1. JPK Huson 1863

    " I Think Of Thee, I Think Of Thee ", A Prisoner's Ode To His Love, His Wife

    Unidentified couple from the amazing gift the Liljenquist family made to all of through LoC. It's the photo Captain Beaudry's poem written while prisoner in Libby's tobacco warehouse Richmond made me think of, no idea why. Both are evocative of the war, maybe, and the couples whose thoughts of...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    A Magical Irish Faerie's Tale, By Magical Irish Poet William Allingham

    We lovedddd our faeries. It may be why when Irish poet William Allingham penned these words, they carried themselves on Irish wings all the way across the Pond, finding such a receptive audience you couldn't find a child or its mother who couldn't recite the poem. Irish Poet William Allingham...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    A Valentine's Day Twofer, Confederate Soldier's Love Poem And The Act Of Kindness Delivering It

    A Union camp may be depicted in this snip from a Harper's Weekly spread for Valentine's Day but it doesn't matter. A Confederate soldier wrestled with epistolary composition somewhere in another camp, hoping to convey the right sentiments to his sweetheart. He did an awesome job. The Union...
  4. wbull1

    Christmas Bells

    Christmas Bells Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem on Christmas day 1863. In November of that year Longfellow’s oldest son, who had volunteered for the Union Army without his father’s knowledge or permission, was severely wounded in battle. References to the Civil War are rarely included...
  5. SWMODave

    O'er the green fields of Eden forever and aye

    My Old Army Horse By [Lt] Edward P Tobie [First Maine Cavalry] US Medal of Honor bearer He did his full duty through four years of war; What horse could do better, what man say more? He was true to our colors in camp and in field; And he gave up his life for the land we adore. Untrained were...
  6. Taylin

    A Soldier's Letter Poem - 24th Indiana

    La Porte Weekly Union - August 31, 1864 - page 3 Soldiers Letter. Baton Rouge, LA., August 6th, 1864. Dear Brother Dan, and Emma, too- I'm feeling phine now how are you? Perhaps I should have written before ; But the weather was hot, and my hands were sore In the absence...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    The Soldier's Daughter

    The Soldier's Daughter by Sarah E. Howard. A littler girl her mother sought, A troubled look upon her face,-- "At school they tease me; had they ought To tell me that my father fought For nothing, or for less than naught? To be a soldier brave, I thought Was honor, not disgrace. "Because he...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    " Frozen Charlotte ", Or, We Played With Weird Stuff

    Headlines read " A Corpse Went To A Ball ", storyline being a gentleman conveying his love ( Charlotte) to a ball in winter chill. And his surprise arriving there, not being able to hand her from the sleigh because she was dead. Charlotte re-died for decades in quite a few formats. It was a...
  9. John Hartwell

    "After the Battle," a poem, by Victoria Stuart Mosby

    Victoria Stuart Mosby Coleman (1866-1946) was the daughter of Col. John S. Mosby. Before her marriage, she preferred to be known as simply "Stuart Mosby." During the 1880s and '90s she was considered one of the great beauties of Virginia. The Macon Telegraph of April 26, 1888, printed the above...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    " Oh Give Me Back The Angelic Face Again ", The Age-Old Lament

    This illustration from one of the ' Lady's Companion ' books prevalent at the time ( and for decades before the war ) really rubs it in to we girls. Fleeting time, fleeting youth! Thread title is from Longworth, please excuse puns. He'd given this whole age thing some thought and seems so...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Kintra is Fu' O' Widows And Wearns ", Janet Hamilton's Shot Across The Pond

    Scotland's Kildalton Cross, like Conbelim's Great Wheel Cross ( here ) and a dozen others stand testimony to Janet Hamilton's deepest Gaelic roots. To our benefit then and now. Janet Hamilton's husband transcribed her poems until she was 50. Why? She could not write but learned to, half way...
  12. lelliott19

    "The Empty Sleeve"

    THE EMPTY SLEEVE You may talk about the pathos In the hardships of the war, You may talk about the glory Of the cause that you fought for; But there's nothing so pathetic As the lesson we receive From the quiet, idle flapping Of the useless empty sleeve. You may talk about the marches, The...

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