The Battle Cry of Freedom
George F. Root - 1862
George Root was a major Civil War figure through the songs he wrote which inspired Union troops throughout the conflict. This is probably his most famous work, and it gives the title to this CD and concert series, as well as the most famous single work on the war, John McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom. Many of Root's songs were adapted for use by Southern troops as well. Root was a tireless composer, music publisher, and businessman. He knew a good thing when he had one, and he eventually published other versions of this song, a "battle" version, and another which was a campaign song for Lincoln and Johnson in 1864.