Civil War Naval Songs: Period Ballads from the Union and Confederate Navies, and the Home front.
Civil War Naval Songs: Period Ballads from the Union and Confederate Navies, and the Home front. Dan Milner, David Coffin, and Jeff Davis. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2011.
In addition to a collection of Civil War songs, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has released a vast collection of naval tunes from the Civil War Era. Accompanied by an essay on the navy from historian James Bradford at Texas A&M University, the album also contains extensive liner notes to provide historical context for each of the songs. Naval songs on the album are "The Fight of the Hatteras and Alabama"; "The Jamestown Homeward Bound"; "Farragut's Ball"; "The Florida's Cruise"; "The Old Virginia Lowlands, Low"; "The Blockade Runner"; "The Bold Privateer"; "A Yankee Man-of-War"; "The Sailor's Grave"; "The Brooklyn, Sloop-of-War"; "The Alabama"; "The Fate of the Pirate Alabama"; "The Monitor & Merrimac." Well-performed by a trio of singers and a bounty of talented musicians, the album will enhance anyone's understanding of the experiences of naval combat during the Civil War.