Thursday, March 2, 2017
Music Bonded During the Civil War
By Paisley Kirkpatrick Music can be a peacemaker of sorts. At least during the Civil War it had a way of bonding the conflicting troops. Before the fall of Atlanta, the brass band of Major Arthur Shoaff's battalion of the Georgia Sharpshooters gave their expert cornetist to the cause. Each evening after supper, the musician went to the front lines and played for the Confederates along the entrenchments. When firing was heavy, he wouldn't appear. Across the lines, Federal pickets would shout, "Hey, Johnny! We want that cornet player. "He would play, but he's afraid you'll spoil his horn."