Pro-Union Civil War sheet music collection, 1859-1917.


Pro-Union Civil War sheet music collection, 1859-1917.

Collection of sheet music reflecting support for the Union cause during the Civil War, mainly published in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, but also music published in other cities including Albany, Burlington, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Rochester, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, and Toledo, the bulk falling between 1861 and 1865; the collection is organized alphabetically by title into 10 boxes. Collection consists of patriotic, sentimental, inspirational, commemorative, memorial, or spiritual music (and often lyrics) for: Songs, hymns, and anthems; dirges, laments, and requiems; parade, wedding and funeral marches; and dances (the polka, waltz, quickstep, galop, quadrille, & schottisch). Themes and subjects include: Patriotism and union (Flag of our Union polka, Hail Columbia); military and naval victories (The Alabama and Kearsarge, Storming and capture of Fort Donelson); military leaders (Gen. Meade's grand march, Gen. Hooker's quickstep); Emancipation (Year of jubilee); Union troops (Grand quickstep of the California Regiment, Zouave's grand march); African American soldiers; escaped slaves (The Southern contraband); soldiers' deaths (Bear them home tenderly, The vacant chair); fallen heroes (The Memory of Col. Ellsworth); Union victory (The cruel war is over, Freedom triumphant); Jefferson Davis (Jeff's race for the last ditch); and veterans (Our soldiers' reunion grand march). Music is by popular composers of the period such as P.S. Gilmore, Edward Mack, Mrs. E.A. Parkhurst, George F. Root, Frank Wilder and Henry C. Work. Some sheet music covers are illustrated with lithograph portraits or engraved caricatures or scenes, and many have decorated borders.

Approx. 700 items in 10 boxes : ill., ports., music ; 26 cm.


SNAC Resource ID: 8004728

Related Entities

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Wilder, Franklin (person)

Gilmore, P. S. (Patrick Sarsfield), 1829-1892 (person)

Irish-born bandmaster, impresario and composer. From the description of Autograph card signed : Boston, Coliseum, 1872 June 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270907030 Patrick S. Gilmore (1829-1892) was an American bandleader before the time of John Philip Sousa. His career highlights include leading the regimental band for the 24th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War, founding Gilbert and Wright: a musical instrument manufacturer, and organizing concerts of an enor...

Root, George F. (George Frederick), 1820-1895 (person)

Composer, music educator and president of Root & Sons Music Co., Chicago, Ill. Acquaintance of Abby Hutchinson Patton a famous singer (Hutchinson Family Singers) and song writer of the nineteenth century. Also a campaigner for Abraham Lincoln and member of the Executive Committee of the American Equal Rights Association after the Civil War. From the description of Letter, June 26, 1891. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 54354828 ...

Mack, Edward, 1826-1882 (person)

Parkhurst, E. A., Mrs. (person)

Parkhurst was a composer and lyricist active during the middle of the 19th century. From the description of A vision of the spirit world : the prophecies and fulfillments : manuscript, not before 1865. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 731350344 ...

Work, Henry C. (Henry Clay), 1832-1884 (person)

"Work, Henry Clay (1 Oct. 1832-8 June 1884), songwriter, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Alanson Work and Aurelia (maiden name unknown)... He married Sarah Parker in January 1857, and they had four children. He continued to write popular songs suitable for either the parlor or the minstrel show stage... Work was most productive from 1861 to 1866, and many of the songs for which he was known were composed then. Although he published songs regularly from 1866 to 1869,...