There are many pictorial representations of the activities of volunteer militia units because their formation coincided with an increase in the production of sheet music with illustrated covers. Military exercises were often accompanied by music, and many quick steps, or marches, were composed for these occasions and dedicated to officers and members of the regiments. A confluence of circumstances: the proliferation of lithographic printing shops; the growth of domestic piano manufacture; the cultivation of parlor culture that encouraged music in the home; and the social prominence of militia units within the community, all contributed to the popularity of military sheet music. 

Winchester’s Quick Step, published in 1843, represents the irresistible elegance and authority of the man in uniform. Colonel William P. Winchester, commander of the Independent Company of Cadets, is shown standing on the balcony of the Massachusetts State House, with Boston Common and the spire of the Park Street Church behind him.

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