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"'THE BRIGADE MUST NOT KNOW, SIR!' [MAY 2, 1863]", by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Who've ye got there? Only a dying brother'
Last Line: "living, he laid the first stones of a nation; / and dead, he builds it yet"
Subject(s): "american Civil War;chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863);jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863);u.s. - History;


"BLACK SPIRITUAL: SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT (1)", by ANONYMOUS - AFRICAN AMERICAN    Poem Text                
First Line: "swing low, sweet chariot"
Last Line: Coming for to carry me home
Variant Title(s): "swing Low, Sweet Chariot;
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music;american Civil War;black Songs;homecoming;u.s. - History; Negro Spirituals


"BOB ANDERSON, MY BEAU", by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "bob anderson, my beau, bob, when we were first aquent"
Last Line: "but I love a man that dares to act, bob anderson"
Subject(s): "american Civil War;anderson, Robert (1805-1871);fort Sumter, South Carolina;soldiers;u.s. - History;


"CAST DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED", by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "oh, northern men - true hearts and bold"
Last Line: "unflinching to the conflict press, / and, fearless, trust our cause to god!"
Subject(s): "american Civil War;bull Run, Battles Of;troy;u.s. - History;" "manassas, Batlle Of;


A BATTLE BALLAD TO GENERAL J.E. JOHNSTON, by FRANCIS ORRERY TICKNOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A summer sunday morning
Last Line: The life-blood of the brave.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; Johnston, Joseph E. (1807-1891); United States - History; Manassas, Batlle Of


A CANTICLE: SIGNIFICANT OF NATIONAL EXALTATION CLOSE OF WAR, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O the precipice titanic
Last Line: The hosts of human kind.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


A CHRISTOPHER OF THE SHENANDOAH, by EDITH MATILDA THOMAS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mute he sat in the saddle
Last Line: Come life or come death I could n't do less than follow his guide.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Snicker's Ferry, Battle Of (1864); U.s. - History


A CRY TO ARMS, by HENRY TIMROD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ho! Woodsmen of the mountain side!
Last Line: And for the lily's sake!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Patriotism; United States - History; Confederacy


A DIRGE FOR MCPHERSON; KILLED IN FRONT OF ATLANTA, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Arms reversed and banners craped
Last Line: Sarpedon of the mighty war.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Atlanta Campaign (1864); Funerals; Mcpherson, James Birdseye (1828-1864); United States - History; Burials


A GEORGIA VOLUNTEER, by MARY ASHLEY TOWNSEND    Poem Text                
First Line: Far up the lonely mountain-side
Last Line: A georgia volunteer.
Alternate Author Name(s): Xariffa
Subject(s): American Civil War; Georgia (state); Holidays; Memorial Day; U.s. - History; Declaration Day


A GRAVE NEAR PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Head-board and foot-board duly placed
Last Line: The -- buried gun.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Graves; Guns; U.s. - History; Tombs; Tombstones


A MEDITATION, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How often in the years that close
Last Line: Silent the victors stood, scorning to raise a shout.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Funerals; U.s. - History; Burials


A NAMELESS GRAVE; SONNET, by HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A soldier of the union mustered out'
Last Line: And I can give thee nothing in return.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


A NEW SONG TO AN OLD TUNE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "john bull, esquire, my jo john"
Last Line: "shots in my locker yet remain, / john bull, esquire, my jo!"
Subject(s): American Civil War;great Britain - Foreign Relations;u.s. - History


A REQUIEM FOR SOLDIERS LOST IN OCEAN TRANSPORTS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When, after storms that woodlands rue
Last Line: Round the lone spar where mid-sea surges pour.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Disasters; Shipwrecks; Soldiers; United States - History


A SECOND REVIEW OF THE GRAND ARMY [MAY 24, 1865], by FRANCIS BRET HARTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I read last night of the grand review
Last Line: Awakened me from my slumber.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harte, Bret
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; Peace; Soldiers; United States - History; Declaration Day


A TENT SCENE, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Our generals sat in their tent one night
Last Line: "will be dislodged at morn!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History


A UTILITARIAN VIEW OF THE MONITOR'S FIGHT, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Plain be the phrase, yet apt the verse
Last Line: And a singe runs through lace and feather.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Monitor (ship); Sea Battles; United States - History; Naval Warfare


A VISIT TO GETTYSBURG, by LUCILLE CLIFTON                    Poet's Biography
First Line: I will / touch stone
Subject(s): American Civil War; Blood; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); United States - History; War; Gettysburg, Battle Of


A VOICE OF THE LOYAL NORTH, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We sing 'our country's' song tonight
Last Line: God keep us all! Amen!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Classmates; United States - History; Schoolmates


A VOICE PROPHETIC, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Over the carnage rose prophetic a voice
Last Line: Nay, nor the world, nor any living thing, will so cohere.)
Subject(s): American Civil War; Americans; Patriotism; United States - History


A WELCOME TO LINCOLN'S REMAINS, by MARTHA A. PARKS    Poem Text                
First Line: Illinois' immortal son
Last Line: Resting on her breast.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History


A WORD FOR THE HOUR, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The firmament breaks up. In black eclipse
Last Line: Brighter shall shine the stars which still remain.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ABOVE SHELTON LAUREL, by RON RASH    Poem Source                
First Line: Fog never lifts, though the days
Last Line: Leading back to tennessee
Subject(s): Absence; American Civil War; Grief; Soldiers; U.s. - History; War


ABRAHAM LINCOLN, by JOHN DRINKWATER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mr. Stone
Last Line: The curtain falls
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1), by RICHARD HENRY STODDARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not as when some great captain falls
Last Line: Of that paternal soul.
Variant Title(s): An Horatian Ode;abraham Lincoln: An Horation Ode
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; United States - History


ABRAHAM LINCOLN ON THE FOURTH NIGHT OF INSOMNIA, by RYAN G. VAN CLEAVE    Poem Source                
First Line: The loud voice in the hallway. The skittish pony
Last Line: I am a shipwrecked dog whose eyes reflect nothing
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History


ACCEPTATION, by MARGARET JUNKIN PRESTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We do accept thee, heavenly peace!
Last Line: And leave to god and heaven the rest.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Peace; U.s. - History


ACOUSTIC SHADOWS; LT. MITCHELL, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: We climbed sand mountain and could see the dust
Last Line: I'd been in a shadow and I did not hear it
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


ACROSS THE LONG DARK BORDER, by EDWARD HIRSCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My sister and I learned about our first war
Last Line: War between the states.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Divorce; Novels & Novelists; United States - History


AFTER SPOTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE, by DAVID FERRY                    Poet's Biography
First Line: I read the brown sentences of my great-grandfather
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


AFTER SPOTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE, by DAVID FERRY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I read the brown sentences of my great-grandfather
Last Line: The incense has the odor of old paper
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ALABAMA, by JULIA TUTWILER    Poem Source                
First Line: Alabama, alabama
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON, by FRANCIS ORRERY TICKNOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: His soul to god! On a battle-psalm!
Last Line: To the home of the glorified!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Johnston, Albert Sidney (1803-1862); Shiloh, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON [APRIL 6, 1862], by KATE BROWNLEE SHERWOOD    Poem Text                
First Line: I hear again the tread of war go thundering through the land
Last Line: One heart, one hope, one destiny, one flag from sea to sea.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Johnston, Albert Sidney (1803-1862); Shiloh, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


ALL HOUSES ARE HAUNTED, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Some nights in the palouse the moon-blue sky
Last Line: Though nothing echoed in that open land
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


ALL QUIET ALONG THE POTOMAC TONIGHT (WITH MUSIC), by LAMAR FONTAINE    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; Potomac River; Rivers; U.s. - History


ALLATOONA, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Winds that sweep the southern mountains
Last Line: Of the terror and the glory / of the battle of allatoona pass!
Subject(s): "allatoona Pass, Georgia;american Civil War;atlanta Campaign (1864);u.s. - History;


AN ANTE-BELLUM SERMON, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We is gathered hyeah, my brothahs
Last Line: Huh uh! Chillun, let us pray!
Subject(s): African Americans; American Civil War; Freedom; United States - History; Negroes; American Blacks; Liberty


AN ARMY CORPS ON THE MARCH, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With its cloud of skirmishers in advance
Last Line: As the army corps advances.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


AN EPITAPH, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When sunday tidings from the front
Last Line: And priest and people borrowed of her cheer.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


AN ODE OF BATTLES, by SILAS WEIR MITCHELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Long ages past / the slow ice sledges bore
Last Line: Throbbed with freedom's answered prayer.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Grief; Santiago, Battle Of (1898); Soldiers; Spanish-american War (1898); U.s. - History; Dead, The; Gettysburg, Battle Of; Sorrow; Sadness


AN OLD BATTLE-FIELD, by FRANK LEBBY STANTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The softest whisperings of the scented south
Last Line: Dream of the battle and an unmarked grave!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Peace; United States - History


AN UNINSCRIBED MONUMENT - BATTLE OF THE WILDERNESS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Silence and solitude may hint
Last Line: Silent as I, and lonesome as the land.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History; Wilderness Campaign (1864)


ANNIVERSARY POEM; ALUMNI OF THE FRIENDS' YEARLY MEETING SCH., by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once more, dear friends, you meet beneath a clouded sky
Last Line: The crown for cross!
Subject(s): Alumni; American Civil War; Friends, Religious Society Of; U.s. - History; Quakers


APOCALYPSE, by RICHARD REALF    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Straight to his heart the bullet crushed
Last Line: Raised conquering hands toward heaven and cried, %'all hail the stars and stripes!' and died
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; U.s. - History


APPOMATTOX; ON THE DEATH OF GRANT, by BENJAMIN DAVENPORT HOUSE    Poem Source                
First Line: To peace-white ashes sunk war's lurid flame
Subject(s): American Civil War; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); U.s. - History


ARMY CORRESPONDENT'S LAST RIDE; FIVE FORKS, APRIL 1, 1865, by GEORGE ALFRED TOWNSEND    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ho! Pony. Down the lonely road
Last Line: And took the first despatch!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; War; Declaration Day


ARMY HYMN, by FREDERIC DENISON    Poem Text                
First Line: O thou enthroned above the skies
Last Line: And spread abroad thy grace.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Peace; United States - History


ARMY HYMN; 'OLD HUNDRED', by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O lord of hosts! Almighty king!
Last Line: Join our loud anthem, praise to thee!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Prayer; United States - History


ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, by CINCINNATUS HEINE MILLER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O remnant of that perished host
Alternate Author Name(s): Miller, Joaquin
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ASHBY, by JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To the brave all homage render
Last Line: Keep above his dust.
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, John Randolph
Subject(s): American Civil War; Ashby, Turner (b. 1932); U.s. - History


ASHES OF GLORY, by AUGUSTUS JULIAN REQUIER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fold up the gorgeous silken sun
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ASHES OF SOLDIERS, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ashes of soldiers south or north
Last Line: For the ashes of all dead soldiers south or north.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


AT FREDERICKSBURG [DECEMBER 13, 1862], by JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: God send us peace, and keep red strife away
Last Line: No matter what birth or what race or what creed.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fredericksburg, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


AT GETTYSBURG, by MAUREEN EPPSTEIN    Poem Source                
First Line: The dead are deafening
Last Line: Remembers the smell of gunpowder, %the dying screams
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History


AT LEXINGTON, by BENJAMIN SLEDD    Poem Source                
First Line: All day a pilgrim had I gone
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


AT MAGNOLIA CEMETERY, by HENRY TIMROD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sleep sweetly in your humble graves
Last Line: By mourning beauty crowned!
Variant Title(s): Ode Sung On The Occasion Of Decorating The Graves - Charleston;decoration Day At Charleston;magnolia Cemetery Ode;ode For Decoration Day;hymn For Memorial Day;ode On Decorating The Graves;magnolia Cemetery;lines;ode At Magnolia Cemetery;ode Sung At Magnolia Cemetery
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cemeteries; Charleston, South Carolina; Confederate States Of America; Patriotism; United States - History; Graveyards; Confederacy


AT PORT ROYAL, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The tent-lights glimmer on the land
Last Line: Their broken saxon words.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; Port Royal, Battle Of (1861); United States - History


AT THE CANNON'S MOUTH, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Palely intent, he urged his keel
Last Line: The star ascended in his nativity.
Subject(s): Albemarle (ship); American Civil War; Cushing, William Barker (1842-1874); United States - History


ATLAS, by CLAUDIA EMERSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the museum gift shop at the foot
Last Line: They ever met another death
Subject(s): American Civil War; History; Soldiers; U.s. - History; Violence; War; War Injuries


AURORA-BOREALIS; COMMEMORATIVE OF DISSOLUTION OF ARMIES,1865, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What power disbands the northern lights
Last Line: Midnight and morn.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army - United States; U.s. - History


AUTOCRATIC POLICY OF THE FEDERAL AMERICANS, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At length a fierce autocracy is seen
Last Line: Drift between north and south like floating wood.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BALL'S BLUFF; A REVERIE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One noonday, at my window in the town
Last Line: Far footfalls died away till none were left.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Americans; Ball's Bluff, Battle Of; United States - History; United States; War; America


BALLAD OF EMMA SAMSON, by JOHN TROTWOOD MOORE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The courage of man is one thing, but that of a maid is more
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BALLAD OF ISHMAEL DAY, by FITZ-GREENE HALLECK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One summer morning a daring band
Last Line: His fame shall be fresh and young alway - %honor to old ishmael day!
Alternate Author Name(s): Croaker
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History


