BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

This hymn was born dur­ing the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, when Julia Ward Howe vis­it­ed a Un­ion Ar­my camp on the Po­to­mac Riv­er near Wash­ing­ton, D. C. She heard the sol­diers sing­ing the song “John Brown’s Body,” and was tak­en with the strong march­ing beat. The next day she wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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