CDV OF PATRICK S. GILMORE, WROTE "WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME"

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This image is a seated studio view of Gilmore. Image is clear with very good contrast. The top of the mount has been trimmed. A printed caption is along the bottom edge. No photographer's backmark.

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore (December 25, 1829 – September 24, 1892) was an Irish-born American composer. While serving in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War, Gilmore wrote the lyrics to the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". This was published under the pseudonym Louis Lambert in September 1863.

In 1858, he married Nellie J. O'Neil in Lowell, Massachusetts. Also in 1858 he founded "Gilmore's Band," and at the outset of war the band enlisted with the 24th Massachusetts Volunteers, accompanying General Burnside to North Carolina. Later played under General Benjamin Butler's command for the troops in New Orleans, Louisiana. After the temporary discharge of bands from the field, Governor Andrew of Massachusetts entrusted Gilmore with the task of re-organizing military music-making, and General Nathaniel P. Banks created him Bandmaster-general.

Following the war, Gilmore was asked to organize a celebration, which took place at New Orleans. That success emboldened him to undertake two major music festivals at Boston, the National Peace Jubilee in 1869 and the World's Peace Jubilee and International Musical Festival in 1872. These featured monster orchestras of massed bands with the finest singers and instrumentalists (including the only American appearance by "waltz king" Johann Strauss II) and cemented Gilmore's reputation as the leading musical figure of the age. Coliseums were erected for the occasions, holding 60- and 120,000 persons. Grateful Bostonians presented Gilmore with medals and cash, but in 1873 he moved to New York City, as bandmaster of the 22nd Regiment. Gilmore took this band on acclaimed tours of Europe.

It was back on home soil, preparing an 1892 musical celebration of the quadricentennial anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery, where Gilmore collapsed and died in St. Louis. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York.

This image was from the collection of the late William A. Turner.  [jet] [PH:L]

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