“Honor to Our Soldiers”: Civil War Veteran William Withers, Jr. and the Song that was Never Sung

After you read this wonderful post from the Ford’s Theatre Blog, click here to listen to the “song that was never sung”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMVq2xS-pl0

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Editor’s Note: As we honor our nation’s soldiers in observance of Veterans Day in November, we remember the soldiers who fought to preserve the Union 150 years ago. This month’s Museum Feature highlights a patriotic musical tribute to soldiers from the Ford’s Theatre collection, as well as the Civil War veteran who made this music possible.

On April 14, 1865, the city of Washington was in a particularly patriotic mood as it continued to celebrate the anticipated end of the Civil War. At Ford’s Theatre, the audience cheered on President Lincoln as he arrived for the 1,000th performance of Our American Cousin. When the distinguished guest appeared, the performance stopped and the conductor William Withers, Jr. led the orchestra in a rendition of “Hail to the Chief,” welcoming the president to the theatre.

Matthew Brady’s photograph of the stage after the assassination, with sheet music still on the orchestra’s music stands. National Archives and Records Administration. Matthew Brady’s photograph of the stage after the assassination, with sheet music still on the orchestra’s…

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3 thoughts on ““Honor to Our Soldiers”: Civil War Veteran William Withers, Jr. and the Song that was Never Sung

  1. Richard Sloan

    Hi, Dave. Guess you may have heard that I did a great deal of research on a Withers angle that has only been touched on by others. I always wanted to get it published, and folks like Tom Bogar have urged me to get it done. Unfortunately, I am bogged down in so many things that I haven’t been able to do it. That’s so frustrating, since all of my research has been completed and even typed up –as a ms. for a slide talk I used to give. As Ralph Kramden said to Alice, “One of these days.”

  2. I am directing a revival of the play Our American Cousin. Can you tell me where I might find documentation of the music selections used for the play? Steven Lampredi, New Old Theater

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