Battle Hymn of the Republic – Modified for Relevance | Don Caron

Battle Hymn of the Republic - Modified for Relevance -Don Caron
Battle Hymn of the Republic - Modified for Relevance -Don Caron

There’s been a lot of talk about protecting our rights, the right to keep and bear the arms that we’ll need for the fight. And while we’ve clung to that amendment with all of our might other rights have been withdrawn.


Original Post Date:April 4, 2018

Date Posted To This Site: September 16, 2021

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The “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, also known as “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” to people who don’t live in the US, was written by American writer Julia Ward Howe using the tune of “John Brown’s Body.”

Howe’s lyrics were penned in November of 1861, and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of the age (Old Testament, Isaiah 63; New Testament, Rev. 19) with the American Civil War. Since that time, it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.

Kimball’s battalion was dispatched to Murray, Kentucky early in the Civil War, and Julia Ward Howe heard this song during a public review of the troops outside Washington D.C. on Upton Hill, Virginia. Rufus R. Dawes, then in command of Company “K” of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, stated in his memoirs that the man who started the singing was Sergeant John Ticknor of his company. Howe’s companion at the review, The Reverend James Freeman Clarke, suggested to Howe that she write new words for the fighting men’s song. Staying at the Willard Hotel in Washington on the night of November 18, 1861, Howe wrote the verses to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Of the writing of the lyrics, Howe remembered:

“I went to bed that night as usual and slept, according to my wont, quite soundly. I awoke in the gray of the morning twilight; and as I lay waiting for the dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to twine themselves in my mind. Having thought out all the stanzas, I said to myself, “I must get up and write these verses down, lest I fall asleep again and forget them.” So, with a sudden effort, I sprang out of bed and found in the dimness an old stump of a pen which I remembered to have used the day before. I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.”



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