Sheet Music, "We Are Coming Father Abraam," 1862


Never before had such massive armies confronted each other with such deadly force. Mobilizing and maintaining these large armies became a central focus for both sides.

In 1862, Lincoln called for an additional 300,000 volunteers prompting James Sloane Gibbons to write a poem, “We are coming, Father Abraam, three hundred thousand more.” It was first published anonymously in the New York Evening Post and was set to music by a number of composers including P.S. Gilmore.

Gift of King S. Levin, 1980

Date Made: 1862Associated Date: 1862

Referenced: Lincoln, Abraham

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Music


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Related Publication: Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Credit Line: King S. Levin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0066.01Accession Number: 1980.0066Catalog Number: 1980.0066.01

Object Name: sheet musicObject Type: Sheet Musicsheet music

Physical Description: paper (overall material)white with black type (overall color)Measurements: overall: 14 1/8 in x 10 3/4 in; 35.8775 cm x 27.305 cm


Record Id: nmah_495427

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