Marshall S. Pike

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Marshall Pike.
Marshall S. Pike in the 1880s.

Marshall S. Pike (May 20, 1818 – February 13, 1901) was a notable songwriter and poet. He was well known for his song "Home Again".[1] He wrote lyrics in collaboration with James Pierpont for the song "The Little White Cottage" or "Gentle Nettie Moore" published by Oliver Ditson and Company, and copyrighted on September 16, 1857. The songwriting credit appeared as: "Poetry by Marshall S. Pike, Esq."

Life and career[edit]

Marshall Spring Pike was born on May 20, 1818 in Westborough, Massachusetts. He began to write music and verses at 14 years old. In 1843 he formed a quartet with John Powers, James Powers, and L.V.H Crosby called the "Albino Family".

Mr. Pike served in the American Civil War as Drum Major of the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry for three years and was discharged in 1862.[2] He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Gaines' Mill and sent to Libby Prison, where he formed a Glee Club to entertain fellow prisoners.

After the war he toured New England as a member of the Pike and Glunn Combination.

Marshall Pike.
Marshall S. Pike as Drum Major.


  1. ^ "FAMOUS SONG WRITER DEAD.; Marshall S. Pike Was the...". New York Times. February 15, 1901. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  2. ^ The history of Westborough, Massachusetts: Part I. The early history. Westborough, Massachusetts. Retrieved 2010-06-11.