Hark! hark! down the century's long reaching slope
To those transports of triumph - those raptures of hope
The voices of Main and of Mountain combined
In glad resonance borne on the wings of the wind
The bass of the drum, and the trumpet that thrills
Thro' the multiplied echoes of jubilant hills
And mark! how the years, melting upwards like mist
With the breath of some splendid enchantment has kissed
Reveal on the ocean, reveal on the shore
The proud pageant of conquest that graced them of yore
--"Centennial Ode" by Paul Hayne & J. Mosenthal
On October 19, 1781, the British surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. So far as I know, none of my ancestors were present there that day.
One hundred years later, however, my 3rd-great-grandfather, Charles L. Siegel, was one of those involved in planning the centennial celebration of the battle in 1881. In July of 1881, Charles Siegel was appointed the musical director of the festivities.
By September, choir rehearsals were well underway.
The full order of events is available online at the Internet Archive.
Today, copies of the choir's sheet music can been found in the collections of the Virginia Historical Society.