BALLAD OF THE WAR, by GEORGE HERBERT SASS    Poem Source                
First Line: Watchman, what of the night
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BALTIMORE GRAYS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Ah, well I remember that long summer's day
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BARBARA FRIETCHIE [SEPTEMBER 13, 1862], by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Up from the meadows rich with corn
Last Line: On thy stars below in frederick town!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Americans; Courage; Flags - United States; Frietschie, Barbara (1766-1862); Maryland; Patriotism; United States - History; United States; Valor; Bravery; American Flag; Fritchie, Barbara (1766-1862); America


BAREFOOTED BOYS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: By the sword of st. Michael
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BATTLE ABOVE THE CLOUDS, by THERON BROWN    Poem Source                
First Line: By the banks of chattanooga, watching with a soldier's heed
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chattanooga Campaign; Lookout Mountain, Battle Of (1863); U.s. - History


BATTLE BUNNY; MALVERN HILL, 1864, by FRANCIS BRET HARTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bunny, lying in the grass
Last Line: Twixt a rabbit's god and man's.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harte, Bret
Subject(s): American Civil War; Animals; Rabbits; United States - History; Hares


BATTLE HYMN, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: God, to thee we humbly bow
Last Line: In defeat and victory
Subject(s): American Civil War; Faith; Soldiers; U.s. - History


BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, by JULIA WARD HOWE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord
Last Line: While god is marching on.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Americans; Freedom; Patriotism; Religion; United States - History; United States; War; Liberty; Theology; America


BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, by HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord
Last Line: While god is marching on
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BATTLE OF MURFREESBORO, 1862-1922, by JOHN ORLEY ALLEN TATE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He shakes the dust from off his feet
Last Line: And skyscrapers tower in far new york.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tate, Allen
Subject(s): American Civil War; Murfreesboro, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


BATTLE OF SOMERSET, by CORNELIUS C. CULLEN    Poem Text                
First Line: I gazed, and lo! Afar and near
Last Line: And cease this bloody strife.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Somerset, Kentucky, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


BATTLE OF STONE RIVER, TENNESSEE; VIEW FROM OXFORD CLOISTERS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With tewksbury and barnet heath
Last Line: Like yorkist and lancastrian?
Subject(s): American Civil War; Rosecrans, William Starke (1819-1898); Stone River, Battle Of (1863); U.s. - History


BATTLE RAINBOW, by JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The warm, weary day was departing-the smile
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, John Randolph
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BATTLE SUMMERS, by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Again the glory of the days!
Last Line: What in the hurly can ye do? %little, 'tis like - yet we can die
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BAY BILLY, by FRANK HARRISON GASSAWAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You may talk of horses of renown
Last Line: "the whole line answered, ""here!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Derrick Dogg
Subject(s): American Civil War; Animals; Horses; United States - History; War


BEAT! BEAT! DRUMS!, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Beat! Beat! Drums! - blow! Bugles! Blow / through the windows - through doors
Last Line: So strong you thump o terrible drums -- so loud you bugles blow.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


BEAUFORT EXILE'S LAMENT, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Now chant me a dirge for the isles of the sea
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BEAUREGARD, by CATHERINE ANNE WARFIELD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Our trust is now in thee
Last Line: Beauregard!
Alternate Author Name(s): Warfield, Catherine M.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauregard, Pierre Gustave T. (1818-93); Confederate States Of America; Patriotism; Shiloh, Battle Of (1862); United States - History; Confederacy


BEAUREGARD'S APPEAL, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yea! Since the need is bitter
Last Line: The eucharist of prayer.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauregard, Pierre Gustave T. (1818-93); Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Confederacy


BEFORE VICKSBURG, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: While sherman stood beneath the hottest fire
Last Line: "more cartridges, sir, -- calibre fifty-four!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History; Vicksburg Campaign (1862-63)


BETHEL, by AUGUSTINE JOSEPH HICKEY DUGANNE    Poem Text                
First Line: We mustered at midnight, in darkness we formed
Last Line: "column! Forward!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bethel, Virgina, Battle Of (1861); United States - History; Great Bethel (church), Virginia; Big Bethel (church), Virginia; Little Bethel (church), Virginia


BEYOND THE POTOMAC, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They slept on the field which their valor had won
Last Line: Since they passed o'er the river?
Subject(s): American Civil War; Maryland; United States - History


BIVOUAC IN THE SNOW, by MARGARET JUNKIN PRESTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Halt! - the march is over
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BIVOUAC ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I see before me now a travelling army halting
Last Line: Studded, breaking out, the eternal stars.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army Life; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Drills & Minor Tactics; Declaration Day


BLACKSMITH; MRS. GRESHAM, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Howard gresham pried a yes from me
Last Line: At last I am ready for my life to come
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


BONNY ELOISE, by J. R. THOMAS    Poem Source                
First Line: O, sweet is the vale where the mohawk gently glides
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BOSTON HYMN; READ IN MUSIC HALL, JANUARY 1, 1863, by RALPH WALDO EMERSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The word of the lord by night
Last Line: His way home to the mark.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Americans; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Patriotism; Pilgrim Fathers; United States - History; United States; Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty; America


BOWING HER HEAD, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Her head is bowed downwards; so pensive her air
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BOY BRITTAN [FEBRUARY 8, 1862], by BYRON FORCEYTHE WILLSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Boy brittan - only a lad a fair-haired boy - sixteen
Last Line: "my darling, thou shalt rest!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Willson, Forceythe
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Fort Henry, Battle Of (1862); Sailing & Sailors; United States - History; Dead, The; Seamen; Sails


BOYISH WAR; LT. MITCHELL, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys
Last Line: Then I felt like six-and-a-quarter cents
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


BRADY'S MICHIGAN SHARPSHOOTERS INSPECT THE AMBROTYPE OF SERGEANT RICE, by MICHAEL A. SCHAFFNER    Poem Source                
First Line: We know it was '62 because sergeant rice
Last Line: A closer look at this, my other life
Subject(s): American Civil War; Military; Soldiers; U.s. - History


BRIGADE MUST NOT KNOW, SIR!', by JOHN WILLIAMSON PALMER    Poem Source                
First Line: Who've ye got there? Only a dying brother'
Last Line: Living, he laid the first stones of a nation; %and dead, he builds it yet
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); U.s. - History


BROKEN MUG, by JOHN ESTEN COOKE    Poem Source                
First Line: My mug is broken, my heart is sad
Alternate Author Name(s): Cook, John Esten
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BROTHER, TELL ME OF THE BATTLE, by GEORGE FREDERICK ROOT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BROWN OF OSSAWATOMIE [DECEMBER 2, 1859], by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: John brown of ossawatomie spake on his dying day
Last Line: To love!
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Capital Punishment; Freedom; Slavery; United States - History; Anti-slavery; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Liberty; Serfs


BURY THEM, by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bury the dragon's teeth!
Last Line: Fighting against great god.
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Fort Wagner, Battle Of (1863); Shaw, Robert Gould (1847-1863); Soldiers; United States - History


BURYING DETAIL, by JOHN BENSKO    Poem Source                
First Line: No matter the slant of hill, or height
Last Line: Their magpie scattering of what was once %so possessed
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History; War Injuries


BUTLER'S PROCLAMATION, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ay! Drop the treacherous mask! Throw by
Last Line: Save -- immortality of shame!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Butler, Benjamin Franklin (1818-1893); New Orleans, Battle Of (1862); United States - History; Women


BY CHICKAMAUGA RIVER, by HEZEKIAH BUTTERWORTH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Again the wandering breezes bring
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


BY THE POTOMAC, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The soft new grass is creeping o'er the graves
Last Line: And all our heavy heritage of grief.
Variant Title(s): Accomplices
Subject(s): American Civil War; Potomac River; Rivers; United States - History


BY THE SHENANDOAH; OCTOBER, 1863, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My home is drear and still to-night
Last Line: My courtney fair and my philip bold!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Courage; Nature; U.s. - History; Valor; Bravery


CALL ALL', by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Whoop! The doodles have broken loose
Last Line: "mother and maiden, and child and slave, / a common triumph or a single grave"
Subject(s): American Civil War;confederate States Of America;u.s. - History; Confederacy


CAMPS OF GREEN, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not alone those camps of white, old comrades of wars
Last Line: Nor drummer to beat the morning drum.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


CAN'T, by HARRIET PRESCOTT SPOFFORD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How history repeats itself
Last Line: The steadfast man whose name was grant.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); U.s. - History; Wilderness Campaign (1864)


CANTICLE DE PROFUNDIS, by LUCY LARCOM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Glory to thee, father of all the immortal
Last Line: Glory to thee!
Variant Title(s): A Canticle In War
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


CAPT. SALLY TOMPKINS, C.S.A, by BEVERLY RANDOLPH TUCKER    Poem Source                
First Line: A clock has struck! A life has paid the cost
Subject(s): American Civil War; Physicians; U.s. - History


CAPTAIN'S WIFE, by THEODORE TILTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We gathered roses, blanche and I, for little madge
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


CAPTIVES GOING HOME, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: No flaunting banners o'er them wave
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


CAROLINA, by JOHN A. WAGNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Carolina! Carolina
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


CAROLINA [JANUARY, 1865], by HENRY TIMROD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The despot treads thy sacred sands
Last Line: Carolina!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); South Carolina; United States - History


CAVALRY CROSSING A FORD, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A line in long array where they wind betwixt green islands
Last Line: The guidon flags flutter gayly in the wind.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army Life; Cavalry; Holidays; Memorial Day; Soldiers; United States - History; War; Drills & Minor Tactics; Declaration Day


CEDAR MOUNTAIN [AUGUST 9, 1862], by ANNIE (ADAMS) FIELDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Ring the bells, nor ring them slowly
Last Line: These lives that now we dedicate.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cedar Mountain, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


CHARLES B. DREUX, by JAMES RYDER RANDALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Weep, louisiana, weep thy gallant dead!
Last Line: Forever bright!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Courage; Death; Dreux, Charles (1832-1861); Louisiana; Soldiers; U.s. - History; Valor; Bravery; Dead, The


CHARLESTON, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Calmly beside her tropic strand
Last Line: Pass from the world to glory.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Charleston, South Carolina; United States - History


CHARLESTON, by HENRY TIMROD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Calm as that second summer which precedes / the first fall of snow
Last Line: April, 1'63.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Charleston, South Carolina; United States - History


CHARLESTON AT THE CLOSE OF 1863, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What! Still does the mother of treason uprear
Last Line: Where her dead martyrs rest!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Charleston, South Carolina; United States - History


CHATTANOOGA (NOVEMBER, 1863), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A kindling impulse seized the host
Last Line: And death a starry night.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chattanooga Campaign; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); U.s. - History


CHICKAMAUGA, by MARY EVELYN DAVID    Poem Text                
First Line: The sharp, clear crack of rifles, and the deep
Last Line: By the river of death!
Alternate Author Name(s): Moore, Mollie E.; Davis, Mollie E. Moore
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chickamauga, Battle Of (1863); Death; United States - History; Dead, The


CHICKAMAUGA: 1898, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: They are camped on chickamauga
Last Line: In the freedom-war of life
Subject(s): "american Civil War;chickamauga, Battle Of (1863);holidays;memorial Day;u.s. - History;" Declaration Day


CHICKAMAUGA: 1898, by GEORGE TITUS FERRIS    Poem Source                
First Line: From laughing leas the bugles sing
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chickamauga, Battle Of (1863); Holidays; Memorial Day; U.s. - History


CHILDREN'S HOUR; MRS. GRESHAM, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: This morning on the radio I heard
Last Line: And I was moved by everything that moved
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


CHIVALRY AND SLAVERY, SELECTION, by JOHN BURKE    Poem Text                
First Line: It chanced that in a southern state
Last Line: * * *
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cruelty; Death; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Slavery; United States - History; Dead, The; Antislavery Movement - United States; Serfs


CHRISTMAS EVE, SOUTH, 1865, by MARY TUCKER LAMBERT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poverty, remorseless spectre
Last Line: For heaven is real, and earth deceiving.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tucker, Mary Eliza Perine
Subject(s): American Civil War; Christmas; Reconstruction (1865-1876); Southern States; United States - History; Nativity, The; South (u.s.)


CHRISTMAS OF LONG AGO, by MORTON BRYAN WHARTON    Poem Source                
First Line: I am thinking tonight in sadness
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


CIVIL WAR, by CHARLES DAWSON SHANLY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Rifleman, shoot me a fancy shot
Last Line: "load again, rifleman, keep your hand in!"
Variant Title(s): The Fancy Shot
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History; War


CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA - EXPOSTULATION, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No darker record on the roll of time
Last Line: Nor heaven nor earth will bid your cause god-speed
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): American Civil War; Emancipation Movement And Proclamation; Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896); U.s. - History


CLARIBEL'S PRAYER, by M. L. PARMELEE    Poem Source                
First Line: The day, with cold gray feet, clung shivering to the hills
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


CLAY PIPE, by J. O. GARRETT    Poem Text                
First Line: The old log house, built by his own hands
Last Line: "I shall sleep."" and a door closed silently."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Grandparents; Pioneers; Southern States; United States - History; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; South (u.s.)


