Attack on the batteries at Bull Run by three companies of the First Massachusetts Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Welles, commanding.

This Week in the Civil War

Nov 18, 1861
In the early morning hours of November 19, 1861, Julia Ward Howe awoke in a Washington D.C. hotel room, and in a single burst, wrote a poem inspired by the popular marching song “John Brown’s Body.” Her stanzas, later titled “Battle Hymn of the Republic” became a rallying song throughout the Union army and the Northern states, and eventually became part of the American song canon. It also brought Howe the recognition as a writer that she had long sought.


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