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The song "Dixie", the de facto anthem of the Confederacy during the American Civil War was not even written by a southerner. It was written by a man named Daniel Decatur Emmett in a New York hotel in 1859 for a popular minstrel show at the time. It quickly became a hit and was played at the inauguration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Emmett, a strong supporter of the Union was furious and claimed later that if he had known for what purpose his song was going to be used, he would never have written it.

Webmaster Note: Several people have come forward over the years contesting the song's authorship but so far none have been proven. Since the copyright was held by Emmett, he is considered the author unless proven otherwise.

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