The Greenpoint Monitor Museum "Road Show"

Northside Catholic Academy

June 12, 2007


Music of the Civil War

Music played an important part in the lives of the Civil War soldiers. Many
young boys joined the Union Army as drummer boys.

Drum Corps of the Ninety-third New York Infantry.


After the Battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (USS Merrimac)
the music above was written in honor of John Ericsson and the USS Monitor.

One famous Civil War song is "WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME AGAIN". It was written by Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore. He was an Irish immigrant. He led Patrick Gilmore's Band. At the beginning of the Civil War his band enlisted as a group in the Union Army as part of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry. Gilmore's band served as musicians at many battles including Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Richmond. He composed the words and music to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" in 1863.

When Johnny comes marching home again,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel gay,
When Johnny comes marching home.

The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our darling boy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give the hero three times three,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.



Plaque from where the the USS Monitor was buillt.  Consolidated Freightways donated this  plaque from the interior of their building.   (66kb) George's t-shirt from JHS 126 - John Ericsson School (71kb) Geroge's t-shirt from PS 110 - the Monitor School. (67kb) John Ericsson invented a steam fire truck.  It was pulled by horses.  This is a model of a later fire truck run totally by steam. (86kb)
The USS Minnesota was a wooden US Navy vessel from the Civil War.  It used wind power to move. (87kb) John Ericsson invented the USS Monitor.  It was built in Greenpoint.   It was made of iron, it had a steam engine and a revolving turret. (94kb) NorthsideCatAcady0607g.jpg (67kb) This was the top of a Ellsworth's Fire Zouaves flagpole.  It was in many battles. (80kb)
The mascot with the US flag is the Union mascot.  The soldiers with him are wearing blue uniforms.  The soldiers with the Confederate mascot are wearing gray uniforms. (76kb) NorthsideCatAcady0607j.jpg (95kb) Old Abe the eagle was in 37 battles.  He was from Wisconsin. (84kb) Johnny Clem joined the army when he was nine years old. (76kb)
This is a musician's uniform. (97kb) NorthsideCatAcady0607n.jpg (87kb) NorthsideCatAcady0607o.jpg (51kb) This is a confederate uniform. (80kb)
NorthsideCatAcady0607q.jpg (81kb) She is wearing a Hawkin's Zouave Fez. (85kb) A member of the USS Monitor's crew. (108kb) A civil war raincoat. (81kb)
Our recruit is ready for action. (150kb) NorthsideCatAcady0607v.jpg (45kb) Arthur plays a marching tune. (87kb) This is Arthur's great grandfather who was in the Civil War. (85kb)
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The Museum is not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) status.
FUNDING FOR THE 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 "Road Shows" WAS PROVIDED BY THE
Through a $50,000 Grant obtained by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez


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