Music Business in the Civil War Era
the difficulty and hindrances which would naturally accompany printing
and publishing during a major war, more than 10,000 songs were published
during the Civil War years (Sanjek, 225). This incredible number was achieved
despite the fact that the intense restrictions put in place by the Union,
drastically impaired the South’s ability to publish and print. In
the South , the very cities that were home to the music business were
also home to significant battles and were under Northern occupation.
Even in the North, however, the publishing and printing processes were
far from easy. Due to inflation, the price of paper rose 300 percent;
ink and paper qualities were sacrificed in order to produce a product.
These restrictions affected the sheet covers as well as the music. Only
the most popular best-selling songs would have printed with a cover illustration
during the war (Sanjek, 229).