Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

“The Girl I Left Behind Me”

“The Girl I Left Behind Me”

Usage conditions apply
Downloads
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
1861
composer
Dressler, William
publisher
S. Brainard and Co.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 in x 10 3/4 in; 35.56 cm x 27.305 cm
ID Number
1983.0227.02
catalog number
1983.0227
accession number
1983.0227
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object