The first Union martyr of the Civil War, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth accompanied Lincoln on his inaugural train trip to Washington, D.C.. After the war began, he organized the 11th New York Infantry, a regiment which Ellsworth outfitted in the distinctive outfit of the French North African Zouaves.
Ellsworth was killed on May 24, 1861, during the Union's occupation of Alexandria, Virginia, where James W. Jackson, a diehard secessionist, shot Ellsworth as the later had just removed a Confederate from the top of Jackson's inn.
President and Mrs. Lincoln grieved over Ellsworth, whose body lay in state at the White House. Ellsworth's death became a rallying symbol for the Union. Several songs and poems were written in his memory.
COL. ELLSWORTH. FUNERAL MARCH.
Philadelphia. LEE & WALKER, 722 Chesnut St.
COL. ELLSWORTH'S FUNERAL MARCH
I am perfectly content to accept whatever my fortune may be, confident that he who noteth even the fall of a sparrow, will have some purpose even in the fate of one like me.
Composed & respectively dedicated to Francis E. Brownell Esq. by Sep. Winner.
Plain title. Colored Lithograph
Philadelphia LEE & WALKER 722 Chesnut St.
COL. ELLSWORTH'S FUNERAL MARCH. COMPOSED AND RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED TO Francis C. Brownell by Sep: Winner.
Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1861 by Lee & Walker at the Clerk's Office of the Dt.Ct. of the En. Dt. of Pa.