1847 Mexican American War Sheet Music Dedicated To Colonel Jeff Davis Civil War
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1847 Mexican American War Sheet Music Dedicated To Colonel Jeff Davis Civil War:
Exceptionally and fascinating, original, 1847 Mexican American War Military Sheet Music dedicated to "Colonel Jefferson Davis" - commanding officer of the 1st Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers and later President of the Confederate States of America. The Sheet Music is titled “Grand March of the 1st Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers, in Which is Introduced The National Air / The Star Spangled Banner... Respectfully Dedicated to Col. Jeffn. Davis and the Officers Under His Command".By Philip P. Werlein. New York, 1847. Copyright 1847 by the publisher - F. Riley & Co. of New York.
This fantastic piece of original, 1847 Sheet Music measures approx. 10 1/4” by 13 1/4” and is the 1st Edition of this important Mexican American War Grand March. Offered here is the complete, 6 page Sheet Music which was written by Philip P. Werlein and copyright 1847 by the publisher. The composition is "Respectfully Dedicated to Col. Jeffn. Davis...".
On May 13thm 1846 an angry U.S. Congress, at President James Polk’s request, declared war on Mexico and authorized recruitment of 50,000 volunteers. A wave of patriotic fervor, war-fever, brought strong popular support for the war, especially in the western states, both north and south. And it was from the western states that the first 20,000 were called. Easterners could be requested later, if needed. The governor of Illinois was asked for four regiments of 1,000 men each to serve for one year, Ohio and Indiana were asked for three regiments, Kentucky and Tennessee for two, and Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi for only one regiment. But in Mississippi the response to a call for 1,000 volunteers was so overwhelming that by June 1, an estimated 17,000 boys were in Vicksburg wanting to enlist.
Eventually 10 of the VERY best Companies of Soldiers were organized to form the 1st Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers - known as the Mississippi Rifles - the finest Volunteer Regiment to serve in the Mexican War. Before leaving by steamboat for New Orleans to await ships for Texas, the First Mississippi Regiment elected Jefferson Davis of Warren County as its colonel. Davis was serving as a congressman from Mississippi, and would later, during the American Civil War, be president of the Confederate States. Davis was a West Point graduate who had already served in the U. S. Army. When he took command in New Orleans, his thorough training and constant drilling shaped the Mississippians into an outstanding unit that became the recognized favorite of General Zachary Taylor. Colonel Davis had another link with General Taylor: he was his son-in-law. Some years before, Colonel Davis had married General Taylor’s daughter, who died only a few months after the wedding. Of particular note was Colonel Davis’s insistence that his men be given the very newest type of rifle. They became so good with them that the regiment throughout the war was known as the Mississippi Rifles.
This rare and wonderful, Mexican American War, Military Sheet Music is among one of only a handful of pieces of period ephemera relating to the public perception of Jefferson Davis as an American Hero during the Mexican American War. The Sheet Music in very good condition - clean and crisp with evidence along the spine that it had once been bound in a Album Volume as well as some small remnants of an early, paper tape reinforcement at the spine. The spine is intact and sound and the Sheet Music displays nicely.
A very rare and historically important, 1847 Mexican American War Military Sheet Music dedicated to "Colonel Jefferson Davis" - commanding officer of the 1st Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers and later President of the Confederate States of America and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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