General Warren's March

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GENERAL WARREN'S MARCH. American, March (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the music manuscript copybook of Henry Livingston, Jr. Livingston purchased the estate of Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1771 at the age of 23. In 1775 he was a Major in the 3rd New York Regiment, which participated in Montgomery's invasion of Canada in a failed attempt to wrest Montreal from British control. An important land-owner in the Hudson Valley, and a member of the powerful Livingston family, Henry was also a surveyor and real estate speculator, an illustrator and map-maker, and a Justice of the Peace for Dutchess County. He was also a poet and musician, and presumably a dancer, as he was elected a Manager for the New York Assembly's dancing season of 1774-1775, along with his 3rd cousin, John Jay, later U.S. Chief Justice of Governor of New York. A tune by this title also appears in Joseph Herrick's The Instrumental Preceptor, published in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1807, and Daniel Henry Huntington's copybook entitled Preceptor for the Flute (Onondoga, New York, 1817). The title of the march refers perhaps to General Joseph Warren, a resident of Roxbury, Boston, who was "a fiery, vehement, daring spirit," and who was "a doctor for thirteen years, a major-general for three days, and a soldier for three hours." He was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.

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