Hymn of Peace
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The physician, poet, essayist wrote the words for “A Hymn of Peace.”
The songwriter’s son was injured during the Civil War. Holmes, Jr., later became a United States Supreme Court Justice.
The National Peace Jubilee was conceived and organized by Gilmore.
Bands like this one were recruited to boost troop morale during the Civil War.
The arena built for the musical event covered five acres.
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.