Description: We offer an original manuscript of a rather dark Civil War song written in 1864 by Emma Pollock called “Just Before the Battle”.
Full transcription of lyrics:
“Just before the battle Mother
I am thinking most of you
While uppon [sic] the field we’re watching
With the evening in view
Comrade [sic] here are round me lying
Filled with thoughts of home & God
For well they know that on the morrow
Some will sleep beneath the sod Chorus
Farewell Mother you may never
Press me to your heart again
But O you’ll not forget me mother
If I’m number’d with the slain.
[unclear due to fold line and ink loss]
And the loving [sic] ones at home
But I’ll never leave our banner
Till in Honor I can come
Tell the traitors all around you
That their evviel [sic] words we know
To kill our boys in every battle
By the help they give the foe. Chorus
Hark! I hear the Bugal [sic] sounding
Tis the signal for the fight
Now may God protect you Mother
As he ever does the right.
Hear the battle cry of Freedom
How it swells uppon [sic] the air
Yes we’ll rally round the standard
Or we’ll Perish Nobly there” Chorus
The 11 7/8” x 7 ¾” sheet of lined paper is peppered with Emma Pollock’s doodles and is dated Thursday [May] 12th, 1864 in Odessa, though no state is listed. Item #AM00217.
Condition: Fold lines, some ink rubbed away at main fold line, scattered soil, overall in good condition.