CLEBURNE, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Another ray of light hath fled, another southern brave
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cleburne, Patrick Ronayne (1828-1864); Generals; U.s. - History


CLOUDS IN THE WEST, by AUGUSTUS JULIAN REQUIER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hark! On the wind that whistles from the west
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


COBB'S ORCHARD ; LT. MITCHELL SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH AT POMEROY, WA., by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: A hungary army's enough to spook the dead
Last Line: Which has bothered my mind for all these years
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


COLONEL ELLSWORTH, by RICHARD HENRY STODDARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It fell upon us like a crushing woe
Last Line: Will steel our aching hearts to strike again!
Subject(s): Alexandria, Virginia; American Civil War; Ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (1837-18610; U.s. - History


COME UP FROM THE FIELDS FATHER, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Come up from the fields father, here's a letter from our pete
Last Line: To follow, to seek, to be with her dear dead son.
Variant Title(s): A Letter From Camp
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; United States; War; Declaration Day; America


COMING (APRIL, 1861), by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: World, art thou 'ware of a storm?
Last Line: Be swept, as by fire, away!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History; War


COMMEMORATION ODE, by KARL MYERS    Poem Text                
First Line: Man has not lost, in whatsoever night
Last Line: And wreathe the laurel with the asphodel.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Garnett, Robert Selden (1819-1861); Monuments; U.s. - History


COMMEMORATION ODE READ AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY, by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Weak-winged is song
Last Line: But ask whatever else, and we will dare!
Variant Title(s): Ode Recited At The Harvard Commemoration, July 21, 1865
Subject(s): American Civil War; Courage; Harvard University; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Peace; Presidents, United States; United States - History; Valor; Bravery


COMMEMORATIVE OF A NAVAL VICTORY, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sailors there are of gentlest breed
Last Line: Glides white through the phosphorus sea.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sea Battles; United States - History; Naval Warfare


COMPROMISE; INSCRIBED TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1861, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Compromise! Who dares to speak it
Last Line: We will never, never yield!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Government; U.s. - History; United States; Liberty; America


CONFEDERACY, by JANE T. H. CROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: Born in a day, full-grown our nation stood
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History


CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: The marching armies of the past
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


CONFEDERATE SOLDIER, KENNESAW MOUNTAIN, JULY, 1864, by PETER SCHMITT    Poem Source                
First Line: In my field glasses the little steeple
Last Line: Will congregate, in dark suits, buttons shining
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; Military; Soldiers; U.s. - History


COUNTERSIGN (2), by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Alas! The rolling hours pass along
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History; War


COUNTRY I REMEMBER; MRS GRESHAM, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: By the time the train pulled into portland, I
Last Line: I told him I would move to california
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


CRAVEN, by HENRY JOHN NEWBOLT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Over the turret, shut in his ironclad tower
Last Line: Princes of courtesy, merciful, proud, and strong.
Variant Title(s): Craven: Mobile Bay, 1864
Subject(s): American Civil War; Craven, Tunis Augustus M. (1813-1864); Mobile Bay, Battle Of (1864); Tecumseh (ship); United States - History


CUMBERLAND GAP, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "lay down, boys and take a little nap"
Last Line: Fourteen miles to the cumberland gap
Subject(s): American Civil War;cumberland Gap;u.s. - History


DABNEY'S WIFE; SPRING 1863, by JOANNE LOWERY    Poem Source                
First Line: It was all their idea, not hooker's
Last Line: And rinsed and did not miss a thing
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; American Civil War; Blood; Slavery; Soldiers; U.s. - History; War Injuries; Women And War


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENADOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 1, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: Long ere ruthless civil war laid waste
Last Line: They idolized with fond, indulgent care.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 10, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: When the chieftain deep into the forest shade
Last Line: And on his mangled bosom died.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 2, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: Sounds of trumpet, drum, and shrilling fife
Last Line: His lifeless flesh.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 3, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: Upon the balmy breeze of that same morning
Last Line: * * *
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 4, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: At early dawn the wounded federal
Last Line: Of both the rescued and the rescuer.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 5, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: One bright morn as the lovers near the cot
Last Line: Them in a loathsome dungeon south.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 6, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: Down beside her senseless mother daisy
Last Line: Death freed reuben from his clanking chains.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 7, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: Soon upon the breeze she heard the tramp
Last Line: Were lost, in the gloom of night enshrouded deeply.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DAISY SWAIN, THE FLOWER OF SHENANDOAH; A TALE OF THE REBELLION: 9, by JOHN M. DAGNALL    Poem Text                
First Line: Not till their victims charr'd remains exhaled
Last Line: "but never from your wicked conscience.[""]"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Beauty; Death; Love; Soldiers; United States - History; Women; Dead, The


DANNY, by MALCOLM COWLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You marched off southward with the fire of twenty
Subject(s): American Civil War


DEAR MOTHER, I'VE COME HOME TO DIE, by EDGAR BOWERS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mother, I remember well
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


DEATH OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, by ELEAZAR PARMLY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lincoln is dead! And all the land
Last Line: The other, slavery's cursed chains.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History


DEATH OF LINCOLN DESPOTISM, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Twas out upon mid-ocean that the san jacinto
Last Line: And hold them till abe lincoln and all his northern scum / shall own our independence of 'yankee-doo
Subject(s): "american Civil War;confederate States Of America;mason, James Murry (1798-1871);slidell, John (1793-1871);u.s. - History;" Confederacy


DEATH OF STONEWALL JACKSON, by HENRY LYNDEN FLASH    Poem Text                
First Line: Not midst the lightning of the stormy fight
Last Line: He rises with the crown!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); United States - History


DEATH THE PEACEMAKER, by ELLEN H. FLAGG    Poem Source                
First Line: A waste of land, a sodden plain
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; U.s. - History


DESTRUCTION OF COLUMBIA, by ELIZABETH OTIS MARSHALL DANNELLY    Poem Text                
First Line: Methinks there'll be emblazoned on the dismal walls of hell
Last Line: "time cannot teach forgetfulness,"" the past can never die."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Columbia, South Carolina; United States - History


DIRGE, by THOMAS WILLIAM PARSONS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Room for a soldier! Lay him in the clover
Last Line: Shall memory come to dream upon it.
Variant Title(s): Dirge For One Who Fell In Battle
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bethel, Virgina, Battle Of (1861); Patriotism; U.s. - History; Winthrop, Theodore (1828-1861); Great Bethel (church), Virginia; Big Bethel (church), Virginia; Little Bethel (church), Virginia


DIRGE, by RICHARD HENRY STODDARD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Low lies in the dust the honored head
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


DIRGE FOR A SOLDIER [SEPTEMBER 1, 1862], by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Close his eyes; his work is done!
Last Line: Lay him low!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Kearny, Philip (1814-1862); Patriotism; United States - History


DIRGE FOR ASHBY, by JOSEPHINE JUNKIN PRESTON    Poem Text                
First Line: Heard ye that thrilling word
Last Line: Ashby is dead!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; U.s. - History; Dead, The


DIXIE, by DANIEL DECATUR EMMETT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I wish I was in de land ob cotton
Last Line: Chorus.
Variant Title(s): Dixie's Land
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Patriotism; United States - History; Liberty


DIXIE, by ALBERT PIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Southrons, hear your country call you!
Last Line: And conquer peace for dixie!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Military Service, Voluntary; Patriotism; United States - History; Confederacy


DONELSON (FEBRUARY, 1862), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The bitter cup
Last Line: In vain seek donelson.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Donelson, Fort; U.s. - History; Wallace, Lewis (1827-1905)


DRIVING HOME THE COWS, by KATE PUTNAM OSGOOD    Poem Text                
First Line: Out of the clover and blue-eyed grass
Last Line: Together they followed the cattle home.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; Peace; United States - History; Declaration Day


DUPONT'S ROUND FIGHT (NOVEMBER, 1861), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In time and measure perfect moves
Last Line: And victory of law.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


DYING SOLDIER BOY, by A. B. CUNNINGHAM    Poem Source                
First Line: Upon manassa's bloody plain a soldier boy lay dying
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


EIGHTEEN SIXTY-ONE, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Arm'd year - year of the struggle
Last Line: I repeat you, hurrying, crashing, sad, distracted year.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


EIGHTY ACRES; LT. MITCHELL, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: In 1866 my son was born
Last Line: And I will rest there when my time has come
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


EIN FESTE BURG IST UNSER GOTT, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We wait beneath the furnace blast
Last Line: Endure and wait and labor!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Luther, Martin (1483-1546); Slavery; U.s. - History; Serfs


EL RIO DE LAS ANIMAS PERDIDAS EN PURGATORIO, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: No one recollects where the spaniards died
Last Line: Was brief -- far briefer than our scattering
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


ELEGY FOR THE NATIVE GUARD, by NATASHA TRETHEWEY    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: We leave gulfport at noon; gulls overhead
Subject(s): African Americans - Soldiers; American Civil War; Ship Island (mississippi)


ELEGY ON JEFFERSON DAVIS, by JOHN ORLEY ALLEN TATE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No more the white refulgent streets
Last Line: Orestes fled in night and day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tate, Allen
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Consolation; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); U.s. - History; Confederacy


ELLSWORTH, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Who is this ye say is slain?
Last Line: Such a sacred offering / god will not despise
Subject(s): "alexandria, Virginia;american Civil War;ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (1837-18610;u.s. - History;


EMPTY SLEEVE, by J. R. BAGBY    Poem Source                
First Line: Tom, old fellow, I grieve to see
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ENLISTED TODAY, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: I know the sun shines, and the lilacs are blowing
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ESCAPE, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: In summer insects clouded over the pond
Last Line: And wait for the whipping that will surely come
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


ETHIOPIA SALUTING THE COLORS, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who are you dusky woman, so ancient hardly human
Last Line: Are the things so strange and marvellous you see or have seen?
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; American Civil War; Georgia (state); Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History


ETHNOGENESIS, by HENRY TIMROD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hath not the morning dawned with added light?
Last Line: Strange tropic warmth and hints of summer seas.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Southern States; United States - History; Confederacy; South (u.s.)


F.B.C.; CHANCELLORSVILLE, MAY 3, 1863, by WILLIAM ALLEN BUTLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He was our noblest, he was our bravest & best
Last Line: Still our bravest and best!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Courage; Death; Heroism; Honor; Soldiers; United States - History; Valor; Bravery; Dead, The; Heroes; Heroines


FADED COAT OF BLUE, by J. H. MCNAUGHTON    Poem Source                
First Line: My brave lad sleeps in his faded coat of blue
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


FAREWELL HYMN; DEDICATED TO OFFICERS AND MEN OF MERRIMAC, by PHINEAS STOWE    Poem Source                
First Line: Saviour o'er the restless ocean
Last Line: But we'll hope to dwell together, %on that calm and heavenly shore
Subject(s): American Civil War; Navy - United States; Sea Battles; U.s. - History; Virginia (ship)


FAREWELL TO BROTHER JONATHAN, by UNKNOWN+23    Poem Source                
First Line: Farewell! We must part; we have turned from the land
Last Line: To the path through the valley and %shadow of death!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Farewell; Patriotism; U.s. - History


FARRAGUT, by WILLIAM TUCKEY MEREDITH    Poem Text                
First Line: Farragut, farragut
Last Line: Thunderbolt stroke!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870); Mobile Bay, Battle Of (1864); Patriotism; United States - History


FIGHT AT FORT SUMTER, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Twas a wonderful brave fight
Last Line: And a stern retribution %to the south
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fort Sumter, South Carolina; U.s. - History


FLAG OF TRUCE, by AMANDA THEODOSIA JONES    Poem Source                
First Line: Let us bury our dead
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


FOLLIES OF THE DAY, A SATIRE, SELECTION, by F. O. SAYLES    Poem Text                
First Line: Whoe'er surveys the conduct of mankind
Last Line: Let satire paint them for the public scorn.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mankind; Nations; Truth; U.s. - History; Human Race


FOR DECORATION DAY: 1861-1865, by RUPERT HUGHES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: But do we truly mourn our soldier dead
Last Line: The peaceful barracks where their bodies sleep.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


FOR FREEDOM, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thank god! 'tis the war-cry! They call us; we come;
Last Line: O comrades, strike boldly! Our triumph is nigh!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Slavery; Soldiers; U.s. - History; Serfs


FOR THE COMMEMORATION SERVICES; MEMORIAL VERSES, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Four summers coined their golden light in leaves
Last Line: Living and dead alike forever dear!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


FOR THE UNION DEAD, by ROBERT LOWELL    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The old south boston aquarium stands
Variant Title(s): Colonel Shaw And The Massachusetts 54
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Boston; Duty; Heroism; Massachusetts; Monuments; Racism; Saint-gaudens, Augustus (1848-1907); Shaw, Robert Gould (1847-1863); Soldiers; United States - History; Heroes; Heroines; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


FOR THE UNION DEAD, by ROBERT LOWELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The old south boston aquarium stands
Last Line: A savage servility %slides by on grease
Variant Title(s): Colonel Shaw And The Massachusetts 5
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Boston; Duty; Heroism; Massachusetts; Monuments; Racism; Saint-gaudens, Augustus (1848-1907); Shaw, Robert Gould (1847-1863); Soldiers; U.s. - History


FORGOTTEN, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Forgotten! Can it be a few swift rounds
Last Line: For the old time's return!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


FORMERLY A SLAVE' (AN IDEALIZED PORTRAIT, BY E. VEDDER), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sufferance of her race is shown
Last Line: Sibylline, yet benign.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Paintings & Painters; Slavery; United States - History; Vedder, Elihu (1836-1923); Serfs


FORTITUDE OF THE NORTH UNDER THE DISASTER OF 2ND MANASSAS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No shame they take for dark defeat
Last Line: When the livid antarctic storm-clouds glow.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; U.s. - History; Manassas, Batlle Of


FRAGMENTS FROM A CIVIL WAR: MINNESOTA 1863-64, by EVA HOOKER    Poem Source                
First Line: The wind blows hard this winter, hard as god's mouth
Last Line: Still now, like a thimble left at nightfall on the sill after sewing
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; Fights; Soldiers; U.s. - History


