Ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (1837-1861) Assassination of Ellsworth, at Alexandria, Va., May 24th, 1861
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03617.03
Author/Creator: Ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (1837-1861)
Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type: Sheet music
Date: circa 1861
Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.2 x 13.9 cm.
Summary of Content: Published and printed by A.W. Auner at 110 North 10th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The song was sung to the melody of ”California Brothers.” The song has seven stanzas of verse. Last stanza says: ”Then a curse be on the traitor’s name, and on the bullet, too, / That killed a gallant Colonel who was so brave and true; / For a nobler heart ne’er beat beneath the breast of any man, / Nor a truer soldier never fell in defence of Uncle Sam.” Slight printing mistake in the upper left corner.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Civil War;, Military History;, Union Forces;, Confederate States of America;, Death;, Propaganda;, Art, Music, Theater, and Film;, American Symbols and Seals;
Sub Era: The American Civil War
Background: Colonel Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, was commander of the 11th New York Infantry, a unit of Zouaves from the New York City Fire Department. He was killed on 24 May 1861, attempting to remove a Confederate flag from the Marshall House, a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia.Order Image