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One of my favorite avenues of collecting the Civil War is the music it produced, and more specifically the sheet music, in which numerous covers were graced with stone lithographs.  In his 1966 classic Lincoln and the Music of the Civil War, Kenneth A. Bernard calls the War Between the States a musical war.  "In camp and hospital they sang -- sentimental songs and ballads, comic songs and patriotic numbers....The songs were better than rations or medicine." By Bernard's count, "...during the first year [of the war] alone, an estimated two thousand compositions were produced, and by the end of the war more music had been created, played, and sung than during all our other wars combined. More of the music of the era has endured than from any other period in our history." For more of the music of the Civil war, visit the web site for music history of the Civil War Preservation Trust. 

 

cw528.jpg (49596 bytes)GEN. CONCORAN'S RELEASE MARCH-  ILLUSTRATED SHEET MUSIC. 13 " x 10 1/4". 5pp. 1862. . Nice waist up stone litho portrait. Exhibits light foxing throughout, trimmed tight to text on on bottom, from bound volume show binding marks along spine, o/w VG complete. (Cw.528); $100..


cw512.jpg (62614 bytes)MARCH OF THE 41ST REGIMENT-  ILLUSTRATED SHEET MUSIC. 13 " x 10 1/4". 5pp. 1862.  Good stone litho of Colonel Chickering of the 41st Mass Volunteers. it. Trimmed on bottom affecting copyright notice, from bound volume show binding marks along spine, o/w Fine complete. (Cw.512); $125.


cw514.jpg (63751 bytes)SONG OF A THOUSAND YEARS- COLOR ILLUSTRATED SHEET MUSIC. Sheet music. 13 " x 10 ". 3pp. Stone litho portrait on cover . A minor amount of scattered foxing, from bound volume show binding marks along spine, o/w Fine complete. (Cw.514); $85.


smcw001.jpg (268055 bytes)SHEET MUSIC - CIVIL WAR - GRAFTED INTO THE ARMY. 1862. 13  x 10 1/4 . Complete 5pp 1862. Lithograph cover art. Pub.by Root & Cady, Chicago. From bond volume with accompanying binding marks along spine. A bit of foxing and wear, overall VG-Fine cond. (smcw.01); $55. 


smcw004.jpg (177486 bytes)SHEET MUSIC - CIVIL WAR - GENERAL McCLERNAND'S GRAND MARCH. 13 1/2  x 10 1/4 . Complete 5pp 1862. Lithograph cover art. Pub.by Root & Cady, Chicago. From bond volume with accompanying binding marks along spine. A bit of foxing and wear, overall VG-Fine cond. (smcw.04); $165. 
John Alexander McClernand  was an American lawyer and politician, a close friend and political ally of Abraham Lincoln and a Union general in the  Civil War. 


smcw009.jpg (335276 bytes)SHEET MUSIC - CIVIL WAR - FOUR POPULAR MARCHES AND QUICKSTEPS. . 13  x 10 1/4 . Complete 5pp 1865. Milwaukee Light Guard Quickstep. Lithograph cover art.  From bond volume with accompanying binding marks aliong spine. A bit of foxing and wear, overall VG-Fine cond. (smcw.09); $175. 


smcw066.jpg (642538 bytes)SHEET MUSIC - CIVIL WAR - PARADE MARCH OF THE 22d REGT. N.Y.S.M. UNION GREYS 14  x 10 3/4 . Complete 5pp 1862. Lithograph cover art. A beautiful graphic cover.  A bit of foxing and wear, overall VG-Fine cond. (smcw.); $200.. 

 

 


cw509.jpg (28305 bytes)GEN. BIDWELL ILLUSTRATED SHEET MUSIC. 13 1/2" x 10 1/4". 5pp. 1864. "Funeral March. To the Memory of the lamented General D. Bidwell". Nice waist up stone litho portrait. Small stain on the left margin, from bound volume show binding marks along spine, o/w VG complete. (Cw.509); $125.
Bidwell was commissioned colonel of the 48th N. Y. infantry, served with it through the Peninsular campaign, and during the Seven Days, battles was in command of a brigade, continuing in charge from Harrison's landing to Washington and up to the time of the battles of South Mountain and Antietam, when he resumed command of his regiment. Col. Bidwell took a prominent part in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, commanded a brigade at Gettysburg, and when Gen. Grant took command of the armies in Virginia was again placed in charge of a brigade, participating in all the battles near Petersburg. He was commissioned brigadier- general of volunteers in July, 1864, and served with honor in all the battles in the Shenandoah valley, under Gen. Sheridan, up to the battle of Cedar creek, in which engagement he was killed.