FREDERICKSBURG, by THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The increasing moonlight drifts across my bed
Last Line: Hark! -- the black squadrons wheeling down to death!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fredericksburg, Battle Of (1862); Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


FREDERICKSBURG, by JAMES ABRAHAM MARTLING    Poem Source                
First Line: The rappahannock's swollen track
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fredericksburg, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


FREDERICKSBURG, by W. F. W.    Poem Source                
First Line: Eighteen hundred and sixty-two
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fredericksburg, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


FREEDOM'S RALLY, by J. A. NUNES    Poem Text                
First Line: Wake, freedom, with thy trumpet tongue
Last Line: For god and liberty!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Treason And Traitors; U.s. - History; Liberty


GARFIELD'S RIDE AT CHICKAMAUGA, by HEZEKIAH BUTTERWORTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Again the summer-fevered skies
Last Line: By chickamauga river.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chickamauga, Battle Of (1863); Garfield, James Abram (1831-1881); Thomas, George Henry (1816-1870); United States - History


GENERAL ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON, by MARY JERVEY    Poem Source                
First Line: In thickest fight triumphantly he fell
Subject(s): American Civil War; Johnston, Albert Sidney (1803-1862); U.s. - History


GENERAL DABNEY H. MAURY, by ROSEWELL PAGE    Poem Source                
First Line: He sleeps, the 'little general' sleeps
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


GETTYSBURG, by EUGENE FIELD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You wore the blue and I the gray
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History


GETTYSBURG, by ERNEST WARBURTON SHURTLEFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Twas the breaking of the tempest when rebellion broke the law
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History


GETTYSBURG, by EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Wave, wave your glorious battleflags
Last Line: "our grand old army held the ridge, and won that glorious day!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


GETTYSBURG ODE; DEDICATION OF THE NATIONAL MONUMENT, by BAYARD TAYLOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After the eyes that looked, the lips that spake
Last Line: And, dying here for freedom, also died for thee!
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Monuments; U.s. - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


GETTYSBURG [JULY 1-3, 1863], by JAMES JEFFREY ROCHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There was no union in the land, / though wise men labored long
Last Line: The sword of meade and lee!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Patriotism; United States - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


GETTYSBURG; THE CHECK (JUNE, 1863), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O pride of the days in prime of the months
Last Line: Shall rest in honor there.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


GOD SAVE THE FLAG, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Washed in the blood of the brave and the blooming
Last Line: Washed from its stains in the blood of the brave!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Flags - United States; United States - History; American Flag


GOD SAVE THE NATION!, by THEODORE TILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou who ordainest, for the land's salvation
Last Line: With peace elysian!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


GONE FORWARD', by MARGARET JUNKIN PRESTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, 'let the tent be struck': victorious morning
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


GOOSE HANGS HIGH, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: In june of sixty-three, I suppose you all know
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


GRAVE OF ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON, by J. B. SYNNOTT    Poem Source                
First Line: The lone star state secretes the clay
Subject(s): American Civil War; Johnston, Albert Sidney (1803-1862); U.s. - History


GREAT BELL ROLAND; SUGGESTED BY PRESIDENT'S CALL VOLUNTEERS, by THEODORE TILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Toll! Roland, toll!
Last Line: Tool! Roland, toll!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; United States - History


HARVEST AND LIBERTY; BEFORE ELECTION, 1860, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The harvest moon is waning
Last Line: Until the work be done!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Farm Life; Freedom; Harvest; U.s. - History; Agriculture; Farmers; Liberty


HAYNIE, by WILLIAM MILLER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My great-grandfather %is buried in an unmarked grave
Last Line: New clothes, %glass for the windows
Alternate Author Name(s): Laureate Of The Nursery
Subject(s): American Civil War; Slavery; Suicide; U.s. - History; War


HEART OF LOUISIANA, by HARRIET STANTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh! Let me weep, while o'er our land
Last Line: And hope no more the wrong shall live
Subject(s): American Civil War; Louisiana; Patriotism; U.s. - History; War - Casualties (statistics, Etc.)


HEART OF THE WAR, by JOSIAH GILBERT HOLLAND    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Peace in the clover-scented air
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


HEROES, by EMMA LAZARUS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In rich virginian woods
Last Line: Of knightly deeds and dreams.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


HEROES, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The winds that once the argo bore
Last Line: And the world is a braver world to-day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Heroism; United States - History; Liberty; Heroes; Heroines


HESITATING VETERAN, by AMBROSE BIERCE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was young and full of faith
Last Line: O, that I knew which side I fought for!
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


HOLD THE FORT, by PHILIP PAUL BLISS    Poem Source                
First Line: Ho, my comrades! See the signal waving in the sky
Alternate Author Name(s): Bliss, P. P.; Bliss, Philipp
Subject(s): Allatoona Pass, Georgia; American Civil War; Corse, John Murray (1835-1893); U.s. - History


HOME, SWEET HOME, by FRANCES ELLEN WATKINS HARPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sharers of a common country
Last Line: Be our watchwords evermore.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


HONORS OF WAR, by JOHN JAMES PIATT    Poem Source                
First Line: Wails of slow music move along the street
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


HOOKER'S ACROSS, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hooker's across! Hooker's across!
Last Line: Hooker's across!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); Hooker, Joseph (1814-1879); United States - History


HOPES OF MAN, by JOSEPH O'CONNOR    Poem Source                
First Line: Our past is bright and grand
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


HOSPITAL SOLILOQUY, by ROSE TERRY COOKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I swan! It's pleasant now we've beaten
Last Line: They won't have time to change their mind!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hospitals; U.s. - History


HOUSE, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Two swede families live downstairs and an irish policeman upstairs
Last Line: Could be a soldier.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Home; U.s. - History


HOW ARE YOU, SANITARY?', by FRANCIS BRET HARTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Down the picket-guarded lane
Last Line: "pass in, sanitary!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Harte, Bret
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; Patriotism; United States - History; Declaration Day


HOW MCCLELLAN TOOK MANASSAS, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Heard ye how the bold mcclellan
Last Line: Tell on shaft and storied brasses / how he took the famed man assas
Subject(s): "american Civil War;bull Run, Battles Of;mcclellan, George Brinton (1826-1885);u.s. - History;" "manassas, Batlle Of;


HOW SOLEMN AS ONE BY ONE (WASHINGTON CITY, 1865), by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How solemn as one by one
Last Line: Nor the bayonet stab o friend.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


HOW THE CUMBERLAND WENT DOWN [MARCH 8, 1862], by SILAS WEIR MITCHELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gray swept the angry waves
Last Line: As the cumberland went down.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cumberland (ship); Hampton Roads, Virginia; Sea Battles; United States - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


HOW WE CAME THIS FAR, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: The rattle and sway of the train as it clattered across
Last Line: Even my papa, back when he was young
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


HYMN FOR THE FAIR AT CHICAGO, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O god! In danger's darkest hour
Last Line: And all the earth is thine.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


HYMN OF THE MOTHERS OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, by HORATIO NELSON POWERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Home calls each loved familiar name
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


HYMN SUNG AT CHRISTMAS BY SCHOLARS OF ST. HELENA'S ISLAND, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, none in all the world before
Last Line: That sets the island free!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Christmas; Freedom; St. Helena's Island, South Carolina; U.s. - History; Nativity, The; Liberty


HYMN WRITTEN FOR THE GREAT CENTRAL FAIR IN PHILADELPHIA, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Father, send on earth again
Last Line: Faithful to freedom and thee.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


I GIVE MY SOLDIER BOY A BLADE, by H. M. L.    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


I GIVE MY SOLDIER BOY A BLADE!, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
Last Line: "remember by these heartfelt strains, / I give my soldier boy the blade!"
Subject(s): American Civil War;confederate States Of America;patriotism;u.s. - History;women; Confederacy


I'M DYING, COMRADE, by MARY H. C. BOOTH    Poem Text                
First Line: I think I'm dying, comrade
Last Line: Is calling me from life.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Martyrs; United States - History


IN CAMP, by WILLIAM HAINES LYTLE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I gazed forth from my wintry tent
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


IN HIS BLANKET ON THE GROUND', by CAROLINE H. GERVAIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Weary, weary lies the soldier
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


IN HOSPITAL: 21. ROMANCE, by WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Talk of pluck!' pursued the sailor
Last Line: "and they meant it too, by thunder!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Henley, W. E.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Charleston, South Carolina; Hospitals; United States - History


IN MEMORIAM (ABRAHAM LINCOLN), by DEXTER SMITH    Poem Text                
First Line: Columbia weeps! Her cherished son
Last Line: Our future is alone with god.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History


IN MEMORIAM (DAVID J. RYAN, C. S. A.), by ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou art sleeping, brother, sleeping
Last Line: Flashed above my brother's tomb.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Brothers; Death; U.s. - History; Half-brothers; Dead, The


IN MEMORY, by RICHARD REALF    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Old greece hath her thermopylae
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


IN MEMORY OF MY BROTHER, by ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Young as the youngest who donned the gray
Last Line: But -- his memory lives in the other.
Variant Title(s): The Southern Soldier Boy
Subject(s): American Civil War; Brothers; U.s. - History; Half-brothers


IN THE LAND WHERE WE WERE DREAMING, by DANIEL BEDINGER LUCAS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fair were our visions! Oh, they were as grand
Last Line: In the land where we were dreaming.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Peace; United States - History


IN THE NORTHERN WOODS, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: The wind that stripped the birches by the lake
Last Line: Whose small bones left no imprint on the earth
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


IN THE PRISON PEN (1864), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Listless he eyes the palisades
Last Line: Dead in his meagreness.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Prisons & Prisoners; U.s. - History


INSCRIPTION FOR A WELL IN MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS OF THE WAR, by RALPH WALDO EMERSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fall, stream, from heaven to bless; return as well
Last Line: So did our sons; heaven met them as they fell.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fountains; Martyrs; United States - History


INSCRIPTION FOR THE GRAVES AT PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let none misgive we died amiss
Last Line: But marched, and fell -- victorious!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Graves; U.s. - History; Tombs; Tombstones


INSCRIPTION FOR THE SLAIN AT FREDERICKSBURGH, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A glory lights an earnest end
Last Line: Strown their vale of death with palms.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fredericksburg, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


INSCRIPTION, FOR MARYE'S HEIGHTS, FREDERICKSBURG, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To them who crossed the flood
Last Line: Of more than victory the monument.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fredericksburg, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


JEFFERSON D., by HENRY SYLVESTER CORNWELL    Poem Text                
First Line: You're a traitor convicted, you know very well
Last Line: Jefferson d.!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); United States - History; Confederacy


JEFFERSON DAVIS, by WALKER MERIWETHER BELL    Poem Text                
First Line: Calm martyr of a noble cause
Last Line: A relic and a shrine!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); United States - History; Confederacy


JEFFERSON DAVIS, by HARRY THURSTON PECK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And now he slinks through dark oblivion's gate
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); U.s. - History


JOHN BROWN'S BODY, by STEPHEN VINCENT BENET    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They came on to fish-hook gettysburg in this way, after this fashion
Last Line: And the strange south moved against you, lean members lost in the corn
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; Slavery; United States - History; Anti-slavery; Gettysburg, Battle Of; Serfs


JOHN BROWN'S BODY, by STEPHEN VINCENT BENET    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They came on to fish-hook gettysburg in this way, after this fashion
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; Slavery; U.s. - History


JOHN BROWN'S BODY (3), by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: John brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave
Last Line: For, the dawn of old john brown has brightened into day %and his soul is marching on
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; U.s. - History


JOHN BURNS OF GETTYSBURG, by FRANCIS BRET HARTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Have you heard the story that gossips tell
Last Line: You'll show a hat that's white, or a feather.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harte, Bret
Subject(s): American Civil War; Burns, John; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Patriotism; United States - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


JOHN PEGRAM, by WILLIAM GORDON MCCABE    Poem Source                
First Line: What shall we say, now, of our gentle knight
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


JOHN PELHAM, by JAMES RYDER RANDALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Just as the spring came laughing through the strife
Last Line: Twining the victor's crown!
Variant Title(s): The Dead Cannoneer
Subject(s): American Civil War; Kelly's Ford, Virginia, Battle Of (1863); Pelham, John (1838-1863); United States - History


JOINED THE BLUES, by JOHN JEROME ROONEY    Poem Text                
First Line: Says stonewall jackson to 'little phil'
Last Line: "we're never north or south again -- he kissed the book for both!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; U.s. - History


JUST BEFORE THE BATTLE, MOTHER, by GEORGE FREDERICK ROOT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


KEARNY AT SEVEN PINES [MAY 31, 1862], by EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So that soldierly legend is still on its journey
Last Line: Line.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Kearny, Philip (1814-1862); Memorial Day; Patriotism; Seven Pines, Battle Of (1862); United States - History; Declaration Day; Fair Oaks, Battle Of (1862)


KEARSARGE, by SILAS WEIR MITCHELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sunday in old england
Last Line: Lords of the lonely deep.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Kearsarge (ship); Sea Battles; U.s. - History; Naval Warfare


KEARSARGE AND ALABAMA, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "it was early sunday morning, in the year of sixty-four"
Last Line: "hoist up the flag, and long may it waive, / god bless america, the home of the brave!"
Subject(s): "alabama (ship);american Civil War;cherbourg, France;kearsarge (ship);sea Battles;u.s. - History;winslow, John Ancrum (1811-1873);" Naval Warfare


KEENAN'S CHARGE, by GEORGE PARSONS LATHROP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun had set
Last Line: That saved the army at chancellorsville.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cavalry; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); Holidays; Keenan, Peter (1834-1863); Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


