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Title He Died at His Post
Catalog Number 95.16.001
Object Name Broadside
Donor West, Naomi
Scope & Content Leaf of sheet music for the song, "He Died at His Post." Shape notes. Six stanzas. English. Ornamental page border. Printed by Mountain Valley Print (Mountain Valley, Rockingham County, Va.) circa 1854.

Song about a selfless and devout man who dies while away from home on a Christian mission. The verses are here attributed on the broadside to Church of the Brethren Elder Joseph Miller who is said to have copied them (from an unknown source?). According to a caption above the stanzas, Miller died while on a circuit riding trip.

The song has since come to reflect the death of popular Church of the Brethren Elder John Kline who was killed by Confederate irregulars near his Broadway, Virginia, farm in 1864 while returning from moderating the Brethren Annual Conference. Kline's biographer, Benjamin Funk claimed that John Kline wrote this song about Joseph Miller. (Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary: Collated from his Diary by Benjamin Funk, 1900).
Collection Alexander Mack Memorial Library Special Collections
People Miller, Joseph
Subjects Miller, Joseph