New York: H. de Marsan, 1861. First edition. Broadside song sheet, 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (trimmed to edge of ornamental border), printing five verses and a chorus in two columns separated by a thin rule, and enclosed within a wide ornamental and illustrated border, with pictorial scenes in each corner, one featuring an African American playing a banjo. Abraham Lincoln ("now is in de chair"), General Winfield Scott, and Major Anderson (the defender of Fort Sumter) are featured in the lyrics. "De Union now must be preserved, … And treat Traitors as they deserve, Hang them up, hang them up." What little information we could find about Harry Fox seems to indicate that he was a Caucasian performing in blackface rather than an African American. OCLC locates two copies (Emory, New York Historical Society). Folded (browned, one archival tape repair on verso, some edgewear); still a good copy of an early Civil War song composed by an African American. (8599). (Inventory #: 61668)
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