Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Walter Kittredge was bora in the town of Merrimack, Hillsboro Co., New HampĀ­shire, October 8, 1832. His father was a farmer, and Walter was the tenth of eleven children. His education was received at the common school. He showed a strong predilection for music at a very early age, but never had a teacher in that art. He says in one of his letters: " My father bought one of the first seraphines made in Concord, N. H., and well do I remember when the man came to put it up. To hear him play a simple melody was a rich treat, and this event was an important epoch in my child life." Kittredge began giving ballad concerts alone in 1852, and in 1856 in company with Joshua Hutchinson, of the well known Hutchinson family. In the first year of the civil war he published a small, original, Union soug-book. In 1862 he was drafted, and while preparing