The quest for a national anthem: Civil War edition

The Star Spangled Banner became the legal national anthem of the United States in 1931, the first time any song received that designation. That doesn’t mean no one perceived a need for a national anthem any earlier. In the early days of the Civil War, people attending rallies on the northern side sang two other songs besides The Star Spangled Banner: Yankee Doodle and Hail, Columbia. My Country ‘Tis of Thee dates from 1831, but apparently it was not as popular as the others.The other three were all good, emotional rallying cries, but more and more people were beginning to … Continue reading