Music played an important part in the American Civil War in motivating soldiers to go out and fight for their cause. Every fighting unit had a band, and they would play to stir the fighting spirit in each soldier so they could place themselves in that suicidal line of fire which was the Civil War. Often, the band members would play songs, then put their instruments down and pick up weapons to join the battle.
Such information about the history of Civil War music is what Steve Ball, a Civil War musician and historian from Columbus, Ohio, brings out in his presentations in Civil War events, documentaries, and radio and television interviews. Ball is an amazing presenter on the history of the Civil War and can cite names and dates without hesitation or having to think long about it. In his presentations, Ball plays a Civil War-era guitar, sings historical songs, and informs his audience about the history of those songs as well as other historical information. He has studied the American Civil War since he was twelve years old and knows who wrote a song, what happened to inspire the composer, and what was happening in the war at the time the song was written and popular.
Ball has also been a collector for the past 30 years of Martin brand guitars which he plays when he performs. He is the owner (or the present caretaker as he likes to put it) of two Civil War-era Martin Size 3 guitars which are extremely rare as well as other models of Martin guitars.
Ball has a heritage from the Civil War through his great-great grandfather William Tyler Butts who was born in Athens County, Ohio, in 1842. Butts fought in the battles of Second Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. He died of tuberculosis and was buried in an unmarked grave which Ball was able to find in 1991 and place a memorial marker on it.
For an enjoyable and informative presentation, contact Steve Ball at his website www.steveballcivilwarmusic.com
He just might teach you how to sing “Eating Goober Peas.”