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A Rare 1860 Campaign Song Sheet, Lincoln Grand March
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[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. F[rederick] W. Rauch, Song Sheet. Lincoln Grand March. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1860, 5 pp. 10 x 12⅝ in. Printed in tan and black.

Inventory #24348       Price: $1,100

Frederick W. Rauch (1818-1902) was born in Prussia and migrated to America in 1855. In 1860, he had a music store on West Fourth Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. He composed and copyrighted this Lincoln Grand March for the piano in the summer of 1860. He sold single issues for 25¢ or a brass band edition for $1. In 1862, he composed a march for the funeral of General Robert L. McCook. By 1884, he was a professor of music, and apparently changed his name to Francis later in life.

Music played a prominent role in the complicated four-way election of 1860, inspiring the supporters of each candidate. The Evansville [IN] Daily Journal, on July 2, 1860, recommended Lincoln Grand March “to every Republican band … to its inspiring strains we may march on through this campaign to victory. The title page is embellished with a lithograph portrait of the Republican champion, which is a very fair likeness of the gallant old rail splitter.”

A. C. Peters & Brother, with a store on the same street as Rauch’s, copyrighted a different Lincoln Grand March in 1860. In 1862, F. B. Helmsmuller, the leader of a New York regimental band, composed and copyrighted another President Lincoln’s Grand March.

Condition

Very Good, neatly disbound.


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