The Battle Hymn of the Republic
 
From: tmanning1@triad.rr.com
 
Dear SHNV Readers,
 
For several years hundreds of folks have asked me to put my materials about the Battle Hymn of the Republic (Yes, I know, the name is an oxymoron.) into hard print so that it could more easily be given to friends, pastors and choir leaders.  The revised and enlarged article (unedited by any popular public press) is now a 90-page book and 100% of its sales directly benefit the North Carolina Heritage Foundation. The price is $12.95 plus $3.99 for shipping. Ten or more copies are $9.95 each plus $7.95 for shipping. Copies may be ordered by calling or writing me at the address below. Checks should be made payable to "Tim Manning."
 
The Back Cover summary says, " The purpose of this book is to help pastors, choir leaders and their choirs present a higher level of music ministry to their congregations. There are some songs that congregations sing out of the beauty and meaning of the words and, in some cases, the beautiful nature of the hymn tune itself.* *

There is a song still sung by some churches, mostly in the United States of America, that is repulsive to any Christian who takes even a few seconds to think about its words and their meaning. It is a song that celebrates an unjust war against peaceful Christian agrarian societies and the genocide perpetrated against their families and neighbours. The war was Lincoln’s War to Prevent Southern Independence and the song is The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
 
For years, thousands of faithful well-educated and informed Christians have walked out of their own church services when the Battle Hymn was sung. When they have approached their pastors (and in some cases their Church Boards) about the song some have been rebuffed while others were successful as their churches removed the Battle Hymn from their hymn books and/or destroyed the sheet music to the piece. This book contains the information about the Battle Hymn of the Republic that every Christian should know."
 
Deo Vindice.
 
Timothy D. Manning, Sr.
Executive Director
North Carolina Heritage Foundation