"Dixie", also known as "I Wish I Was in Dixie", "Dixie's Land", and other titles, is a popular American song. Composed for an 1859 stage play, it is one of the most distinctively American musical products of the 19th century, and probably the best-known song to have come out of blackface minstrelsy. Although not a folk song at its creation, "Dixie" has since entered the American folk vernacular. The song likely cemented the word "Dixie" in the American vocabulary as a synonym for the Southern United States, which was the Confederate States during the American Civil War. "Dixie" was an unofficial Confederate national anthem, along with "The Bonnie Blue Flag" and "God Save the South." However, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was fond of it and had a band play it when he toured the defeated Confederate capital, Richmond.
Most sources credit Ohio-born Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904) with the song's composition; however many other people have claimed to have composed "Dixie", even during Emmett's lifetime.
"Dixie" in The Guns of the SouthEdit
Although neither the United States nor the Confederate States had an official national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" unofficially held this status in the former, while "Dixie" held it in the latter. At the armistice ceremony in Washington City, which ended the main theater of the Second American Revolution, a military band from each nation played the other nation's unofficial anthem.
"Dixie" in Southern VictoryEdit