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Harp of Old Erin and Banner of Stars, The

Title: Harp of Old Erin and Banner of Stars, The
Additional Title: St. Patrick's Day
First Line: the The war trump has sounded, our rights are in danger
First Line of Chorus:
  • Kean, Thomas
Additional Names:
  • Murphy, Charles J.
Publication Date: 1861
Instrumentation: N/A
Subject: Broadsides and Penny Ballads
Civil War: American
WIMA Collections: Irish Fest Collection
ID: IF PB 00-009
Publisher: H. De Marsen
Publication Place: New York, NY
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Historical Notes

Original Civil War handbill published in approximately 1861, containing a song dedicated to 1st Lieutenant Charles J. Murphy by his friend, Thomas Kean. Murphy was the Regimental Quartermaster of the 38th New York at the Battle of Bull Run. He was awarded Medal of Honor for remaining behind to help the wounded and subsequently escaping Libby Prison. The song consists of four eight-line stanzas celebrating the loyalty and dedication of the Irish immigrants in the Union, in the air of "St. Patrick's Day".

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