KENTUCKY BELLE, by CONSTANCE FENIMORE WOOLSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Summer of 'sixty-three, sir, and conrad was gone away
Last Line: Ah! We've had many horses since, but never a horse like her!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Kentucky; Morgan, John Hunt (1825-1864); United States - History


KILLED AT FREDERICKSBURG, by CHAUNCEY HICKOX    Poem Source                
First Line: Fred mason came beside my fire
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


KILLED AT THE FORD, by HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He is dead, the beautiful youth
Last Line: And the neighbors wondered that she should die.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History; War


KNELL SHALL SOUND ONCE MORE, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: I know that the knell shall sound once more
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LAND WITHOUT GRIEF, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Sundays they went skiing on the mountain
Last Line: Probed by descending cars with lighted beams
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


LAST CHARGE AT APPOMATTOX, by HENRY JEROME STOCKARD    Poem Source                
First Line: Scarred on a hundred fields before
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LAUS DEO!, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It is done! / clang of bell and roar of gun
Last Line: Who alone is lord and god!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; God; Patriotism; United States - History; Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty


LEAVING POMEROY; MRS. GRESHAM, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Running away is something children do
Last Line: That suddenly I feared what I had chosen
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


LEE AT THE WILDERNESS, by MARY (MOLLIE) EVELYN MOORE DAVIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Twas a terrible moment
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LEE TO THE REAR [MAY 12, 1864], by JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dawn of a pleasant morning in may
Last Line: The gray-bearded man in the black slouched hat.
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, John Randolph
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); Memorial Day; Patriotism; United States - History; Wilderness Campaign (1864); Declaration Day


LEE'S PAROLE, by MARION MANVILLE    Poem Text                
First Line: Well, general grant, have you heard the news?
Last Line: Preserved the north in the south's parole.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pope, Marion Manville, Mrs.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Appomattox, Virginia; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); U.s. - History


LEFT ON THE BATTLE-FIELD, by LAURA C. REDDEN    Poem Text                
First Line: Oh, my darling! My darling! Never to feel
Last Line: Out of the hateful light.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Grief; U.s. - History; Sorrow; Sadness


LEGION OF HONOR, by HENRY LYNDEN FLASH    Poem Source                
First Line: Why are we forever speaking
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 1. THE MAGIC GLASS, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: Twas fair and bright the first of may
Last Line: When fate shall weave thy destiny.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 10. NORTHERN CHIEF, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: Cold winter laid him down to rest
Last Line: "I'll even say farewell to-night."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 16. THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: It was a beauteous, heavenly night
Last Line: When walter draws to win lenare.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 17. THE RESCUE, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: At midnight's holy hour - a time
Last Line: They thought on their unburied dead.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 18. THE NUPTIALS, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: Twelve hours passed -- the grave had closed
Last Line: But wind as one through time forever.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 2. THE PICKET, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: Twas night; on old potomac's shore
Last Line: And then resumed his weary pace.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 3. THE BATTLE, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: The cannon's roar booms on the air
Last Line: But deeper still in darkness go.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LENARE: A STORY OF THE SOUTHERN REVOLUTION: 5. RECOGNITION - APPEAL, by MARY HUNT MCCALEB ODOM    Poem Text                
First Line: Whiling the summer hours away
Last Line: But strength is given as we need.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Love; Plays & Playwrights; U.s. - History; Women; Confederacy; Dead, The


LET ME KISS HIM FOR HIS MOTHER, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTER TO NO ADDRESS, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Another winter holds the town at bay
Last Line: Its restoration under winter skies
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 1. APRIL THE 17/63, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear woman I am well and hope you ar
Last Line: The boys ar well and in good hart -- john blood
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 10. MAY 30, 1963 CAMP NEAR VICKSBURG, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear loved one well the last 2 days I spent
Last Line: From them sins I am in my station
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 11, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear loved one did I mention general grants
Last Line: I sent my love to you and all your folks
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 12, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear wife and bosom friend I hat seen hart
Last Line: We leave our arms and some come cleare acrost
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 13. JUNE 6/63 CAMP SE OF VICKSBURG, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear cecelia well its shel and shel and
Last Line: Or wether I dont get them in this plase
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 14. JUNE 12/63 CAMP REAR VICKSBURG, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear cecelia we hav hat some warm times
Last Line: What I want -- nothing -- if it aint by vote
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 15, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Some boys ar playing cards but I dont feal
Last Line: To bury aney stinking copy corps we shoot them
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 16. JULY 24, 1863 MILLIKENS BEND LA., by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear and most loved wife it is with pleasure
Last Line: Way I gess hes gone with grant to georgy
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 17., by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear and mutch loved one with pleasure I take
Last Line: A furlow and come home -- goodby -- john blood
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 18. BERWICK LA. OCT 2ND 1863, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Mrs. Blood. Dear madam, yours of sept. 13
Last Line: But o alas! In life we are in death
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Typhoid Fever; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 2. MAY THE 7/63, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear woman I was glat to hear from you
Last Line: And I my cap for witch I thank the lord
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 3, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: We left the river seven days ago
Last Line: Helpt ourselfs to other things we wanted
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 4. MAY THE 8/63, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear woman I again take pen in hand
Last Line: Road -- the male mule is here -- goodby -- john blood
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 5. MAY THE 17/63, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear woman I am sor a littel bit
Last Line: The ground and wept as close as posable
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 6, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear wife I feal prety rested now
Last Line: Of my own and ran - not knowing wher I went
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 7, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear wife and friend I dozed but now will try
Last Line: And said our men wer going down like flys
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 8, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: I went with general logans men an we
Last Line: Steped over deat and wounded thick as sheep
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LETTERS FROM VICKSBURG: 9. MAY THE 27/63 AT VICKSBURG, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear wife and friend I hav not mutch to write
Last Line: My love to you -- my sheat has no mor room
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LINCOLN, by DELMORE SCHWARTZ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Manic-depressive lincoln, national hero!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Capitalism; Social Commentaries; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)


LINCOLN AT GETTYSBURG, by MARY MATHEWS ADAMS    Poem Source                
First Line: A nation's voice, a nation's praise
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History


LINCOLN, THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE, by EDWIN MARKHAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the norn mother saw the whirlwind hour
Last Line: And leaves a lonesome place against the sky.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Patriotism; Presidents, United States; Religion; United States - History; Theology


LINES AROUND PETERSBURG, by SAMUEL DAVIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh, silence, silence! Now, when night is near
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LINES ON THE BACK OF A CONFEDERATE NOTE, by SAMUEL ALROY JONAS    Poem Text                
First Line: Representing nothing on god's earth now
Last Line: Like our hope of success it has passed.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Patriotism; United States - History; Confederacy


LINES UPON THE DEATH OF CHARLEY DU BIGNON, by MARY TUCKER LAMBERT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The years of manhood had not tinged
Last Line: The laurel wreath of fame.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tucker, Mary Eliza Perine
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Soldiers; United States - History; Dead, The


LITTLE GIFFEN, by FRANCIS ORRERY TICKNOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Out of the focal and foremost fire
Last Line: "for ""little giffen,"" of tennessee."
Variant Title(s): Little Giffen Of Tennessee
Subject(s): American Civil War; Giffen, Isaac Newton (1847-1865); Heroism; Murfreesboro, Battle Of (1862); Patriotism; United States - History; Giffen, Isaac; Heroes; Heroines


LITTLE SOLDIER, by JAMES LYMAN MOLLOY    Poem Source                
First Line: When I'm big I'll be a soldier ...'
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LOGAN AT PEACH TREE CREEK; A VETERAN'S STORY [JULY 20, 1864], by HAMLIN GARLAND    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You know that day at peach tree creek
Last Line: As on the day mcpherson died.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Atlanta Campaign (1864); Logan, John Alexander (1826-1886); Mcpherson, James Birdseye (1828-1864); United States - History


LOOK-OUT MOUNTAIN; THE NIGHT FIGHT (NOVEMBER, 1863), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who inhabiteth the mountain
Last Line: They are fortified in right.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lookout Mountain, Battle Of (1863); U.s. - History


LORENA, by HENRY CLINTON WEBSTER    Poem Text                
First Line: The years creep slowly by, lorena
Last Line: But there, up there, 'tis heart to heart.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


LYON, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some hearts there are of deeper sort
Last Line: Where prophets now and armies greet pale lyon.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Springfield, Missouri, Battle Of (1861); U.s. - History


MADISON COUNTY: 1864, by RON RASH    Poem Source                
First Line: No civil war could be fought
Last Line: If you die, die like a dog, %your teeth in somebody's throat
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; U.s. - History


MAGNANIMITY BAFFLED, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sharp words we had before the fight
Last Line: He snatched it -- it was dead.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


MALVERN HILL, by ELIZABETH STUART PHELPS WARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Was there ever message sweeter
Last Line: Wishing they'd been better men?
Alternate Author Name(s): Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart; Phelps, Mary Gray
Variant Title(s): A Message
Subject(s): American Civil War; Malvern Hill, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


MALVERN HILL [JULY 1, 1862], by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye elms that wave on malvern hill
Last Line: Leaves must be green in spring.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Malvern Hill, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


MANASSAS [JULY 21, 1861], by CATHERINE ANNE WARFIELD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They have met at last - as storm-clouds
Last Line: At manassas.
Alternate Author Name(s): Warfield, Catherine M.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Manassas, Batlle Of; Declaration Day


MANHATTAN ARMING, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: First o songs for a prelude
Last Line: But now you smile with joy exulting old mannahatta.
Variant Title(s): Drum-taps
Subject(s): American Civil War; New York City - 19th Century; Soldiers; United States - History


MARCH, by BAYARD TAYLOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With rushing winds and gloomy skies
Last Line: "march!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): American Civil War; Seasons; U.s. - History


MARCH OF THE DEATHLESS DEAD, by ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gather the sacred dust
Last Line: Together still shall sleep.
Variant Title(s): Lines Respectfully Inscribed To The Ladies Memorial As'n
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History; Confederacy


MARCHING THROUGH GEORGIA, by HENRY CLAY WORK    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Bring the good old bugle boys, we'll sing another song
Last Line: While we were marching through georgia.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Georgia (state); Holidays; Memorial Day; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History; Declaration Day


MARTHY VIRGINIA'S HAND [SEPTEMBER 17, 1862], by GEORGE PARSONS LATHROP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There, on the left!' said the colonel; the battle had shuddered
Last Line: See! There is lifted the hand of a baby -- marthy virginia's hand!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Antietam, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


MARY TODD LINCOLN AT FORD'S THEATRE, by SUSAN TERRIS    Poem Source                
First Line: So I said no, no more dramas like these with pieces of my flesh
Last Line: Let me, too, be freed from myself and from this killing darkness
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; Death; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History; Violence


MELT THE BELLS, by F. V. ROCKETT    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


MEMORIAL DAY, by FRANCES FREEMAN TAYLOR    Poem Text                
First Line: The blue and the gray and the olive-drab
Last Line: The olive-drab, the blue and the gray.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; U.s. - History; Declaration Day


MEMORLAE POSITUM; R. G. S., by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beneath the trees
Last Line: And die as thine have done!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


MEN, by MAURICE BELL    Poem Source                
First Line: In the dusk of the forest shade
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


MEN OF THE NORTH, by JOHN NEAL    Poem Text                
First Line: Men of the north, look up!
Last Line: Upon our haughty foe!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; U.s. - History; Declaration Day


MIRANDA'S SUPPER (VIRGINIA, 1866), by ELINOR WYLIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Between the solemn portico's
Last Line: Nothing is lost! Nothing is lost!
Alternate Author Name(s): Benet, William Rose, Mrs.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


MISGIVINGS (1860), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When ocean-clouds over inland hills
Last Line: The hemlock shakes in the rafter, the oak in the driving keel.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


MISSING, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: In the cool, sweet hush of a wooded nook
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


MORGAN'S MEN, by WILLIAM ASPENWALL BRADLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O you who ride so hot along the creek, who may you be?
Subject(s): Morgan's Raid (1863); American Civil War; Morgan, John Hunt (1825-1864)


MOSBY AT HAMILTON, by MADISON JULIUS CAWEIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Down loudon lanes, with swinging reins
Last Line: She would not scorn to bury.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mosby, John Singleton (1833-1916); United States - History


MOTION WE CANNOT SEE, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: We found the path somewhat as it had been
Last Line: Though it bears our blood almost forever
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


MOVE ON THE COLUMNS! WHY DELAY?, by WILLIAM DAVIS GALLAGHER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


MUMFORD: THE MARTYR OF NEW ORLEANS, by INA MARIE PORTER    Poem Text                
First Line: Where murdered mumford lies
Last Line: Our colors wave.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Capital Punishment; Mumford, William B.; New Orleans, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


MY AUTUMN WALK, by WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On woodlands ruddy with autumn
Last Line: Roslyn, october, 1'64.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


MY MARYLAND, by JAMES RYDER RANDALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The despot's heel is on thy shore
Last Line: Maryland, my maryland!
Variant Title(s): Maryland! My Maryland;maryland
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Maryland; Patriotism; State Rights; United States - History; Liberty; Secession


MY MOTHER-LAND, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother-land! Thou wert the first to fling
Last Line: A prelude and a prophecy combined!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Fort Sumter, South Carolina; United States - History; Confederacy


MY OWN LITTLE CIVIL WAR, by CHARLES PENZEL WRIGHT JR.    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I come from the only county in tennessee that did not secede
Last Line: And half the weight and half-life %of a half-healed and hurting world
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, Charles
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; Military Service, Compulsory; Soldiers' Writings; U.s. - History


