The War Between the States

On April 12, 1861, 150 years ago, the Amer­i­can War Between the States, or Amer­i­can Civ­il War, began when Con­fed­er­ate forces attacked a U.S. mil­i­tary instal­la­tion at Fort Sumter in South Car­oli­na.

It remains the dead­liest war in Amer­i­can his­to­ry, result­ing in the deaths of 620,000 sol­diers and an unknown num­ber of civil­ians.

Today on Radio Riel’s Main stream our pro­gram com­mem­o­rates this momen­tous event in Amer­i­can His­to­ry and fea­tures the music of the Amer­i­can Civ­il War, as well as pop­u­lar and Roman­tic Clas­si­cal music from the mid-19th Cen­tu­ry. You will hear Amer­i­can Folk music, Negro Spir­i­tu­als, Ear­ly Amer­i­can Hymns, Pop­u­lar Music of the time by Stephen Fos­ter and pieces from com­posers such as Chopin and Liszt.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://main.radioriel.org. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

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