[1864-1865]. Original thin boards. Approximately 5" x 6.5". 32 leaves. Bound in original thin paper-covered boards with minor edge wear. String-tied binding still holding well.
Intriguing book of Civil War music in manuscript. Ownership inscription of one F. E. Brigham of the 3rd Brigade Band, Third Division, 24th Corps of the Union Army, penned inside front cover. Song titles and musical notes are handwritten on pre-printed bars. Brigham seems to have played the Eb cornet, as some of the songs indicate music for that instrument. Over 30 pages of music written and transcribed by hand, including such titles as "Departed Days," "Off to Charleston Quadrille,"Pickerel Reel,"To One I Love," "Mother I Die Happy," "Bath Day Polka," and even "Hail to the Chief."
Civil War military bands were shifted from the regimental to the brigade level in 1862 by General Order No. 91, and were comprised of sixteen musicians. Brigham's brigade was part of the 24th Corps, formed in April of 1864, under the command of General Benjamin Butler, for the purpose of taking Richmond and Petersburg.