A “Star-Spangled Banner” song sheet distributed by the rabidly Unionist Loyal National League to help counteract propaganda from Democrat Copperheads who sympathized with the South

A “Star-Spangled Banner” song sheet distributed by the rabidly Unionist Loyal National League to help counteract propaganda from Democrat Copperheads who sympathized with the South

New York: Office of the Rebellion Record, circa 1860. Unbound. This song sheet measures approximately 5.5” x 9.75”. It contains the music and lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner” and is headlined, “National Songs Issued by the Loyal National of League.” Light toned. Very good. Item #009458

The Loyal National League was a loose confederation of city leagues organized in conjunction with the Young Men’s Republican Union in late 1860/early 1861 by Northern unionists to counteract propaganda of the Copperhead movement by Southern sympathizers in the border areas of Missouri, Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Ohio. (The Young Men’s Republican Union had been in existence since Fremont’s first Republican presidential campaign and is often credited for bring Abraham Lincoln to the attention of a national audience by sponsoring his speech at the Cooper Union in February of 1860.)

The Loyal National League focused not just on promoting loyalty, but on rooting out disloyalty to include demanding that Southern sympathizers be dismissed from government employment. Over time the various city Leagues, mostly filled with working class members, combined their efforts with other patriotic organizations including the Union League, which was a much more well-to-do and monied organization.

Its efforts continued until South Carolina bombarded Fort Sumter, which had a unifying effect on public opinion in the North far more than the League’s propaganda and speechifying ever did.

As of 2019, no other Loyal National League song sheets are for sale in the trade, and the Rare Book Hub shows only one auction record. Of the six similar League song sheets identified at OCLC, five are held by the New York Historical Society; one is “The Star-Spangled Banner.”.

Price: $100.00