The song “We Are Coming Father Abraham” is published for the first time July 16th 1862 in the New York Evening Post.
Written by James Sloan Gibbons, the marching tune “We are coming, Father Abraham, Three Hundred Thousand More”, was meant to be used to recruit troops. The words to the song were published on July 16th 1862 in the New York Evening Post. Gibbons’ was a Quaker and an abolitionist, who was prompted to write the poem by President Abraham Lincoln’s call for an additional 300,000 troops. The poem was set to music by the Hutchinson Family Singers, Stephen Foster and others, and became a favorite among Union supporters.
For a copy of the words of this song
WE ARE COMING, FATHER ABRAHAM