John Brown's Body

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"John Brown's Body" (originally known as "John Brown's Song") is a famous Union marching song of the American Civil War. It was for many years generally assumed to have been created as a tribute to the abolitionist acts of John Brown, a claim now disputed by some historians. The song was found offensive by Major General George B. McClellan while he was in command of the Army of the Potomac, and he tried to ban it, to little effect (Sears, Stephen, Landscape Turned Red).

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"John Brown's Body" is sung to the tune originally used for "Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us", a camp song attributed to William Steffe. Julia Ward Howe wrote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" as a set of alternate lyrics in 1861.

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