The last entrant in Philadelphias Polka Wars was an exiled Hungarian army officer dashingly named Gabriel de Korponay, left, who arrived in December at middle of the season. A dancer and teacher, he conducted classes here in English, German and French and claimed to have introduced the Polka to America.His wife played piano, composed and gave music lessons. Korponay would settle in Philadelphia and later served as a captain in the Mexican War and as a colonel in the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. During the Mexican War he routed a detachment of Commanches on the Sante Fe Trail on July 5th 1848 noted as "Gabriel's Barbecue"! The item "Civil War CDV Union Lt Colonel Gabriel De Korponay Hungarian Exile" is in sale since Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs".
The seller is "civil_war_photos" and is located in Midland, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.