In the summer of 1862, following a series of Northern military setbacks, Abraham Lincoln issued a call for 300,000 three-year volunteers to fill the depleted ranks of the Union Army. This song, inspired by Lincoln's request, first appeared as a poem in The New York Post. The words, written by a Quaker abolitionist, were set to music by Stephen Foster as well as by the Hutchinson Family Singers and L.O. Emerson.
"We Are Coming, Father Abraham"