July 2, 1862: Three hundred thousand more.

We are coming, father Abraham, 300,000 more

The New York Times ran an collection of short items — the lead being that Lincoln had issued a call for 300,000 more volunteers to put down the rebellion. This event inspired a song by A.B. Irving, as well as enlistments.

In other news, with Memphis in federal hands, cotton and sugar were coming up the Mississippi in quantity.

Published: July 2, 1862

The President, at the request of eighteen of the Governors of the loyal States, has decided to call for three hundred thousand additional troops, to insure the speedy and final suppression of the rebellion.

An order has been issued by the War Department, directing that out of the appropriation for collecting, organizing and drilling volunteers, there shall be paid in advance to each three years’ recruit the sum of twenty-five dollars, being one-fourth the amount of the bounty allowed by law. The payment is to be made upon the mustering of regiments into the service.

We are still without any news from before Richmond, later than Saturday evening, regular communication not having yet been reestablished since Gen. MCCLELLAN changed his base of operations from the Pamunkey to the James River. We have, however, further details of the events of last week, from one of our own special correspondents, which will be found of special interest, as unfolding the plans of the rebels in their attack upon our right and rear, while the concentration of our troops between the Chickahominy and the James was being effected. There is no doubt whatever that the movement in the rear was conducted by Stonewall JACKSON, as our correspondent received important information from deserters from his command, who were brought into our lines by Gen. STONEMAN’s videttes. It appears, also, that the rebel programme involved an attack the next day on our left, and on the following day on our centre, in order that our troops might be wearied by continual watchfulness, when a general attack upon our lines would be more likely to be successful. This programme was of course defeated by the strategic movement of our army, and ere this the enemy may have found cause to regret the scattered condition of their forces.

Col. FENTON, of the Eighth Michigan Regiment, who commanded the First Brigade in the battle on James Island, in his report, gives the following as the force comprised in his brigade, which entered into action: Eighth Michigan, 534; Seventh Connecticut, 598: Twenty-eighth Massachusetts, 544. The entire loss in this brigade was 341 in killed, wounded and missing.
The Memphis Avalanche, of June 26, publishes a list of nearly 300 business men who took the oath of allegiance to the United States Government during the week ending July 19. The rule requiring the publication of these names, which was made by Col. SLACK, is to be revoked by Gen. GRANT, it is said. The Avalanche, of the 20th, has this encouraging paragraph: “Cotton and sugar seem to form the bulk of all freights going up the river now. Yesterday the Lady Franklin left for Cincinnati with a fine trip composed largely of these articles. The Sunny South also left for Cincinnati with a fine trip, including 133 bales of cotton, 247 hogsheads and 100 barrels of sugar, and about 500 barrels molasses. It is astonishing to find the amount of cotton coming forward. Notwithstanding all that has gone forward, there is as much on the levee now as there was the first day communication was opened. Sugar, too, which was only permitted to be hoarded in small quantities, has become quite abundant, and though for three weeks every upward bound boat has been loaded with it, the supply continues abundant. Both cotton and sugar, however, rate high — say 21c. to 25c. per pound for the former, and 7c. to 10c. for the latter.

It is stated that a land force is organizing at Memphis, under Gen. GRANT, to cooperate with the fleets of Commodores
FARRAGUT and DAVIS in the reduction of Vicksburgh.

Letters from Gen. CURTIS’ army, dated Batesville, Ark., June 21, represent the force as eagerly awaiting the approach of gunboats up the White River. There were reports that obstructions had been placed in the stream below Jacksonport, and that a large force of Texans were gathering thirty miles from Batesville, but nothing reliable was known.

The lyrics to “We are coming, Father Abraham, 300,000 More”, from the Library of Congress:

Music composed by P.S. Gilmore.

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, three hundred thousand more.

Chorus [Four part harmony]
We are coming, we are coming, our Union to restore;
We are coming Father Abraham, with three hundred thousand more.

If you look across the hilltops that meet the northern sky,
Long moving lines of rising dust your vision may descry;
And now the wind, an instant, tears the cloudy veil aside,
And floats aloft our spangled flag in glory and in pride;
And bayonets in the sunlight gleam, and bands brave music pour,
We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.


If you look all up our valleys, where the growing harvests shine,
You may see our sturdy farmer – boys fast forming into line;
And children from their mothers’ knees are pulling at the weeds,
And learning how to reap and sow, against their country’s needs;
And a farewell group stands weeping at every cottage door,
We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.


You have called us, and we’re coming, by Richmond’s bloody tide,
To lay us down for freedom’s sake, our brother’s bones beside;
Or from foul treason’s savage group to wrench the murderous blade,
And in the face of foreign foes its fragments to parade;
Six hundred thousand loyal men and true have gone before,
We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.


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