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Julia Ward Howe (1819–1910) was an American abolitionist, author, poet, and social activist.


"One night in December, 1861, Julia Ward Howe sat in her hotel room in Washington listening to the regiments sing 'John Brown's Body' as they marched to the front. From her window she could see the camp fires of the Union Army, and as she watched them a poem began to form in her mind. She wrote it down on a scrap of paper, and a couple of months later it was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Thus the stirring 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' came into existence."

—Edith Fowke and Joe Glazer, Songs of Work and Freedom (1960)


The Battle Hymn of the Republic


 

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