Upon one of the Battle fields near Washington, a dying
patriotic drummer boy pulled off a locket from his neck;
saying to one of his comrades in his last expiring moments:
"Give this to Mother"
The last words of this drummer boy, formed the subject
for this musical composition of Stephen C. Foster, the
celebrated composer of a thousand popular American songs.
Three days after, he handed us this _Sweet composition_,
for which he promised to write a biographical sketch of
the subject of this song, death summoned him to his last
We therefore where [sic] obliged to fill up this space,
with the present sad remarks.