Battle Cry of Freedom, The

DESCRIPTION: "Oh, we'll rally 'round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again, Shouting the battle cry of freedom... The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah...." Sundry boasts about the might and patriotism of the Union army marching to overcome the rebels
AUTHOR: George F. Root
EARLIEST DATE: 1862 (sheet music published by Root & Cady)
KEYWORDS: Civilwar patriotic
FOUND IN: US Australia
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, p. 34, "The Battle Cry of Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune, thoroughly mixed with "Marching Through Georgia")
RJackson-19CPop, pp. 18-21, "The Battle Cry of Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lawrence, pp. 362-363, "The Battle-Cry of Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune, a copy of the Root & Cady sheet music)
Silber-CivWarFull, pp. 17-19, "The Battle Cry of Freedom (Rallying Song)"; p. 19, "The Battle Cry of Freedom, II (Battle Song)"; p. 20, "Southern 'Batty Cry of Freedom'" (3 texts, 1 tune, with the second being apparently a new set of words by author Root and the third an anonymous southern parody)
Silber-CivWarAbbr, pp. 18-19, "The Battle Cry of Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #90, p. 7, "Battle Cry of Freedom, or, We'll Rally Round the Flag Boys" (21 references); cf. #1959, p. 131, "Rally Round the Flag Boys" (12 texts, none of them credited to Root; this appears to be a separate song)
Darling-NAS, pp. 346-347, "Battle Cry of Freedom" (1 text)
Hill-CivWar, p. 205, "The Battlecry of Freedom" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 285, "The Battle Cry Of Freedom" (1 text)
DT, BATTLCRY*

ST MA034 (Full)
RECORDINGS:
[Arthur] Harlan & [Frank] Stanley, "Battle Cry of Freedom" (Victor 4099, c. 1904) (CYL: Edison 8805, 1904)
J. W. Myers, "Battle Cry of Freedom" (Victor 3387, c. 1904)
John Terrell, "Battle Cry of Freedom" (Berliner 1854, 1898)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The People's Rally Cry" (tune)
SAME TUNE:
The People's Rally Cry (Greenway-AFP, p. 61)
The Rally Cry of Freedom ("Come true loyal hearts") (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 131)
Rally Round the Cause Boys (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 131)
Hiram's Menagerie ("Hiram had a little lamb," an anti U. S. Grant campaign song, sung to this tune despite the "little lamb" line) (Lawrence, p. 455)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
We'll Rally Round the Flag
Rally Round the Flag
NOTES: There were (at least) two Civil War pieces called "The Battle Cry of Freedom," this and one beginning "Hark! the loud bell now spreads the alarm (7 verses and chorus attributed to "A. Anderson, late of 82d Regt" and published in 1863). The George F. Root song is by far the more popular; the catalog in Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, pp. 7-8, lists two prints of the Anderson song and 21 of Root's. On p. 131, Wolf lists twelve more broadsides published under the title "Rally Round the Flag," although this too may be another song. Certainly another such song existed, with the first lines "Rally round the Flag Boys, Give it to the breeze, That's the banner we love...." It had words by James T. Field and music by William B. Bradbury.- RBW
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File: MA034

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