Patriotism During The Civil War Essay

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When looking back in history there were many wars, and with wars come citizens who are patriotic and serve during the wars. During the Civil War, people had been patriotic in many ways other than going to war. The women, who were at home taking care of the family, would send patriotic envelopes which contained letters that would raise the spirits of those fighting. Some would have flags on them and they would have slogans and mottos saying “God Bless America” or “for God and Country”(Arispe). But these envelopes weren’t just there to raise the spirits of those fighting, they were also there to help inform people of the war. A famous envelope show ‘Quaker Jane’ handing ‘Quaker Jim’ a rifle, telling him to support the war. Though they were Quakers, they had a sense of obligation to fight. Even Robert E. Lee wrote a letter to his son saying " As I am an American citizen, I take great pride ...view middle of the document...

And it was during this that many songs were created and only a few years later the Secretary of Navy had the Star Spangled Banner named the official tune at the rising of the flag ( Library). People loved music because of the sentimental feeling it brings, people were singing songs in camps and hospitals. These songs range from sentimental ones, ballads, comic songs, and patriotic numbers (Beavins).
Patriotism was also seen in propaganda in the sense that it used patriotic symbols, like Uncle Sam, to get people to sign up for the war and do what they could to support the war as if it were their civic duty to defend the country. The did this by using patriotic slogans and pictures, hoping to catch the eyes of those who walk by. By catching the eyes of people, they would be tempted to do what it said since it plants a seed in their mind that makes them feel like the have to do it.
When looking at the book March, Mr. March goes off to fight in the Civil War. By doing so he leaves his wife and children behind to aide the Union in their fight against the Confederacy. When he comes home for the first time he isn’t too badly damaged; however later on, because soldiers in his town were heading off, March decided that he was going to go with them. “ I told him to go. I didn’t cry at our parting. I said that I was giving my best to the country I love,...... we each of us had merely done our duty and will surely be happier for it in the end” (Brooks 209). Though his wife, Marmee, didn’t want him to go, she let him go knowing that he was doing this for the love of the country and because, since he was a preacher in the community he wanted to go with them to show that God was with the young men. During the Civil War, women would have to stay home and encourage their husband, sons, brothers, and fathers who have gone to fight for what they believed in.
“I am not alone in this. I only let him do to me what men have ever done to women: march off to empty glory and hollow acclaim and leave us behind to pick up the pieces” (Brooks 211).

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