Governor Sprague's Grand March - Sheet Music. E. Mack.

Governor Sprague's Grand March - Sheet Music

Philadelphia: Lee & Walker, 1862. First Edition. Sheet Music. 6 pages including the cover. Portrait illustration of Sprague on the front cover. Once bound so slightly trimmed with a rough left edge. Light wear and soiling. Small owner's stamp in upper right corner of the cover. Very Good. Item #008045

William Sprague was the Governor of Rhode Island when the Civil War began, and although not a Republican, he pledged President Lincoln military support from his state. Following the shelling of Ft. Sumter, Rhode Island raised two regiments of infantry under the command of Colonel Ambrose Burnside.

Sprague firmly believed that the war would be over in a matter of days once combat began, so he accompanied the state's regiments to the Battle of Bull Run where he served as an aide to Burnside and had his horse shot out from under himself while doing so. After the union defeat, Sprague realized that the war would continue for some time, so he returned to Governor's Office.

Sprague remained loyal to Lincoln and attended the Loyal War Governor's Conference at Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1862 which, despite some contentious issues, reaffirmed support for Lincoln's management of the war and provided support for Lincoln to issue a preliminary emancipation proclamation decreeing that he would order the emancipation of all slaves in any state that did not cease its rebellion against the United States before 1 January 1863. Shortly after the conference, Sprague resigned his position to run for the Senate in which he would serve for the next twelve years.

As of 2018, this version of the music is not listed in OCLC.

Price: $150.00

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