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Hymn of Peace

Hymn of Peace

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Oliver Wendell Holmes

The physician, poet, essayist wrote the words for “A Hymn of Peace.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The songwriter’s son was injured during the Civil War. Holmes, Jr., later became a United States Supreme Court Justice.

Patrick Gilmore

The National Peace Jubilee was conceived and organized by Gilmore.

Band of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry

Bands like this one were recruited to boost troop morale during the Civil War.

National Peace Jubilee Coliseum

The arena built for the musical event covered five acres.

National Peace Jubilee Coliseum Interior

The building sat 50,000 people; the organ at the far end measured 30 by 20 feet and contained 1,786 pipes, one of them more than 40 feet tall.

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