“The Girl I Left Behind Me” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “The Girl I Left Behind Me.” This version of the song was composed by William Dressler, and published by S. Brainard & Co. in 1861. The cover describes the song as “a popular Irish melody with variations.” There is an image of a soldier marching off to war waving to his girl who is waving to him. This song was likely published in 1861 as the Civil War was beginning to get underway, and was often used as a marching song during the 19th century, although the Confederacy and Union had different versions.
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Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
Dressler, William
S. Brainard and Co.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 10 3/4 in; 35.56 cm x 27.305 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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