Our Laddie's Dead, Jem

Title

Our Laddie's Dead, Jem

Subject

Ellsworth, E. E. (Elmer Ephraim), 1837-1861
Jacobsen, Otto, F.
Henriksen, L. Both
Sheet music
American Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 11th (1861-1862)

Description

Song dedicated to "To Mrs. May Weaver." The cover describes the words, "Our Laddie's Dead, Jem" as "uttered by one of Colonel Ellsworth's Zouaves."

The first Union martyr of the Civil War, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth accompanied Lincoln on his inaugural train trip to Washington, D.C.. After the war began, he organized the 11th New York Infantry, a regiment which Ellsworth outfitted in the distinctive outfit of the French North African Zouaves.

Ellsworth was killed on May 24, 1861, during the Union's occupation of Alexandria, Virginia, where James W. Jackson, a diehard secessionist, shot Ellsworth as the later had just removed a Confederate from the top of Jackson's inn.

President and Mrs. Lincoln grieved over Ellsworth, whose body lay in state at the White House. Ellsworth's death became a rallying symbol for the Union.  Several songs and poems were written in his memory.

Creator

Jacobse, Otto F. and Hendriksen, L. Both, Miss

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861

Contributor

Wlm. Hall & Son

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

301107
57672669

Coverage

New York

Transcription

TO MRS. MAY WEAVER "Our Laddie's dead Jem"

Uttered by one of Colonel Ellsworth's Zouaves Ballad written by Miss L. Both Hendriksen. Music by Otto F. Jacobsen, Professor of Music at the Rockland Female Institute, Nyack, N.Y. Published by Wm. Hall & Son, 543 Broadway, N.Y.


"OUR LADDIE'S DEAD, JEM."

Uttered by one of Col. Ellsworth's Zouaves. Written by L. Both Hendriksen.

Dolente. Andante

I. Sae braw we marched along, By our laddie Captain led; Sae

V. And there's anither ane, Oh the young, young bride afar; Lang,

Entered according to Act of Congress AD. 1861 by Wm. Hall & Son, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for South'n Dis't of New York.


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drear we sit and mourn, For, aweel, our laddie's dead. For, aweel, our laddie's dead.

lang she'll wait to hail Her lover frae the war. Her lover frae the war.


II. We VI. We


lo'ed his winsome face, And his bonnie hair o'brown; We

willna only dool For our laddie wha has died; We


needna blush for shame, That our tears are rinning down. That our

maun ha'bluid for bluid, E'er we cast our swords aside. E'er we


tears are rinnin down. III. Sic

east our swords aside. VII. The


pride we felt to say That he battled at our

truest o' the true, Ye ha' slaughtered on this


head; For bravest among a' Was our laddie wha is

day; We follow on your track As the bandogs after


dead. Was our laddie wha is dead.

Prey. As the bandogs after prey.


IV. O Jem, his faither'll VIII. And by the God


groan, And his mither, sair will greet; When

aboon, When to battle we are led, Revenge


at the auld door stane, Their murder'd bairn they'll

we ilk shall seek, For our laddie wha is


meet. Their murder'd bairn they'll meet.

dead. For our laddie wha is dead.

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

5
33 cm

Citation

Jacobse, Otto F. and Hendriksen, L. Both, Miss, “Our Laddie's Dead, Jem,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed September 21, 2020, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/20062.