May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 20

Price Realized: $ 750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
DID NOT HEAR "MARCHING THROUGH GEORGIA" DURING HIS MARCH SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH. Autograph Letter Signed, "W.T. Sherman," to E.S. Marsh, helping a scholar research the origin of the popular war tune, "Marching Through Georgia." 2 pages, 8vo, personal stationery, ruled paper, with integral blank; remnants of mounting to corners of terminal page. (TFC) St. Louis, 7 December, 1883

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"In answer to yours of Dec 5 I have to answer that I did not hear either the Words, or Music of the Song 'Marching Through Georgia' till after the War. Nor do I know who Composed the Words.
"When in Dublin September 1872, I heard a band of Music play the identical tune, and on inquiry of my Landlord was informed that it was an Old Irish Air. So I am not able to solve the riddle you propose.
"The song itself is given at length in the Printed Proceedings of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee but the name of the Author nowhere appears."