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 Posted: Fri Dec 19th, 2008 02:26 am
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Johan Steele
Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352

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Longfellow wrote his: "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day" to mourn the loss of his wife and son during the war.

Popular Christmas songs of the day were : Silent Night (often sang in german), Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Away in a Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Deck the Halls, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear & Up on the Housetop were all songs of the period. My unit Captain did some serious research on CW era songs 5-6 years ago including only songs published prior to or during the war and known to be sung by the men.

IIRC there was something on the order of 25,000 songs published during the war. Me... I can't carry a tune in a bucket but by god I can whistle the top off the trees.

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