Julia Ward Howe died in 1910 on this date

In 1861 abolitionist Julia Ward Howe penned one of America’s most famous songs of all time.

She wrote it upon waking in the pre-dawn of 19 Nov., after visiting a review of Union troops, to an already existing tune. It was published Feb., 1862, in the Atlantic Monthly.

It was translated, quite freely, into Portuguese sometime in the 20th century by Ricardo Pitrowsky and published in the Baptist hymnal Cantor cristão.

The song: “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” to the tune of “John Brown’s Body.”

Other times, other values. Today, no one writes a song for war.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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