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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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Stephen stayed on his job at the Irwin & Foster office and carried Dunning's work also.8 His one patriotic contribution was a composition of military music. To meet the demand incident to parades and marching of soldiers a flood of special numbers came from the publishers' presses.9 For the Cincinnati public there were concerts at the Melodeon Hall by the Military Band of the U.S. Bar­racks at Newport, Kentucky, just across the river.10 Following the mode of the moment Stephen wrote a "quick step as performed by the military bands." The title was "Santa Anna's Retreat from Buena Vista." The im­mediate suggestion for it doubtless came from a dispatch in the New Orleans Picayune of March 23, 1847, copied in the Cincinnati papers of a week later. The headlines an­nounced "GLORIOUS NEWS FROM THE ARMY" and "The Mexican Army led by Santa Anna Defeated at Buena Vista with Great Slaughter."11
After the Cincinnati volunteers had been welcomed home with the ringing of bells, a parade and a banquet in July 184s,12 the city settled back into relative calm. That this was only relative is indicated by an item in the Atlas of July 21, 18483 reporting that "the Hotels appear to be unusually crov/ded for the hot weather months. Many are here from the South to take a week or two's comfort before proceeding further on."

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