“Richmond on the James”


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


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.

Historical references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


  1. Warner 64, "Richmond on the James" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4811
  4. BI, Wa064


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Warner)
Found in: US(NE)