Richmond on the James

DESCRIPTION: The women mourn the fine men slain "On a blood-red field near Richmond, Richmond on the James." A soldier lies dying as his life-long comrade sadly watches. The dying man sends tokens to his family and sweetheart
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1923 (Peters)
KEYWORDS: battle Civilwar death farewell
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1862 - Peninsula Campaign. The Union army approaches Richmond for the first time, only to be repelled by Robert E. Lee in the Seven Days' Battles
1864-1865 - Grant's campaign against Petersburg and Richmond, eventually leading to the fall of the city
FOUND IN: US(MW,NE)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Peters, pp. 229-230, "Richmond on the James" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner 64, "Richmond on the James" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, RICHJAME*

Roud #4811
NOTES: The notes in Warner speculate that this is an offshoot of "The Dying Ranger" [Laws A14]. This is possible, but no more than that; songs like this are a dime a dozen. - RBW
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File: Wa064

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