John Philip Sousa
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1854
Date of Death: 1932
Cause of Death: Heart Failure
Occupation: Armed service personnel, Musician
Spouse: Jan van Middlesworth Bellis
Children: Three
Military Branch: United States Marine Corps (1868–1875, 1880–1892)
United States Navy (1917–1918)
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front;
Blood and Iron
Type of Appearance: Direct
John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known particularly for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition and resultant prominence, he is known as "The March King". In public he was typically referenced by his full name.

John Philip Sousa in Southern VictoryEdit

John Philip Sousa patriotic marches were very popular during the USA's Remembrance period, particularly during the Great War. In 1915, he conducted a band playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during a Remembrance Day parade in New York City.[1] In 1918, after the war was over, Sousa personally led a brass band to welcome triumphant U.S. General George Armstrong Custer to Philadelphia.[2]


  1. American Front, pg. 331 PB, pg. 296 HC.
  2. Blood and Iron, pg. 65, PB.