During the American Civil War, generals on both sides of the conflict tried to ban their soldiers from singing the song Lorena. Why was this?

Answer: A highly sentimental love song with lyrics such as ‘A hundred months have passed, Lorena, since last I held that hand in mine’, it was deemed to make the men too nostalgic for home and thereby lowered their morale and fighting spirit.

Source: The Civil War by Shelby Foote; General Historical Texts

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