On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the South End Historical Society is featuring people and information from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Trivia and South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read: “Patrick Gilmore, author of popular Civil War song ʺJohnny Comes Marching Home,” lived at 2 Sharon Street.”
Here is a selection from Patrick Gilmore’s profile in the book: “An experienced bandleader, Gilmore organized the 1869 and 1872 Peace Jubilees. At the time of both jubilees, Gilmore lived at 2 Sharon Street. He is credited with penning the lyrics to the Civil War song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Check out this video of the United States Military Academy Band playing the song.
To learn more about Patrick Gilmore, check out his profile on page 75 of the book (it comes out on May 5th). Pre-order your copy here.