Early American Sheet Music: Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889

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Military Items

* CITY GUARDS QUICK STEP. Oliver Ditson. Boston. 1835
Composed by Walch. Arranged for the Piano-Forte. With a Flute Accompaniment, and also for two flutes, By Ch. Zeuner. Dedicated to the City Guards By the Boston Brigade Band. [4] pp., p. 4 blank.

This is the second song advertised by Oliver Ditson. June 20, 1835. (In the Boston Transcript.)

Illustration: Officer of City Guards, sword in left hand, bugle to lips. Soldiers are at attention. To left, soldiers advancing in open formation, one firing his gun.

* DESERTER, THE. John Cole. Baltimore. [1832-1833]
Written expressly for Miss Paton by Tho. Haynes Bayly. Lith: Endicott & Swett. Plate Mark 536. 8 pp., pp. 2 and 7 blank, pp. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, being incorrectly numbered. Printed on light green paper.

Illustration: Deserter, stripped of uniform, on one knee, as firing squad aims at him. Right hand pushes away his faithful dog. Fortified town in background. Ground strewn with wreckage of battle.

* 8th COMPANY NATIONAL GUARD. Geib & Walker. New York. 1841
Quick Step. As Performed By The New-York Brass Band. Composed And Respectfully Dedicated To The 8th Company, N. G. Capt. H. C. Shumway, by C. S. Grafulla. Price 25 Cts. Nett. Lith: Endicott. Artist R. E. Launitz, 8th N. G. 4 pp., p. 4 blank.

Illustration: Officer, with hands behind back, looking at private who stands at attention. In rear of officer, squad of soldiers is marching. At top: Eagle with 8 in beak. Wings outspread, body in wreath. Flags in background. Ribbon reading Pro Patria et Gloria. At right and left: ornaments of cannon, stacked guns, swords, knapsacks, etc. etc. Cannon at left marked Hyde Park, cannon at right: Middletown.

* HERO'S QUICK STEP. Henry Prentiss. Boston. 1836 [By Henry Schmidt.] 4 pp., p. 4 blank. Cover printed sideways.

Illustration: Soldiers marching in formation to encampment on Boston Common parade ground, past great elm at left. A few civilians are watching, at tail-end of parade. The elm, claimed to be the oldest tree in Boston, was destroyed by storm February 13th, 1876.

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