Soldiers and civilians have come up with inventive ways of immortalizing battles and generals throughout the Civil War. Songs like “All Quiet Along the Potomac” or “Vacant Chair” or “Just Before the Battle, Mother”. The Wilderness made an impression on the minds and hearts of those who either experienced it firsthand or heard about it. This song, written in 1864 by James D. Gay, contains a few errors (Beauregard and Bragg were not at the Wilderness) and the excessive use of the word “sirs” at the end of pretty much every line, but it’s a piece of war media that was designed to boost the spirits of the Union.
The Battle of the Wilderness. Monographic. Online Text. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/amss.hc00035c/>.