Major in Chicago - 1870

from My Life and Sacred Songs, page 106:

This historical incident was related by Major Whittle at a Sunday-school meeting in Rockford, Illinois, in May 1870. Mr. Bliss was present, and the song, " Hold the Fort " was at once born in his mind. The next day Whittle and Bliss held a meeting in the Young Glen's Christian Association rooms in Chicago. Bliss went on the platform and wrote the chorus of this hymn on the blackboard. He there sang the verses for the first time in public, and the audience joined in the chorus. Soon after he had it published in sheet form.
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Ira David Sankey, My Life and Sacred Songs (1906), p. 106. accessed: 22 July, 2024

location of experience: Chicago


Army Major

Listening to

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Hold the Fort, for I am coming
written by P.P. Bliss
performed by P.P. Bliss

Experience Information

Date/Time 1870
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Tue, 19 May 2015 12:19:01 +0100
Approved on Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:26:05 +0100