During the American Civil War, Union soldiers made a number of trips through Georgia. The song "Marching through Georgia" is one of the most widely known songs from that time period, and it has become an enduring symbol for the campaign. The song, written by Henry Clay Work in 1865, tells the story of the march and the many events that occurred along the way.
The song has a brisk tune and triumphant lyrics, but its popularity was tempered by the bitterness of a war that ended with the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the enslavement of millions of slaves. Although the song praised abolitionist sentiments, it was also popular with Southerners in the years following the war.
It is a rousing song that evokes the feeling of being on a march through the wilderness. It is an excellent choice for a classroom lesson on the Civil War.
A rousing version of the song can be played for a group of students and they should get a kick out of it. They might even want to role play their way through it, having each student assume a different character and singing as that person might in the song.
The song has been recorded by many artists and has been featured in a variety of movies, most famously L.A. Story, French Kiss and Mr. Bean's Holiday. The song has a lot of sonic tricks up its sleeve but the most interesting feature is the lyrics. The lyrics to the song are a good example of the lyrics-oriented style known as chanson. The lyrics to the song have several lyrical elements that make this a standout amongst other songs about the ocean.