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Collection Band Music from the Civil War Era

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In American Memory

Civil War Maps
The Civil War Map collection of the Geography and Map Division consists of reconnaissance, sketch, coastal, and theater-of-war maps which depict troop activities and fortifications during the Civil War. Part of this selection contains maps by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss, a topographical engineer in the Confederate Army. Hotchkiss made detailed battle maps that were used by Generals Lee and Jackson. This selection also includes maps that depict General Sherman's military campaigns in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Selected Civil War Photographs
The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.

"We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!": Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
More than two hundred sheet-music compositions that represent Lincoln and the war as reflected in popular music form this collection. The collection spans the years from Lincoln's presidential campaign in 1859 through the centenary of his birth in 1909. This music was compiled by Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960), who is considered the greatest private collector of materials relating to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

Selected Bibliography

  • Born Yesterday (Columbia, 1950). Motion picture.
  • "The Boston Band." Boston Musical Gazette (July 25, 1838): 51-52.
  • Brown, D. Arthur. History of Penacook, N.H. Concord, N.H.: The Rumford Press, 1902.
  • Chesterton, G. K. Charles Dickens. London: Methuen & Co., 1906.
  • Cipolla, Frank J. "Annotated Guide for the Study and Performance of Nineteenth Century Band Music in the United States." Journal of Band Research 14, no. 1 (Fall 1978): 22-40.
  • Clark, Emmons. History of the Seventh Regiment of New York, 1806-1889. 2 vols. New York: The Seventh Regiment, 1890.
  • Dodworth, Allen. "The Formation of Bands." Message Bird (August 1, 1849): 9.
  • Dodworth, Allen. Brass Band School. New York: H. B. Dodworth, 1853.
  • Dwight's Journal of Music. Selected issues, 1852-1868.
  • Eaton, E. K. Twelve Pieces of Harmony for Military Brass Bands. New York: Firth and Hall, 1846.
  • Eldredge, Daniel. The Third New Hampshire and All About It. Boston: E. B. Stillings and Co., 1893.
  • Eliason, Robert E. "Brass Instrument Key and Valve Mechanisms Made in America before 1875." Ph.D. diss., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1968. University Microfilms, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, No. 69-7227.
  • Foote, J. Howard. Catalogue of Musical Instruments. New York: J. Howard Foote, 1888.
  • Freemantle, A. J. L. Three Months in the Southern States; April-June 1863. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863.
  • Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs. 2 vols. New York: The Century Co., 1909.
  • Hall, Harry H. A Johnny Reb Band from Salem. Raleigh, N.C.: The North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission, 1963.
  • Herbert, Victor. "Artistic Bands," in Music of the Modern World, edited by Anton Seidl. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1895.
  • Howe, Jr., Elias. First Part of the Musician's Companion. Boston: Elias Howe, Jr., 1844.
  • Mann, Albert W., comp. History of the Forty-fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia: "The Cadet Regiment." Jamaica Plain, Mass.: Brookside Print, 1908.
  • Rauscher, Frank. Music on the March, 1862-65, with the Army of the Potomac, 114th Regt. P. V., Collis' Zouaves. Philadelphia: Wm. F. Fell & Co., 1892.
  • Record of the Service of the Forty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Militia in North Carolina, August 1862 to May 1863. Boston: Privately printed, 1887.
  • Roe, Alfred S. The Twenty-fourth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1866. Worcester, Mass.: Twenty-fourth Veteran Association, 1907.
  • Thompson, S. Millett. Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865: A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888.
  • White, William Carpenter. A History of Military Music in America. New York: Exposition Press, 1944.
  • Wiley, Bell Irvin. The Life of Billy Yank, the Common Soldier of the Union. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1952.