BISHOP CHARLES C. MCCABE SIGNED QUOTE, "May our names both be involved in the Book of Life, Yours faithfully, C. C. McCabe", 5 x 2.5, by American University Chancellor, Civil War prisoner in Libby Prison, influential in promoting The Battle Hymn of the Republic. In fine condition, age toning, upper left corner missing, mounting remnants on reverse.
Charles Caldwell McCabe (1836-1906), was Bishop of M.E. Church, Chancellor of American University (1899-1902), and was credited by Julia Ward Howe as having popularized her famous piece, The Battle Hymn of the Republic after his imprisonment as a prisoner of war by the Confederates in Libby Prison during the Civil War. McCabe learned about the Battle Hymn of the Republic, according to his biography, when a newspaper was slipped through the bars of the Civil War prison where he and others were being held. Nineteenth-century newspapers featured poems and other art forms, including the lyrics to songs. Along with the lyrics to this newly written song was a notation telling readers it should be sung to the tune of "John Brown's Body Lies A-Mouldering In His Grave." McCabe liked the song, sang it, and taught it to his fellow prisoners—doctors, lawyers and other professionals—to pass the time in prison. He nearly died in prison due to the unsanitary conditions, suffering from chills and fever from the illness he contracted there.