New Acquisition: The BMI Archives Confederate Music Collection

March 1, 2012 – July 13, 2012

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, West Wing (outside the Archives Center) Floor Plan

On view are selections from a recently acquired collection of music published in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Sheet music lyrics and imagery are documentary sources that provide insight into the mindset, values, and beliefs of their creators and consumers. Many of the songs and sentiments involved were common on both sides of the conflict—a tragic reminder of the nature of civil war.