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1863 Civil War Draft Poster

List Price: $52.00
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THIS CIVIL WAR RECRUITING POSTER REFLECTS A CALL FOR THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND VOLUNTEERS ISSUED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN 1862. THE CALL INSPIRED JAMES SLOAN GIBBONS TO WRITE A POEM WHICH WAS SET TO A STEPHEN FOSTER TUNE. BY THE TIME THIS POSTER APPEARED, MAINERS WERE ALREADY SINGING:

We are coming, Father Abraham,
three hundred thousand more,
From Mississippi's winding stream
and from New England's shore;
We leave our plows and workshops,
our wives and children dear.
With hearts too full for utterance,
with but a silent tear;
We dare not look behind us,
but steadfastly before,
We are coming, Father Abraham,
with three hundred thousand more.
Chorus: We are coming,
coming our union to restore,
We are coming, Father Abraham,
with three hundred thousand more.
Image size: 20"x12"

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