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“Texian Grand March”—Santa-Anna Surrenders to General Houston

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420.     MEYRICK, Edwin (composer). The Texian Grand March for the Piano Forte Respectfully dedicated to Genl. Houston and his brave Companions in Arms, by Edwin Meyrick New-York Published by Firth & Hall, 1 Franklin Square Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1836, by Firth & Hall in the Clerk’s Office of the district court for the Sn. Dt. of N. York [above title] Swett. New York, 1836. Lithograph sheet music: [1-2] 3-7 [1, blank] pp., folio (33.5 x 24.6 cm), first page with illustraton of Santa-Anna surrending to General Samuel Houston (image area: 14 x 20 cm). Small saw holes at blank left margin where removed from a bound volume, moderately foxed, overall good.

     Eberstadt, Texas 162:542. LC, Texas Centennial Exhibition 96. Streeter 1171B (identifies three different issues with no priority; the present imprint identifies the lithographer as “Swett” above title and monogram AF not present). Streeter Sale 349. This lithograph will be included in Dr. Ron Tyler’s survey of nineteenth-century Texas lithographs. Dr. Tyler indicates three different versions, with the present being the third. Dr. Tyler states the present example was made from a different stone. Peters (America on Stone, pp. 378-379) notes that Swett was associated with George Endicott, and possibly N. Currier, and comments: “His work is good and quite prolific, but mostly in various associations. He seems to have been one of the ones who wandered and realigned himself with great frequency, so it is hard to follow him. He is entitled to a place of importance.”

     This idealized image, based on the earliest news reports of the Battle of San Jacinto, shows Santa-Anna tipping his cocked hat and wearing cut-away coat with epaulettes, and black boots with spurs, surrendering his sword to a wounded Sam Houston, who is wearing a coat with epaulettes and reclining on a cot with a bandaged right leg. Three soldiers stand behind, and in the background is a military tent. The uniforms as depicted are totally erroneous. It is not difficult to imagine that this sheet music with its dramatic image was an item with strong popular appeal at the time of the Texan Revolution. John Hoyt Williams in his biography (Sam Houston, Simon & Schuster, 1993, p. 393) suggests that the popularity of this sheet music improved Houston’s political fortunes: “While not written as a campaign ditty, Merick’s little hymn to Houston did serve as one.”


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