You may not know the what the unofficial Confederate Army song from the Civil War was, but you have almost certainly heard it. The song named "Dixie" can actually be heard, in part, every time one of the Duke boys would hit the horn in the General Lee on the Dukes of Hazzard.
The song, written by Daniel Decatur Emmett in 1859, and first performed in New York City or so history would have you believe. There are rumors and conspiracies that say the song was actually written in part by some unexpected people.
Many people believe that Emmett had some help writing the song that would put him in the history books, and they believe the help he got was from a family band out of Ohio called The Snowden Family Band. They were one of the few black bands that actually made a living touring through white communities.
Five of seven Snowden siblings made up the members of the band: Sophia, Ben, Phebe, Martha, Lew (or Lou), Elsie, and Annie. They were a family of free blacks that would travel around their home in Ohio putting on concerts for predominantly white audiences.
But how are they tied to writing the song that would later be adopted by the Confederate Army?