The Civil War took place about 30
years before the invention of devices to record sound.
During the interlude, many songs that were popular during the war remained so a full generation later. With the inventions of cylinders and discs, many of them were recorded for the first time. This section contains popular songs of the Civil War as recorded in the early 1900s (some of which were intended
to instill patriotism on the eve of America's entrance
into World War I in 1917).