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Campfire songs booklet

 Collection — Folder: S1866
Identifier: S1866

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of Camp-Fire Songs, a booklet owned by a John W. Hartman containing 27 songs arranged by Lot Abraham of Mount Pleasant, Iowa and published by John B. Alden as part of the Elzevir Library (VII, No. 328) in 1888. The front cover of the booklet notes that the songs were sung by Abraham, [William H.H.] Willeford and a man named Williams, all of Mount Pleasant.


  • 1888

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Lot Abraham was born April 18, 1838 in Butler County, Ohio to John and Sarah (McCue) Abraham. The family moved to Center Township, Henry County, Iowa in 1841. During the U.S. Civil War, he served with Company D, 4th Iowa Cavalry and earned the rank of captain before mustering out on August 8, 1865. He returned to Henry County and married Sarah C. Alden on September 13, 1865 and they became the parents of four children. Following Sarah's death in 1888, Abraham married Mary E. Blacker in October 1891 and they had one son.

Abraham was a prominent farmer and Republican leader who served in the state senate from 1882 to 1884. In 1911, he was elected commander of the Iowa Department of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). He was also a well-known singer who sang army songs at G.A.R. campfires and reunions, often with W.H.H. Willeford. Abraham passed away at his home in Mount Pleasant, Iowa on July 23, 1920.


"Abraham Unanimous Choice for Presidency of Department G.A.R." Muscatine Journal (Iowa), June 16, 1911.

"Curtis' Soldier Died Last Night: Capt. Lot Abraham of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Passed Away at His Home." The Daily Gate City and Constitution-Democrat (Keokuk, Iowa), July 24, 1920. "Lot Abraham." Find a Grave Memorial no. 50792368. Accessed May 10, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one booklet.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Jennifer Born. EAD finding aid created 2021/05/10 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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