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Monday, April 30, 2007

The Civil War Truth . . . The Brave Few April 30 2007





Ever wanted to feel the feelings during the fighting of the American Civil War, through the eyes of the soldier?

Civil War Poetry fills in so many pieces. Pieces that history never thought to be important . . . Things like, what it must have been like. Stories of fear, pain, sorrow the feelings closest to the battle field. In the words of poets like Stephen Crane, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., Herman Melville, Henry Thoreau, Walt Whitman and many others.

Words written when it occurred, at the moment, the brave few picked up a pen and wrote a poem giving us glimpse into what it was like . . . To live, to fight, to die a soldier’s death.

Confederate Poetry:

The Jacket of Gray . . . By Caroline Augusta Ball 

Fold it up carefully, lay it aside;

Tenderly touch it, look on it with pride;

For dear to our hearts must it be evermore,

The jacket of gray our loved soldier-boy wore…



The Little Drummer Boy . . . By Fanny Falks

At the Prison Hospital, St. Louis

“Looking wishfully as if there was something still on his mind he said:

‘My Mother was a good woman, too. She would treat a poor sick

 prisoner

kindly, and if she were with your son she would kiss him.’”…

Confederate Civil War Poetry



Union Poetry:

O Captain! My Captain! . . . Walt Whitman

O Captain! my Captain! out fearful trip is done,

The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,

The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all Exulting,

While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

where on the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead…



Killed At The Ford . . . By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He is dead, the beautiful youth,

The heart of honor, the tongue of truth,

He, the life and light of us all,

Whose voice was blithe as a bugle-call,

Whom all eyes followed with one consent,

The cheer of whose laugh, and whose pleasant word,

Hushed all murmurs of discontent…



Union Civil War Poetry



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