Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hymns for the Camp

I recently received information from Mark Sweat in VA about a small Confederate hymnal that has been reprinted. Hymns For The Camp is a reproduction of part of a hymnal used by Confederate soldiers during the war between the USA and CSA. It has hymns such as Amazing Grace, Just As I Am, Not all the blood of beasts, On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand, and There is a fountain. It is a words-only hymn book, no tunes.

The booklet contains 28 pages, each 2-7/8 wide-by-4-3/8 inches tall. Price is $1, plus .50¢ for postage. It can be ordered from the Lane Society. Ordering information can be found at:
Col. John Randolph Lane Society

Full electronic versions of this book can be found at
Documenting the American South and Google Books.

The hymn below is from Hymns For The Camp. It was a new one to me, and I just thought about how in those circumstances 1861-65 how it might have been both comforting and sobering.

1. Another day of soldier life
Is numbered with the past;
It was not filled with bloody strife,
And did not prove our last.
2. Thy grace, O God, hath kept us whole;
To thee we lift our praise;
Accept the homage of each soul,
And keep us all our days.
3. Keep us in safety through the night,
And with us those we love:
Save us, we pray thee, by thy might,
In battle and above.

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