MY WARRIOR BOY, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Thou hast gone forth, my darling one
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


NEVER OR NOW; AN APPEAL, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Listen, young heroes! Your country is calling!
Last Line: Hear the last angel-trump, -- never or now!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


NEW DIXIE, by MARIA LOUISA EVE    Poem Source                
First Line: I wish I was in the land of cotton
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


NEW YEAR'S EVE, by F. A. BARTLESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Tis twelve o'clock! Within my prison dreary
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


NEWPORT NEWS, by CINCINNATUS HEINE MILLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The huge sea monster, the 'merrimac'
Last Line: And that is the picture of newport news.
Alternate Author Name(s): Miller, Joaquin
Subject(s): American Civil War; Monitor (ship); Newport News, Virginia; Sea Battles; U.s. - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


NIGHT AT GETTYSBURG, by DON. C. SEITZ    Poem Source                
First Line: By day golgotha sleeps, but when night comes
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Holidays; U.s. - History


NO LAND LIKE OURS, by J. R. BARRICK    Poem Source                
First Line: Though other lands may boast of skies
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


NORTHWARD, by JOHN MILTON HAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Under the high unclouded sun
Last Line: In dalliance deck the bridal bower.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Key West, Florida; United States - History


NOT THE PILOT, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship to port
Last Line: For a battle-call, rousing to arms if need be, years, centuries hence.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


NOT YET, by WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O country, marvel of the earth!
Last Line: Writes, in men's sight, the answer, no!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: O captain! My captain! Our fearful trip is done
Last Line: Fallen cold and dead.
Variant Title(s): On The Death Of President Lincoln;my Captain;to Abraham Lincoln;on Lincoln
Subject(s): American Civil War; Assassination; Freedom; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Loss; Patriotism; Presidents, United States; Sea; United States - History; Liberty; Ocean


O, TEMPORA! O, MORES!, by JOHN DICKSON BURNS    Poem Source                
First Line: Great pan is dead!' so cried an airy tongue
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


OBSEQUIES OF STUART, by JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We could not pause, while yet the noontide air
Last Line: In victory careering!
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, John Randolph
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cavalry; Stuart, James Ewell (jeb) (1833-1864); U.s. - History; Wilderness Campaign (1864)


ODE (IN HONOR OF THE BRAVERY AND SACRIFICES OF SOLDIERS OF THE SOUTH), by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With bayonets slanted in the glittering sun
Last Line: Across those lonely desolated graves!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Courage; Soldiers; United States - History; Confederacy; Valor; Bravery


ODE FOR DECORATION DAY, by HENRY PETERSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Bring flowers, to strew again
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; U.s. - History


ODE TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD, by JOHN ORLEY ALLEN TATE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Row after row with strict impunity
Alternate Author Name(s): Tate, Allen
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cemeteries; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Graveyards; Confederacy


ODE TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD, by JOHN ORLEY ALLEN TATE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Row after row with strict impunity
Last Line: Riots with his tongue through the hush- %sentinel of the grave who counts us all!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tate, Allen
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cemeteries; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History


ODE TO THE DODGER DEAD, by LEIGH PALMER    Poem Source                
First Line: Our clothesline parallels the union line
Last Line: The lion's corpse becomes a honeycomb
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; Death; Graves; Soldiers; U.s. - History; War - Casualties (statistics, Etc.)


ODE: OUR CITY BY THE SEA, by WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Our city by the sea
Last Line: To his temple let us throng -- %praise and pray
Subject(s): American Civil War; Courage; Heroism; Soldiers; U.s. - History


ODE; SUNG BY THE CHILDREN OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, by W. T. ADAMS    Poem Text                
First Line: No more the cannon peal
Last Line: And deathless fame.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Fame; Monuments; United States - History; Dead, The; Reputation


OH, NO, HE'LL NOT NEED THEM AGAIN, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


OLD HOUSE, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: We called her ghost
Last Line: Caught up in brambles underneath the boughs
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


OLD OSAWATOMIE, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: John brown's body under the morning stars
Last Line: On a six-foot stage of dust.
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; U.s. - History; Anti-slavery; Serfs


OLD WAR-DREAMS, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In midnight sleep of many a face of anguish
Last Line: I dream, I dream, I dream.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Dreams; United States - History; Nightmares


ON A NATURAL MONUMENT IN A FIELD OF GEORGIA, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No trophy this - a stone unhewn
Last Line: This healing sleep alone was sure.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cemeteries; U.s. - History; Graveyards


ON BOARD THE CUMBERLAND, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Stand to your guns, men!' morris cried
Last Line: For those beneath the wave!
Variant Title(s): Attack Of The Cumberland
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cumberland (ship); Hampton Roads, Virginia; Morris, George Upham; Sea Battles; United States - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


ON FORT SUMTER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: It was a noble roman
Last Line: "who says with 'southern daring,' / 'I'll find a way, or make it!'"
Subject(s): "american Civil War;confederate States Of America;fort Sumter, South Carolina;u.s. - History;" Confederacy


ON SEEING A PHOTOGRAPH BY MATTHEW BRADY, by MILLER WILLIAMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In 1863 whole towns %carried luches to hillsides
Last Line: A war too far for us to say %which are kin. All could as well %be kin for all that we can tell
Subject(s): American Civil War; Brady, Matthew (1823-1896); U.s. - History


ON SHERMAN'S MEN; WHO FELL IN THE ASSAULT KENESAW MOUNTAIN, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They said that fame her clarion dropped
Last Line: And gentler hearts are bared to deadlier war.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Kenesaw Mountain, Battle Of; U.s. - History


ON THE DEATH OF JACKSON, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Not where the battle red
Last Line: "and this your battle-cry, / 'jackson and victory'"
Subject(s): "alexandria, Virginia;american Civil War;ellsworth, Elmer Ephraim (1837-18610;u.s. - History;


ON THE GRAVE, OF A YOUNG CAVALRY OFFICER, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beauty and youth, with manners sweet, and friends
Last Line: His happier fortune in this mound you see.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Graves; U.s. - History; Tombs; Tombstones


ON THE HEIGHTS OF MISSION RIDGE, by J. AUGUSTINE SIGNAIGO    Poem Source                
First Line: When the foes in conflict heated
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ON THE HOME GUARDS; WHO PERISHED ... LEXINGTON, MISSOURI, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The men who here in harness died
Last Line: Hearts sore beset, which died at bay.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; United States - History


ON THE MEN OF MAINE KILLED IN VICTORY OF BATON ROUGE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Afar they fell. It was the zone
Last Line: The republic's earnest faith and courage high.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Baton Rouge, Battle Of; U.s. - History


ON THE PHOTOGRAPH OF A CORPS COMMANDER, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ay, man is manly. Here you see
Last Line: And feel the bonds that draw.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ON THE SLAIN AT CHICKAMAUGA, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy are they and charmed in life
Last Line: Make this memorial due.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chickamauga, Battle Of (1863); Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


ON THE SLAIN COLLEGIANS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Youth is the time when hearts are large
Last Line: And kill them in their flush of bloom.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History; Youth


ON TO RICHMOND, by JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Major general scott / an order had got
Last Line: Was that pleasant excursion to richmond.
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, John Randolph
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History; Manassas, Batlle Of; Confederacy


ONLY A PRIVATE, by F. W. D.    Poem Source                
First Line: Only a private! His jacket of gray
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ONLY A PRIVATE, by MARGARET JUNKIN PRESTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Only a private - and who will care
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ONLY ONE KILLED - IN COMPANY B, by JULIA L. KEYES    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


OUR CHRISTMAS HYMN, by JOHN DICKSON BRUNS    Poem Source                
First Line: Good will and peace! Peace and good will!'
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD, by MORTON BRYAN WHARTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Unknown to me, brave boy, but still I wreathe
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


OUR COUNTRY'S CALL, by WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lay down the axe; fling by the spade
Last Line: And glorious must their triumph be.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Military Service, Voluntary; Patriotism; United States - History


OUR DEAD HEROES, by MORTON BRYAN WHARTON    Poem Source                
First Line: The angels above us hover
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); U.s. - History


OUR DEPARTED COMRADES, by J. MARION SHIRER    Poem Source                
First Line: I am sitting alone by a fire
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


OUR FALLEN BRAVE, by CORNELIA J. M. JORDAN    Poem Text                
First Line: They fell! In freedom's cause they fell
Last Line: Our fallen and our free.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Death; Freedom; Love; United States - History; Confederacy; Dead, The; Liberty


OUR FLAG, SELS., by T. H. UNDERWOOD    Poem Source                
First Line: I heard the furious stamping of a heel
Last Line: As royally as lies the noblest clay
Subject(s): American Civil War; Life; Pain; Slavery; U.s. - History


OUR LEFT', by FRANCIS ORRERY TICKNOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From dawn to dark they stood
Last Line: "your all upon ""our left."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; United States - History; Manassas, Batlle Of


OUR MARTYRS, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am sitting alone and weary
Last Line: May rise to the calm of thine.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Confederacy


OUR PRIVILEGE, by FRANCIS BRET HARTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not ours, where battle-smoke upcurls
Last Line: With valor's clashing steel.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harte, Bret
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


OUT AND FIGHT, by CHARLES GODFREY LELAND    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Out and fight! The clouds are breaking
Last Line: Be extinguished from the land.
Alternate Author Name(s): Breitmann, Hans
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; United States - History


OUT OF RANGE, by DANIEL RAY CAMPION    Poem Source                
First Line: You wouldn't keep the books you'd packed for long
Last Line: Beneath the vague and barren shade outside
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army Life; Soldiers; U.s. - History; War


OUTSIDE CONNECTICUT HOSPICE WITH MY FATHER, by VIVIAN SHIPLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: The silence between us has softened
Last Line: My heart, you start it beating again
Variant Title(s): With My Father Outside The West Wing Of Hospic
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; U.s. - History


OVER THE RIVER, by JANE T. H. CROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: We hail your 'stripes' and lessened 'stars,'
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


PALMETTO PICTURES, SELS., by VOLNEY HICKOX    Poem Source                
First Line: Beautiful land, where the bountiful sun
Last Line: This is the land that his servants shall win -- %liberty's eden from slavery's rod
Subject(s): American Civil War; Emancipation Movement And Proclamation; Southern States; U.s. - History


PALMYRA: OCTOBER 18, 1862, by CAROLINE COLLINS    Poem Source                
First Line: Missouri: dark wind in the trees
Last Line: Renegade, unrepentant, unforgiving
Subject(s): American Civil War; Capital Punishment; Crime And Criminals; Fights; Military Service, Voluntary; Soldiers; U.s. - History; Violence


PARDON, by JULIA WARD HOWE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Pains the sharp sentence
Last Line: Greatest, forgive!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Assassination; Booth, John Wilkes (1838-1865); Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; United States - History


PARTING HYMN; 'DUNDEE', by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Father of mercies, heavenly friend
Last Line: Rule thou our throneless land!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Prayer; United States - History


PASSING OF THE ARMIES; JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN, 1865, by JOHN BURT    Poem Source                
First Line: He was at falling waters in a dream
Last Line: Ahead lay washington, half swamp, half shrine
Subject(s): American Civil War; Appomattox, Virginia; Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence (1828-1914); U.s. - History


PEACE, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O land, of every land the best
Last Line: They gained a better peace than ours.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Peace; United States - History


PEACE, by ADELINE DUTTON (TRAIN) WHITNEY    Poem Text                
First Line: Daybreak upon the hills!
Last Line: On the right hand and left!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Peace; U.s. - History


PHANTOM HOST, by PERONNEAN D. HAY    Poem Source                
First Line: My form was wrapped in the slumber
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


PICCIOLA, by ROBERT HENRY NEWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was a sergeant old and gray
Last Line: That trembles first when earth is shaken.
Alternate Author Name(s): Kerr, Orpheus
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History; War


PICCIOLA, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: It was a sergeant old and gray
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


PILGRIMAGE, by NATASHA TRETHEWEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here, the mississippi carved
Subject(s): Vicksburg, Mississippi; American Civil War


POEM, READ THE SOLDIERS' WELCOME, FRANKLIN, NEW YORK, AUG. 5, 1865, by B. H. BARNES    Poem Text                
First Line: The heroes of a hundred fields
Last Line: For peace and liberty!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Homecoming; Life; Soldiers; United States - History; Dead, The


POETIC HISTORY OF THE 7TH IOWA REGIMENT: ARRIVED AT CAMP MONTGOMERY, by GEORGE S. RUTHERFORD    Poem Text                
First Line: Arrived in good season at our journey's end
Last Line: Whose tribe was assembled through this rebels advice.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army Life; U.s. - History; Drills & Minor Tactics


POETIC HISTORY OF THE 7TH IOWA REGIMENT: BATTLE OF SHILOH, by GEORGE S. RUTHERFORD    Poem Text                
First Line: Soon war-clouds o'ershadowed this place of delight
Last Line: And the rattle of hailstones completed the blast.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Shiloh, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


POETIC HISTORY OF THE 7TH IOWA REGIMENT: MARCH TO CAMP MONTGOMERY, by GEORGE S. RUTHERFORD    Poem Text                
First Line: Again we have orders, from high sources to march
Last Line: We completed this journey of four or five miles.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Camping; U.s. - History; Walking; Camps; Summer Camps


POETIC HISTORY OF THE 7TH IOWA REGIMENT: SECOND DAY'S BATTLE, by GEORGE S. RUTHERFORD    Poem Text                
First Line: The army of buell came forth with the light
Last Line: A little good water while they might remain.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Shiloh, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


POETIC HISTORY OF THE 7TH IOWA REGIMENT: TRIP TO PITTSBURG LANDING, by GEORGE S. RUTHERFORD    Poem Text                
First Line: Again our good regiment got under way
Last Line: From sweet smelling blossoms the north has in june.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


POND, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Downcast thermometers record one truth
Last Line: The mind ghosting out in a shoal of stars
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


PRAYER FOR PEACE, by S. TEACKLE WALLIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Peace! Peace! God of our fathers grant us peace
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


PRESENTATION TO AUTHORITIES BY PRIVATES, OF COLORS CAPTURED, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: These flags of armies overthrown
Last Line: To waiting homes with vindicated laws.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Flags - Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History


PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S BURIAL HYMN, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd
Last Line: There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim.
Variant Title(s): When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloomed
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Flowers; Grief; Lilacs; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Loss; Mourning; Patriotism; Presidents, United States; United States - History; United States; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Bereavement; America


PRO MEMORIA, by INA MARIE PORTER    Poem Source                
First Line: Lo! The southland queen, emerging
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


PROGRESSION; OR, THE SOUTH DEFENDED: SLAVERY, by MARY SOPHIE SHAW HOMES    Poem Text                
First Line: The book of books we confidently quote
Last Line: Gainst wild fanaticism's fickle laws.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mayfield, Millie
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bible; Cruelty; Slavery; Southern States; United States - History; Serfs; South (u.s.)


