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The lone grave
Additional title: A story I'm going to tell of a grave, in the south where a brave soldier fell. [first line]
Additional title: The lone grave is there by the side of teh track, it contains a wanderer who never came back. [first line of chorus]
Dresser, Paul, 1858-1906 (Composer)
Dresser, Paul, 1858-1906 (Lyricist)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1891

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1890
Place: New York
Publisher: Willis Woodward & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Casualites
Content: Note from author on cover: "The lone grave" is situated on the Western and Atlantic R.R. between Chattanooga, Tenn. and Atlanta, Ga. A plain board marked the resting place of a solder. Name "unknown." None could tell whether he had been a Federal or Confederate. The section hands, when laying the track discovered the grave, sodded it over beautifully and placed a head-stone over it bearing the above inscription. The traveler's attention is always called to this spot and the train "slows up" in order to give all an opportunity to see it. Let this be an olive branch to the north and south to be again a united people.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Paul Dresser.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a272a090-c58d-012f-8c35-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1858: Creator Born
  • 1890: Issued
  • 1906: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The lone grave" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1890.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The lone grave" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2024.

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The lone grave