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

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

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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
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
associated date
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white with black type (overall color)
overall: 14 1/8 in x 10 3/4 in; 35.8775 cm x 27.305 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
King S. Levin
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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