PROMETHEUS VINCTUS, by FANNY DOWNING    Poem Source                
First Line: Prometheus on the cold rock bound
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


PROMISES: 2. COURT-MARTIAL, by ROBERT PENN WARREN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Under the cedar tree
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lynching; Confederate States Of America; Soldiers; Veterans; Ancestors & Ancestry; Confederacy; Heritage; Heredity


PROPHECY OF THE DEAD, by AMANDA THEODOSIA JONES    Poem Source                
First Line: Is the groaning earth stabbed to its core?
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


PUT IT THROUGH, by EDWARD EVERETT HALE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, freeman of the land
Last Line: Put it through!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


QUANTRILL'S RAID; LAWRENCE, KANSAS, AUGUST 21, 1863, by JAMES IRVIN MAGORIAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Nothing out of the ordinary
Last Line: A cat befuddled by the approaching horsemen
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fights; Soldiers; U.s. - History


RACE OF VETERANS, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Race of veterans - race of victors!
Last Line: Race of passion and the storm.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


RAPPAHANNOCK ARMY SONG, by JOHN C. MCLEMORE    Poem Source                
First Line: The toil of the march is over
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


RAT HELL; LT. MITCHELL, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: The winter of 1863 and 4
Last Line: And carried back, still moaning in my dreams
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


READY, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Loaded with gallant soldiers
Last Line: Who was fitter to die than he!
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Sailing & Sailors; United States - History; Seamen; Sails


REBEL COLOR-BEARERS AT SHILOH, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The color-bearers facing death
Last Line: And think how grant met lee.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Shiloh, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


REBEL SOLDIER KILLED IN THE TRENCHES BEFORE PETERSBURG, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Killed in the trenches! How cold and bare
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


RECONCILIATION, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Word over all, beautiful as the sky
Last Line: Bend down and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


RELIEVING GUARD, by FRANCIS BRET HARTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Came the relief. 'what, sentry, ho!'
Last Line: "somewhere had just relieved a picket."
Alternate Author Name(s): Harte, Bret
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


REPLANTING THE PEACH ORCHARD, by RONALD E. MCFARLAND    Poem Source                
First Line: The way blood flowed and flesh
Last Line: Larry's pockets bulged with lead
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; Death; Fights; Military; U.s. - History; Violence; War - Casualties (statistics, Etc.)


RETURNED BATTLE FLAGS, by MOSES OWEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Nothing but flags, but simple flags
Subject(s): American Civil War; Flags - United States; U.s. - History


RETURNED FROM THE WAR, by HENRY ABBEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Shrouded by his country's flag
Last Line: He was all the world to her.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Grief; Marriage; United States - History; Sorrow; Sadness; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


RIDING WITH KILPATRICK, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dawn peered through the pines as we dashed
Last Line: Those who rode with kilpatrick can never forget!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cavalry; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Kilpatrick, Hugh Judson (1836-1881); U.s. - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


ROBERT E. LEE, by JULIA WARD HOWE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A gallant foeman in the fight
Last Line: We honor thee, virginia's son.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); United States - History


ROOT, ABE, OR DIE (DERIVED FROM THE SONG ROOT HOG OR DIE), by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: The dutch came to missouri, as well you all do know
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


ROVING REBEL, by D. F. LEMARR    Poem Source                
First Line: I left my home in virginia
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


RUNNING THE BATTERIES, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A moonless night - a friendly one
Last Line: So porter proves himself a brave man's son.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Navy - United States; Patriotism; United States - History; Vicksburg Campaign (1862-63); American Navy


RUNNING THE BLOCKADE, by WILL WALLACE HARNEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Hove in the stays, she lay
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SAM DAVIS, by JOHN TROTWOOD MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell me his name and you are free
Last Line: Who dies to save an enemy!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Davis, Samuel (1842-1863); Heroism; Loyalty; Soldiers; U.s. - History; Heroes; Heroines


SAVANNAH, by ALETHEA S. BURROUGHS    Poem Text                
First Line: Thou hast not drooped thy stately head
Last Line: Savannah! O savannah!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Savannah, Georgia; United States - History


SCENE IN A COUNTRY HOSPITAL, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here, lonely, wounded and apart
Last Line: Thank heaven! This -- all -- ends with me soon.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hospitals; United States - History


SCOTT AND THE VETERAN, by BAYARD TAYLOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: An old and crippled veteran to the war department
Last Line: "my soul would go to washington's, and not to arnold's place!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; Scott, Winfield (1786-1866); U.s. - History


SEA-WEEDS, by ANNIE CHAMBERS KETCHUM    Poem Source                
First Line: Friend of the thoughtful mind and gentle heart
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SECESSION, by T. A. R. NELSON    Poem Text                
First Line: What pen can trace, with just impression
Last Line: "be ""damned to everlasting fame!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Nelson, Thomas A. R.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Fame; State Rights; U.s. - History; Confederacy; Reputation; Secession


SENDING SPRING NORTH TO GLENN MCKEE IN MAINE, by DORY L. HUDSPETH    Poem Source                
First Line: They say spring marches
Last Line: Under a pearl-gray sky
Subject(s): American Civil War; Military; Soldiers; U.s. - History


SHENANDOAH, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the shenandoah valley, one rider grey and one rider blue, and
Last Line: Heads of a rider blue and a rider gray in the shenandoah.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; U.s. - History


SHERIDAN AT CEDAR CREEK, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Shoe the steed with silver
Last Line: Where the nameless followers sleep.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cedar Creek, Battle Of (1864); Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888); United States - History


SHERIDAN'S MARCH TO THE SEA, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TAYLOR    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh, hour supreme, of, deed sublime
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888); U.s. - History


SHERIDAN'S RIDE [DECEMBER 19, 1864], by THOMAS BUCHANAN READ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Up from the south, at break of day
Last Line: "from winchester, -- twenty miles away!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Animals; Cedar Creek, Battle Of (1864); Courage; Holidays; Memorial Day; Patriotism; Sheridan, Philip Henry (1831-1888); United States - History; War; Valor; Bravery; Declaration Day


SHERMAN'S IN SAVANNAH [DECEMBER 22, 1864], by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the tribes of israel
Last Line: As it crowns savannah!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Savannah, Georgia; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History


SHERMAN'S MARCH TO THE SEA, by SAMUEL HAWKINS MARSHALL BYERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Our camp-fires shone bright on the mountain
Last Line: When sherman marched down to the sea.
Variant Title(s): Song Of Sherman's March To The Sea
Subject(s): American Civil War; Georgia (state); Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History


SHILOH; A REQUIEM, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Skimming lightly, wheeling still
Last Line: And all is hushed at shiloh.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; Shiloh, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


SHOP AND FREEDOM, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Though with the north we sympathize
Last Line: "free trade, or sable brothers free? / oh, will we choose the latter"
Subject(s): American Civil War;free Trade;great Britain - Foreign Relations;u.s. - History


SHORT RATIONS, by GEORGE PALMER GARRETT JR.    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Toomer porter (my kinsman)
Last Line: Would have been pure luxury
Alternate Author Name(s): Garrett, George
Subject(s): American Civil War; Military; Soldiers; U.s. - History; War


SHOT THROUGH THE HEART', by INA MARIE PORTER    Poem Source                
First Line: Across the brown and wintry morn
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SILENT MARCH, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SIOUX SONGS: HARVEST, by AGNES KENDRICK GRAY    Poem Text                
First Line: Only the seasons and the years invade
Last Line: The youth that bled beside these old stone walls.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); United States - History; War; Gettysburg, Battle Of


SIOUX SONGS: ROCKS, by AGNES KENDRICK GRAY    Poem Text                
First Line: Among these jagged rocks, whose height commands
Last Line: At bay among these rocks, or charged this wood?
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); United States - History; War; Gettysburg, Battle Of


SIOUX SONGS: THE BATTLE, by AGNES KENDRICK GRAY    Poem Text                
First Line: Three times the sun rose while the battle held
Last Line: There lay the shadow of that agony.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); United States - History; War; Gettysburg, Battle Of


SIOUX SONGS: THE CEMETERY, by AGNES KENDRICK GRAY    Poem Text                
First Line: Here lincoln stood, in strong simplicity
Last Line: And gave himself, these graves, this land, to god.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); United States - History; War; Gettysburg, Battle Of


SLED BURIAL, DREAM CEREMONY, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: While the south rains, the north
Subject(s): American Civil War; Funerals; United States - History; Burials


SLED BURIAL, DREAM CEREMONY, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: While the south rains, the north
Last Line: On utter foreignness, before he fills and sails down
Subject(s): American Civil War; Funerals; U.s. - History


SOJOURNERS; LT. MITCHELL, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Someone told me that mankind always moves
Last Line: His men were hungary too, quite a little
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


SOLDIER IN THE RAIN, by JULIA L. KEYES    Poem Source                
First Line: Ah me! The rain has a sadder sound
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SOLDIER'S AMEN, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: As a couple of good soldiers were walking one day
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SOLDIERS, APPOMATTOX, by KEVIN MCFADDEN    Poem Source                
First Line: They do a fine job at the court house, walking the line
Last Line: Permission to drum and dutifully die. Granted. Fall in
Subject(s): American Civil War; Civil War; Military Service, Compulsory; Soldiers; U.s. - History


SOMEBODY'S FATHER, by EFFIE WALLER SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas after the battle of gettysburg
Last Line: "july 3, '63."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Fathers; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History; Dead, The; Gettysburg, Battle Of


SONG OF IRON, SELS., by KANE O'DONNEL    Poem Source                
First Line: O'er flaming, roaring forges
Last Line: Hurrah! The brand of freedom, %the iron arm of god!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Industry; Singing And Singers; Slavery; U.s. - History


SONG OF OUR GLORIOUS SOUTHLAND, by MARY WARE    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh, sing of our glorious southland
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SONG OF SLAVES, SELS., by KANE O'DONNEL    Poem Source                
First Line: Hang thy sword upon the wall
Last Line: As cowards on their father's graves, %and slaves, slaves all
Subject(s): American Civil War; Slavery; U.s. - History


SONG OF THE EXILE, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh! Here I am in the land of cotton
Last Line: Fight away, fight away, fight away for %dixie's land
Subject(s): American Civil War; Flags - United States; Independence; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Patriotism; Presidents, United States; U.s. - History


SONG OF THE POWERS, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Mine, said the stone
Last Line: They all end alone %as you will, you will
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


SONG OF THE TEXAS RANGERS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: The morning star is paling
Subject(s): American Civil War; Texas Rangers; U.s. - History


SONNET: ELLIOTT IN FORT SUMTER, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And high amongst these chiefs of iron grain
Last Line: Confer an antique immortality!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fort Sumter, South Carolina; United States - History


SONNET: ON THE CHIVALRY OF THE PRESENT TIME, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah! Foolish souls and false! Who loudly cried
Last Line: Who had not shunned earth's haughtiest chivalry.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chivalry; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Confederacy


SOUTHERN DEAD, by MORTON BRYAN WHARTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Where are the men who at the call
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SOUTHERN HOMES IN RUIN, by R. B. VANCE    Poem Source                
First Line: Many a gray-haired sire has died
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


SOUTHERN REPUBLIC, by OLIVIA THOMAS    Poem Source                
First Line: In the galaxy of nations
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History


SPIRIT WHOSE WORK IS DONE (WASHINGTON CITY, 1865), by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Spirit whose work is done -- spirit of dreadful hours!
Last Line: Let them identify you to the future in these songs.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


SPRING [IN WAR-TIME], by HENRY TIMROD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Spring, with that nameless pathos in the air
Last Line: "behold me! I am may!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Nature; South Carolina; Spring; United States - History


STONEWALL JACKSON, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The fashions and the forms of men decay
Last Line: To know the long fruition of the just!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); United States - History


STONEWALL JACKSON (ASCRIBED TO A VIRGINIAN), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One man we claim of wrought renown
Last Line: "and he fell in the south's great war."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); U.s. - History


STONEWALL JACKSON'S WAY, by JOHN WILLIAMSON PALMER    Poem Text                
First Line: Come, stack arms, men! Pile on the rails
Last Line: That gets in stonewall's way.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); Patriotism; United States - History


STONEWALL JACKSON; MORTALLY WOUNDED AT CHANCELLORSVILLE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The man who fiercest charged in fight
Last Line: Because no wreath we owe.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); United States - History


STONEWALL'S REQUIEM, by M. DEEVES    Poem Source                
First Line: The muffled drum is beating
Subject(s): American Civil War; Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); U.s. - History


STORM; PROVINCETOWN, by JENNIFER ROSE    Poem Source                
First Line: Last night's rain fell as thick as gettysburg's volleys
Last Line: How the bell and foghorn learn each other's language
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Heroism; Military; Soldiers; U.s. - History; War - Casualties (statistics, Etc.)


