orthent (orthent) wrote in little_details,

American hymns, circa 1862?

Time/place: Virginia, 1862

Can anyone give me suggestions for a hymn one might sing to comfort himself if he felt a premonition of death? The tune should be one that an outsider would find melancholy and even rather eerie.

The singer is a Virginia farmboy in 1862; the hearer is a Philadelphian in the early 1980s.

(And yes, I admit to Googling "The Southern Harmony" but throwing up my hands in despair at the sheer number of MIDI files to listen to, so I'm throwing myself on the mercy of Little Details.)
Tags: 1860-1869, usa: history: civil war, ~music

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