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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

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.

People: Ellsworth, E. E. (Elmer Ephraim), 1837-1861.

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