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Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

To mark Memorial Day, Mark Steyn reflects on the interesting history of the Civil War song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.  (Note that link will expire.)

And somehow this combination — an improvised camp-meeting chorus with an in-joke verse about a Boston Scotsman — became the most popular marching song of the Union forces, the one bellowed out as Sherman’s men marched through Georgia in 1864.

Wikipedia has the lyrics.

As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

While doing research for work, I ran into a brief history of Federal Prison Industries, Inc., which made reference to “the Civil War, Great Depression, World War II and other major defense conflicts”.  Defense conflict, huh?  Is that like a “kinetic military action” or an “Overseas Contingency Operation”?