The Boys Are Marching: A Digital Analysis of Civil War Sheet Music

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Digital Project

Date of Creation

Summer 2017

Department 1



"Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" was written in December 1864 by George Frederick Root and published by Root & Cady. In 1865 it sold 150,000 copies. This digital project does an analyzes all aspects of the song. This website explores different aspects of the song “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!” The sheet music cover is compelling because it contains illustrated references to five of Root’s other songs: "The Vacant Chair", "My Heart is Like a Silent Lute", "Who'll Save the Left", "Battle Cry of Freedom", and "Within the Sounds of the Enemy's Guns." There are also sections on this website dedicated to the life of the composer, George Frederick Root, as well as the publishing company, Root & Cady. The lyrics are in the process of being annotated. Visitors to this site can click on different sections of the lyrics to learn about their significance. Because “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!” has a very “catchy” tune, other songs were written with the same melody.


Final project for the 2017 Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College.

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