Death of Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth

Philadelphia: 1861[?].

Softcover. Very good. Bifolium (4 pp) song sheet, 9.75 x 7.75 in., printed on first page only in red and blue ink, illustrated with a portrait of Ellsworth. The song (to be sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne) is printed in two columns, below which is printed "Ellsworth's Last Letter," written from 'Head Quarters, First Zouaves, Camp Lincoln, Washington, May 23 [1861], to his parents. Old folding creases, light handling wear, one small spot at bottom margin, penciled name (Mrs. Caroline Schierbrand) on back. Ellsworth was the first Union officer to be killed in the American Civil War and a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, for whom he had worked as a law clerk in Springfield before following him to Washington. "Remember Ellsworth" quickly became a rallying cry for recruiting Union soldiers, and many songs, stationery, and other items bearing his portrait were printed over the course of the war. James D. Gay was the author of several other Civil War songs, including "Abe Lincoln' Battle Cry," and "Gettysburg," and "Death of President Lincoln!" No physical copies of this item located in OCLC. Wolf (American Song Sheets) #455b.

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Price: $125.00

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