Today's American Minute — Battle Hymn of the Republic & efforts to abolish the the slave trade - American Minute with Bill Federer

Battle Hymn of the Republic & efforts to abolish the slave trade - American Minute with Bill Federer

Battle Hymn of the Republic & efforts to abolish the the slave trade - American Minute with Bill Federer

Battle Hymn of the Republic & efforts to abolish the slave trade - American Minute with Bill Federer

In 1861, Julia traveled to Washington, D.C., and saw the city teeming with military, horses galloping all around and innumerable campfires burning. She wrote: "I went to bed that night as usual, and slept, according to my wont, quite soundly. I awoke in the gray of the morning twilight; and as I lay waiting for the dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to twine themselves in my mind.

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