“Battle Cry of Freedom” was a popular song during the Civil War.  It was a celebration of the Union and freedom.

One place you can see the song used in movies is “Lincoln.” After the Republicans secured passage of the 13th amendment to permanently end slavery, the Republicans celebrated on the floor of the Senate by singing the song.

The amendment was passed over the harsh, vigorous opposition of the Democrats who remained in Senate. They did not want to set slaves free, even though they were not part of the South.

A video of the song:

Lyrics of the song:

Yes we’ll rally round the flag, boys, we’ll rally once again

Shouting the battle cry of freedom

We will rally from the hillside, we’ll gather from the plain

Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

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[Chorus]

The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!

Down with the traitors, up with the stars

While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again

Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

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We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before

Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

And we’ll fill our vacant ranks with a million freemen more

Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

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[Chorus]

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We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave

Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

And although they may be poor, not a man shall be a slave

Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

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[Chorus]

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So we’re springing to the call from the East and from the West

Shouting the battle cry of Freedom

And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land that we love best

Shouting the battle cry of Freedom

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The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!

Down with the traitors, up with the stars

While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again

Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

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