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    Civil War Era Theater. Three Concert Playbills Featuring Patrick S. Gilmore, U.S. Army Band Leader, 1863. 1) 5.5" x 10.5" rare two-sided playbill for a week of concerts (March 31-April 5, 1863) featuring "Gilmore's Patriotic Concerts" at the Tremont Temple in Boston. The playbill notes that P.S. Gilmore's concerts are for "the benefit of the Sanitary Departments of six Boston Regiments, namely: the 17th, 23d, 24th, 43d, 44th and 45th Massachusetts Volunteers." 2) 4.25" x 11" playbill for the September 26, 1863 afternoon and evening performances of "Gilmore's Popular Concerts" at the Tremont Temple in Boston. One of the selections was the "Soldiers' Return March" by Gilmore, "Introducing a popular Army song...entitled 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home.'" 3) 5 3/8" x 11.5" playbill for the October 11, 1863 performance of Gilmore's Grand Sacred Concert at the Tremont Temple in Boston. The three playbills were printed in Boston by J.H. & F.F. Farwell.
    Patrick S. Gilmore (1829-1892), an Irish-born musician who performed in the Boston area before the Civil War. A noted cornet player, he became leader of several brass bands. When the Civil War broke out, Gilmore was the leader of Boston Brigade Band, also known as the Gilmore Band. Gilmore and his 68-member band enlisted in the Union Army and became the band of the 24th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. During the Civil War, Gilmore wrote the lyrics to the popular song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," published under the name of Louis Lambert.

    In 1843, the Free Church Baptists purchase the Tremont Theatre, built in 1827, and renamed it the Tremont Temple and used it primarily for religious services opened to both blacks and white worshipers. In addition to religious functions, the Tremont Temple also hosted concerts and lectures. The Tremont Temple was the site of Charles Dickens' first readings of his 1867-1868 tour of the United States.


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