A copy of “General Grant’s Grand March” held by the Library of Congress ( Library of Congress)

During the Civil War, many marches were written for generals and colonels as a way to encourage popular support for the war and bring favorable attention to individual military heroes on each side.

Today and Saturday, a conference on Civil War sheet music is scheduled at the Irish Fest Center in Wauwatosa, Wis., according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As many as 50 sheet music collectors are expected to attend the American Sheet Music Conference, which will highlight Civil War music because of the war’s sesquicentennial.

The conference, which is open to the public for a $5 per-day fee, will feature period music played by musicians and lectures on the importance of sheet music to the war cause. In the North, such sheet music was plentiful, but in the South, where paper and ink could be hard to find, there were fewer publications, and they often appeared on flimsy paper using poor-quality ink.