Lot 440: Union Band Leader

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:43:22

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Lot 440: ALS by a Union band leader, one page, 5 x 7, 1892. Letter describing playing for President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. In part: "I am the only one in the band living now. Whally died last fall. Still play the cornet, I was out Memorial Day & I had the honor to blow the taps…Major Frickey…said I must play Dixie as I played it for President Lincoln at Grants Head Quarters at City Point in 1865 where Lincoln called for Dixies Land, he put hand on my shoulder and said Mr. Leader will you please play Dixies Land I said Mr. President that's a Confederate tune, he smiled and said it was but we've captured it, it was the Pert. [sic] favorite tune & he called for it every time we serenaded him." In fine condition, with light creases and a couple small edge tears. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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