Civil War. Union Song. [John Lauffer 1846 – 1921] Cruelty to Our Union Prisoners While in Dixie’s Sunny Land. Philadelphia, Johnson, Song Publisher, 7 North Tenth St., [1865?] The first line of text: “Dear friends and fellow-soldiers brave, come listen to our song, / About the rebel prisons and our sojourn there so long; / Yet our wretched state and hardship great, no one can understand, / But those who have endured this fate in Dixie’s sunny land.” An American song sheet and a political broadside, featuring an aggressive marching elephant wearing boots, while wearing a tunic decorated with the eagle from the Great Seal of America with an olive branch in its right talon and thirteen arrows held in its left talon. The elephant is carrying a raised banner attached to its tail and trunk. An air, to be sung to the tune, “Twenty Years Ago.” 23.4 cm x 14.7 cm. This copy is slightly soiled and has a chip off the lower right-hand corner, without any loss of text. Authorship has been attributed to John Lauffer. One copy of this illustrated version was found at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Edwin Wolf’s American Song Sheets, no. 493.