The main theme of the south, Dixieland and the theme of the North, Battle Hymn of the Republic are played one after the other to depict the conflict between the two armies. A development battle ensues as the conflict between the two grow. Concluding the battle is a triumphant version of Dixieland to represent the South dominating the war up to this point. General Stonewall Jackson is introduced next in a joyous marching victory. His theme is built to a climatic end with two abrupt cannon shots to represent Jackson’s sudden death when he was shot twice by his own confused men.
The North then starts to have major victories with battles such as Gettysburg and Vicksburg. These northern victories forced the South to be on the defensive for the rest of the war. After a grandiose Battle Hymn of the Republic, the south returns with William T. Sherman’s theme, Marching Through Georgia. Continuing with the southern themes, Swing Low is introduced to represent the struggle of the slaves. The North and South themes return once more before another developmental battle erupts. However, this time the North is victorious concluding the war between them. The piece ends in a exciting coda with the North, South, and the abolishment of slavery represented with a jubilant Swing Low finale.
Dixie (Dixie’s Land), by Daniel Decatur Emmett, 1859
The Battle Hymn of the Republic, by William Steffe, 1856
Stonewall Jackon’s March, by Anonymous, 1862
Marching Through Georgia, by Henry Clay Work, 1865
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, by Wallace Wallis, ~after 1865