cw523.jpg (29773 bytes)CONFEDERATE SHEET MUSIC. "To the Friends of Southern Independence. God and Our Rights. 1861.13" x 10 1/4", Published by Blackmar & Bro., New Orleans. A rare title, and a southern imprint. From bound volume showing minor binding marks along spine. (Cw. 523); $225.


cw551.jpg (193935 bytes)THE DRUMMER BOY OF SHILOH-  ILLUSTRATED SHEET MUSIC. 13 1/4 " x 10 1/2". 5pp., complete.  1863.  Stone litho scene at Shiloh. Exhibits light foxing on cover ,  a bit heavier internally, from bound volume show binding marks along spine, overall VG complete. (Cw.551); $195.


cw555.jpg (71210 bytes)LASHED TO THE MAST- FARRAGUT. Sheet music. 13 " x 10 ". 7pp. 1867  . A scarce title, however exhibits  moderate to heavy foxing and staining, split spine, o/w Gd complete. (Cw.555); $65.


cw503.jpg (121467 bytes)THE CHILDREN OF THE BATTLE FIELD. Sheet music, 13 1/4" x 10 1/4" 55 pp complete. Illustrated lithograph cover of the orphaned children of Amos Humison of the 154th N.Y. Volunteers. Full story on the first page of how , after the Battle of Gettysburg, a dead soldier was found on the battlefield holding an ambrotype of three children. The soldier's name was a mystery; and copies of the photograph was circulated on hopes of locating the family, and in the same time, sales of the photograph would aid in the support and education of those  children. After some time, the widow was indeed found. The net proceeds of this music were also reserved for the support of the children.   A scarce and desirable item, overall fine cond. (Cw.503); $245.


smcw147.jpg (427629 bytes)SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR  –  GEN. POPE’s GRAND MARCH - 1862. Sheet music  ,13 ” x 10  , 6 pp. complete.  From bound volume, with slight accompanying bindery markings along spine. Exhibits some minor wear and some light soiling, overall the condition is VG-fine. See photograph. (Smcw147); $120.


smcw154.jpg (589756 bytes)SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR – GRAFTED INTO THE ARMY- 1862. Sheet music  ,131 /4” x 10” , 5 pp. complete.  Lithograph cover. Tear on b/r corner on second page. Exhibits soiling and foxing,  from bound volume with accompanying binding marks along spine,  o/w G- VG cond .See photograph. (Smcw154);  $55.


smcw128.jpg (550885 bytes)SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR –THE SONG OF THE CONTRABANDS- Sheet music,1861(?). Sheet music  ,13” x 10”  , 7 pp. complete.  . Exhibits  some soiling and foxing, from bound volume with accompanying binding marks along spine,  o/w VG cond .See photograph. (Smcw128 ); $135.


smcw026.jpg (336726 bytes)SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR – TRAMP! TRAMP! TRAMP! OF THE PRISONER’S HOPE  - 1861. Sheet music, 13” x 10”, 5 pp. complete.  Exhibits  some soiling and foxing, from bound volume with accompanying binding marks along spine,  o/w VG cond .See photograph. (Smcw26 );$75.


smcw057.jpg (592182 bytes)SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR – DRUMS AND TRUMPETS – CA. 1862. Sheet music, 13 1 /4” x 10 1/4”  , 7 pp. complete. n.d. 1862. Lithograph colored cover. Exhibits  some light soiling and wear, from bound volume with accompanying binding marks along spine,  o/w VG-Fine cond. See photograph. (Smcw57);


SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR – COL. ELLSWORTH’S FUNERAL MARCH- 1861. Sheet music, 131 /2” x 10”  , 5 pp. complete. Exhibits some light soiling and foxing, from bound volume with accompanying binding marks along spine  o/w VG- Fine cond .See photograph. (no number);


smcw071.jpg (448333 bytes)SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR – MUSIC OF THE UNION- 1861  Sheet music, 131 /4” x 10” 9 pp. complete.  Graphically appealing chromolithograph cover. Large repaired tear on right of first page, large tear on bottom of third page, and tear across bottom of seventh page . Exhibits  soiling and foxing;  from bound volume with accompanying binding mark along spine, spine split,  o/w Gd  cond .See photograph. (Smcw71); $85.


smcw062.jpg (512332 bytes)SHEET MUSIC – CIVIL WAR – BATTLE OF PORT ROYAL –1861. Sheet music, 13” x 10”  , 9 pp. complete.  Great lithograph cover. Exhibits  minor soiling and wear, from bound volume with minor accompanying binding mark along spine,  overall Fine + cond .See photograph. (Smcw62);$325. 


SHEET MUSIC - CIVIL WAR - MAJOR GENERAL SHERIDAN'S GRAND VICTORY MARCH. Sheet music  13 x 10 1/4 . Complete 5pp 1864. . From bound volume with accompanying binding marks along spine, bit of foxing and wear, overall Fine cond. (cw502); $155.

 

 

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