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The Battle Cry of Freedom

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Composition date
1862
Language
English
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The "Battle Cry of Freedom", also known as "Rally 'Round the Flag", is a song written in 1862 by American composer George Frederick Root (1820–1895) during the American Civil War. A patriotic song advocating the causes of Unionism and abolitionism, it became so popular that composer H. L. Schreiner and lyricist W. H. Barnes adapted it for the Confederacy, The Battle-Cry of Freedom.

Opening line - "Yes, we'll rally round the flag, boys, We'll rally once again" (and says "The Union forever" in the Chorus)

The Confederate adaptation opens "Our flag is proudly floating on the land and on the main" (and says "Dixie forever" in the Chorus).
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written by English

Title Performer Release date Info
The Battle Cry of Freedom John Terrell June 1898 Unverified
1917
1939 Medley
1960
1961
February 1962
1965
1986
October 22, 1987
August 1, 1991
1992
1994
June 23, 1998
November 27, 2005 Live
April 3, 2011
June 14, 2011
2011
August 1, 2012
January 20, 2014
June 30, 2018 Live

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written by , English Confederate version opens with "Our flag is proudly floating on the land and on the main..."