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Songsheet 2 - Give us back our old Commander
Songsheet 2 - Give us back our old Commander
TitleSongsheet 2 - Give us back our old Commander
Lyricist(s)Winner, Septimus, 1827-1902
Published byCharles Magnus & Co.
Date written186-?
Physical Dimensions20 x 13 cm
Subject(s)McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885--Songs and music
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Songs and music
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Object TypeSongsheet (broadside)
Historical InformationWritten by Septimus Winner in 1862. The popular McClellan was the "most musically honored general" in the North. (From: Music of the Civil War Era by Steven H. Cornielius. Greenwood Press, 2004. p. 54.); According to a death notice for Winner printed in the New York Times on Nov. 24, 1902 (the day after Winner's death) the song "created a stir in the army." The Times relates that after an initial release of 50,000 copies, singing of the song after McClellan's removal was so widespread that the War Department "issued an order suppressing its sale and prohibiting the singing of it." Singer Julia Mortimer was told to stop performing the song at Ford's Theatre or face imprisonment. Winner was notified by the government that he would be imprisoned in Fort Lafayette if he did not stop publication of the song. Distribution of the song ceased. (From: The New York Times, Nov. 24, 1902, "Death of Septimus Winner".)
IllustrationThree colors; Depicts Union troops on the march behind their officers
TypeStill Image
Formatjpeg
RightsFor digital rights and permissions, see http://www.siue.edu/lovejoylibrary/about/digital_rights_and_permission.shtml
CollectionAmerican Civil War Collection (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
Languageeng
Date Digitized2008
ProvenanceOwned by Richard L. Millett.
Image IDACWC0012
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