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Music to wargame or paint figures by!!


Reader Andy MacDonald-Rice of merry ole’ Wales is a buff of American Civil War music (and he’s one of the more talented painters of miniature Civil War figurines that I have come across). Andy read my thread on the 2nd South Carolina String Band and sent me a list of ACW music that Charge! readers might enjoy. Many of these titles are available from on-line sources that ship internationally.

Of his list, I have several of the Bobby Horton titles. Horton’s style and interpretation of these classic songs is something that I have long enjoyed. I like to put on one or two of his CDs while I am wargaming, as they provide great background music. The creators of the TalonSoft series of PC computer gamers must agree, since they included Horton’s songs in their Civil War series.

What is your favorite Civil War band or singer? Leave a comment explaining who you like best and why? Any of these bands that you do NOT recommend or like? Why?

2nd SC String Band

Southern Soldier



Hard Road



In high Cotton



Dulcem Melodies

Acoustic Shadows of Blue and Grey

Marching the Road of Valor



Echoes through Time I



Echoes Through Time II

Bobby Horton

Homespun Music of the CSA 1-6



Homespun Music off the Union Army 1-5



Homespun Songs of Faith

Dave Mathews

Shades of Blue and Grey



A Nations Broken Soul

Jimmy Phillips

Rebel Soldier

Wayne Erbsen

Battlefield Ballads of the Civil War



Ballads and Songs of the Civil War



Love Songs of the Civil War



Southern Soldier Boy



The Home Front

52nd  Regimental String Band

Voices of Shiloh



Voices of Gettysburg



The Dissolution Wagon

The Camp Chase Fifes and Drums

Volumes 1-3

Cumberland Blues

Soldiers Joy

5th Michigan Band

Reflection of the Civil War



Hymns of the Civil War period



Echoes of the Civil War



Sounds of the Civil War

119th  NYSV Field Music

Volume 1

26th NC Regt. Band

Music on the March

David Kincade

The Irish American’s Song



The Irish Volunteer




A good resource is

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What other music do you like?

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The best ACW camp music group????

Dad in his Army Air Force WWII uniform

Sgt. Robert E. Mingus

One of my fondest memories was a Saturday five years ago when my beloved Dad, a veteran of WWII then in his late 80s),  and I attended the annual Civil War relics and collectibles show in Mansfield, Ohio (a huge event that all Civil War buffs should attend at least once in their lifetimes). As Dad and I wandered around this sprawling show, we both paused for awhile to listen to a lively minstrel string band, dressed in Confederate reenactor uniforms. My Dad loved them and commented how authentic they sounded. He grew up in the southeastern Ohio Appalachian hill country during the Roaring ’20s  and was no stranger to good music. The group playing in Mansfield was the 2nd South Carolina String Band, and they were really entertaining.

My Dad passed away in May 2005 while I was on a business trip to Finland, and I struggled through a year and a half of depression, personal pain,  and heartache. Last summer, as my sons and my daughter-in-law attended the annual Gettysburg reenactment, we heard the lively strains of “Camptown Races” coming from one of the sutler’s tents. It turned out to be the very same band that my Dad and I had enjoyed on our final Civil War outing together. So many memories rushed back, and, frankly, it was a healing moment. I bought one of their CDs, Hard Road, and became hooked. For Christmas, my wonderful wife and best friend Debi gave me another of their CDs, this one a collection of camp songs entitled In High Cotton. During a book signing last month at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg (I sold out of my book that day!), I picked up another of the 2nd SC String Band’s outstanding CDs, this one being Southern Soldier, a nice blend of camp songs and martial tunes. It includes one of the very best renditions of “Dixie” that I have ever heard.

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