STUART, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A cup of your potent 'mountain dew'
Last Line: "ay, you and I shall be there."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Stuart, James Ewell (jeb) (1833-1864); United States - History


SUMMER OF LOVE, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: I went to sea in the summer of love
Last Line: And we would never lose
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


SUMTER, by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So they will have it!
Last Line: On with the cannon!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fort Sumter, South Carolina; Patriotism; United States - History


SUMTER - A BALLAD OF 1861, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Twas on the twelfth of april
Last Line: "our soil's redeemed from hateful yoke, / we'll keep it pure or die"
Subject(s): "american Civil War;confederate States Of America;fort Sumter, South Carolina;u.s. - History;" Confederacy


SUMTER [APRIL 12, 1861], by EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Came the morning of that day / when the god to whom we pray
Last Line: For the sin!
Variant Title(s): The Twelfth Of April
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fort Sumter, South Carolina; United States - History


TARDY GEORGE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "what are you waiting for, george, I pray?"
Last Line: "but to drill and cypher, and hammer and forge - / what are you waiting for, tardy george?"
Subject(s): "american Civil War;mcclellan, George Brinton (1826-1885);u.s. - History;


THE 'VARUNA', by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who has not heard of the dauntless varuna
Last Line: Oh! For the dead let us all kneel to pray!
Subject(s): American Civil War; New Orleans, Battle Of (1862); United States - History; Varuna (ship)


THE ADVANCE GUARD, by JOHN MILTON HAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the dream of the northern poets
Last Line: And the battle of life be won.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE ALABAMA, by MAURICE BELL    Poem Text                
First Line: She has gone to the bottom! The wrath of the tide
Last Line: And the brave ship that bore him to glory!
Subject(s): Alabama (ship); American Civil War; Sea Battles; United States - History; Naval Warfare


THE ARMIES OF THE WILDERNESS (1863-4), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Like snows the camps on southern hills
Last Line: Of the funeral light.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History; Wilderness Campaign (1864)


THE ARSENAL AT SPRINGFIELD, by HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the arsenal. From floor to ceiling
Last Line: The holy melodies of love arise.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Peace; Springfield, Massachusetts; United States - History


THE ARTILLERYMAN'S VISION, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: While my wife at my side lies slumbering, and the wars are over long
Last Line: And bombs bursting in air, and at night the vari-color'd rockets.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army Life; United States - History; Drills & Minor Tactics


THE ATTACK, by THOMAS BUCHANAN READ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In hampton roads, the airs of march were bland
Last Line: She sank, thank god! Unsoiled by foot of traitor!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cumberland (ship); Hampton Roads, Virginia; Morris, George Upham; Sea Battles; U.s. - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


THE BALLAD OF CHICKAMAUGA [SEPTEMBER 19-20, 1863], by JAMES MAURICE THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: By chickamauga's crooked stream the martial trumpets blew
Last Line: As one old soldier's ballad borne on breath of battle-song.
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, Maurice
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chickamauga, Battle Of (1863); Thomas, George Henry (1816-1870); United States - History


THE BALLAD OF ISHMAEL DAY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: One summer morning a daring band
Last Line: His fame shall be fresh and young alway - / honor be to old I shmael day!
Subject(s): American Civil War;gettysburg Campaign (1863);u.s. - History; "gettysburg, Battle Of;


THE BALLAD OF NEW ORLEANS, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Just as the hour was darkest
Last Line: Were resting the will and the power.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870); New Orleans, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


THE BATTLE AUTUMN OF 1862, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The flags of war like storm-birds fly
Last Line: Ring peace and freedom in.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Autumn; Seasons; United States - History; Fall


THE BATTLE FOR THE BAY (AUGUST, 1864), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O mystery of noble hearts
Last Line: Because of the tecumseh's glorious deed.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870); Mobile Bay, Battle Of (1864); U.s. - History


THE BATTLE FOR THE MISSISSIPPI (APRIL, 1862), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When israel camped by migdol hoar,
Last Line: Who nobly yield their lives in this.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


THE BATTLE IN THE CLOUDS, by WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where the dews and the rains of heaven have their
Last Line: Chanting solemn music for the souls that passed below.
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lookout Mountain, Battle Of (1863); United States - History


THE BATTLE OF CHARLESTON HARBOR, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Two hours, or more, beyond the prime of a blithe april day
Last Line: And thou in clear-eyed faith hast seen god's angels near the guns!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Sumter, South Carolina; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


THE BATTLE OF LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN [NOVEMBER 24, 1863], by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Give me but two brigades,' said hooker, frowning at fortified lookout
Last Line: Standing, like demigods, in light and triumph upon their own lookout!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hooker, Joseph (1814-1879); Lookout Mountain, Battle Of (1863); United States - History


THE BATTLE OF MORRIS' ISLAND; A CHEERFUL TRAGEDY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: The morn was cloudy and dark and gray
Last Line: Look our for the battle that's yet to come / down there on morris' island
Subject(s): "american Civil War;anderson, Robert (1805-1871);fort Sumter, South Carolina;soldiers;u.s. - History;


THE BATTLE OF MURFREESBORO, by KINAHAN CORNWALLIS    Poem Text                
First Line: Ere murfreesboro's thunders rent the air
Last Line: Who fought so grandly, to their country true.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Murfreesboro, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


THE BATTLE-CRY OF FREEDOM, by GEORGE FREDERICK ROOT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, we'll rally round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again
Last Line: Shouting the battle-cry of freedom.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Patriotism; Soldiers; United States - History; Vicksburg Campaign (1862-63); Liberty


THE BATTLEFIELD: GETTYSBURG, by LLOYD MIFFLIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Those were the conquered, still too proud
Last Line: Gorged in the darkness in a single night!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


THE BAY FIGHT, by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Three days through sapphire seas we sailed
Last Line: The green were one wide grave.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mobile Bay, Battle Of (1864); Patriotism; Tennessee (ship); United States - History


THE BELLS OF ATLANTA (AN INCIDENT OF THE CIVIL WAR), by JOHN TROTWOOD MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Autumn sunset on atlanta painting banners / red of mars
Last Line: And the notes of drums are drownèd in thy melodies of peace.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Atlanta Campaign (1864); Soldiers; U.s. - History


THE BIGLOW PAPERS. 2D SERIES: 2. JONATHAN TO JOHN, by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It don't seem hardly right, john
Last Line: "may larn, like you an' me!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mason, James Murry (1798-1871); Patriotism; Slidell, John (1793-1871); United States - History; War


THE BIGLOW PAPERS. 2D SERIES: 4. A MESSAGE OF JEFF DAVIS ..., by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I sent you a messige, my friens, t' other day
Last Line: Consists in triumphantly gittin' away.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); United States - History; Confederacy


THE BLACK REGIMENT, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dark as the clouds of even
Last Line: Scorn the black regiment!
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Patriotism; United States - History; War


THE BLUE AND THE GRAY, by FRANCIS MILES FINCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: By the flow of the inland river
Last Line: Tears and love for the gray.
Variant Title(s): Decoration Day;memorial Day
Subject(s): American Civil War; Graves; Holidays; Memorial Day; Patriotism; Peace; Soldiers; United States - History; Tombs; Tombstones; Declaration Day


THE BLUE AND THE GRAY (2), by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Each thin hand resting on a grave
Last Line: Why harry wore the gray
Subject(s): American Civil War;holidays;memorial Day;u.s. - History; Declaration Day


THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG, by ANNIE CHAMBERS KETCHUM    Poem Text                
First Line: Come, brothers! Rally for the right!
Last Line: That bears the cross and star!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Flags - United States; Patriotism; United States - History; Confederacy; American Flag


THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG, by HARRY MACARTHY    Poem Text                
First Line: We are a band of brothers
Last Line: Hurrah! For the bonnie blue flag has gain'd th' eleventh star!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History; Confederacy


THE BURIAL OF LATANE, by JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The combat raged not long; but ours the day
Last Line: Change cannot harm him now, nor fortune touch him more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, John Randolph
Variant Title(s): Captain Latane
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


THE C. S. ARMY'S COMMISSARY, by EDWARD PORTER THOMPSON    Poem Text                
First Line: Well, this is bad!' we sighing said
Last Line: "but still press on, to do or die!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Southern States; U.s. - History; War; South (u.s.)


THE CALL TO FREEMAN, by MOSES OWEN    Poem Text                
First Line: But for three hundred thousand of freeman true and brave
Last Line: That freedom's fires shall brighter glow -- that men can yet be free.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Slavery; U.s. - History; Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty; Serfs


THE CENTENARIAN'S STORY, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Give me your hand, old revolutionary
Last Line: Stands forever the camp of that dead brigade.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Brooklyn, New York; Old Age; United States - History; Veterans


THE CHARGE BY THE FORD, by THOMAS DUNN ENGLISH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Eighty and nine with their captain
Last Line: Give them the roll of the drum!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Calvary; United States - History


THE COAT OF FADED GRAY, by GEORGE WASHINGTON HARRIS    Poem Text                
First Line: A low hut rests in lookout's shade
Last Line: Her soldier's coat of faded gray.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harris, G. W.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE COLLEGE COLONEL, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He rides at their head
Last Line: Ah heaven! -- what truth to him!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Labor & Laborers; United States - History; War; Work; Workers


THE COLORED SOLDIERS, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If the muse were mine to tempt it
Last Line: Who fought for uncle sam!
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; United States - History


THE CONFLICT OF CONVICTIONS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On starry heights / a bugle wails the long recall
Last Line: Wisdom is vain, and prophesy.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Dreams; Hope; Past; United States - History; Wisdom; Dead, The; Nightmares; Optimism


THE CONQUERED BANNER, by ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Furl that banner, for 'tis weary
Last Line: For its people's hoped are fled!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Flags - United States; Patriotism; Peace; United States - History; Confederacy; American Flag


THE CRIME OF THE AGES; 1861, by AUGUSTA COOPER BRISTOL    Poem Text                
First Line: Poet, write! / not of a purpose dark and dire
Last Line: New life, new birth, or a nation's tomb?
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE CROSSING AT FREDERICKSBURG, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I lay in my tent at mid-day
Last Line: "and one more for michigan!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fredericksburg, Battle Of (1862); United States - History


THE CRUISE OF THE MONITOR [MARCH 9, 1862], by GEORGE M. BAKER    Poem Text                
First Line: Out of a northern city's bay
Last Line: Hurrah for the monitor's famous cruise!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hampton Roads, Virginia; Monitor (ship); Sea Battles; United States - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


THE CUMBERLAND, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some names there are of telling sound
Last Line: Cumberland! Cumberland!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cumberland (ship); Hampton Roads, Virginia; Sea Battles; United States - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


THE CUMBERLAND [MARCH 8, 1862], by HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At anchor in hampton roads we lay
Last Line: And without a seam!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cumberland (ship); Hampton Roads, Virginia; Patriotism; Sea Battles; United States - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who with the soldiers was stanch danger-sharer
Last Line: Just one more cheer for her, kady brownell!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Brownell, Kady; U.s. - History


THE DAY OF THE DEAD SOLDIERS; MARY 30, 1869, by EMMA LAZARUS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Welcome, thou gray and fragrant sabbath-day
Last Line: So rich a page of thrilling histories.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


THE DEATH OF GRANT, by AMBROSE BIERCE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Father! Whose hard and cruel law / is part of thy compassion's plan
Last Line: Thy servant's soul in paradise.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


THE DEATH OF LYON, by HENRY PETERSON    Poem Text                
First Line: Sing, bird, on green missouri's plain
Last Line: And grave thy name immortal.
Variant Title(s): Lyon
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lyon, Nathaniel (1818-1861); United States - History; Wilson's Creek, Missouri, Battle Of


THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN, by NEAL" "NEFF [PSEUD.]    Poem Text                
First Line: Of him who stood foremost in this mighty age
Last Line: "that the soil be not curs'd by the blood of the slave, / now the land of the free and the home of t
Alternate Author Name(s): "neff, Neal;
Subject(s): "american Civil War;assassination;lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865);nations;presidents, United States;u.s. - History;


THE DEATH OF SLAVERY, by WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O thou great wrong, that, through the slow-paced years
Last Line: Dwell thou, a warning to the coming times.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty; Declaration Day


THE DECISION (APRIL 14, 1861), by EDGAR LEE MASTERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So there are five?
Last Line: Call the troops!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE DRAFT RIOT, by CHARLES DE KAY    Poem Text                
First Line: Is it the wind, the many-tongued, the weird
Last Line: And burns the town.
Subject(s): American Civil War; New York Draft Riots (1863); United States - History


THE DYING WORDS OF STONEWALL JACKSON, by SIDNEY LANIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The stars of night contain the glittering day
Last Line: Solace hast thou for pain!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); United States - History


THE EAGLE AND THE VULTURE, by THOMAS BUCHANAN READ    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In cherbourg roads the pirate lay
Last Line: "and for heroes like winslow is shouting, ""thank god!"
Subject(s): Alabama (ship); American Civil War; Cherbourg, France; Kearsarge (ship); Sea Battles; U.s. - History; Winslow, John Ancrum (1811-1873); Naval Warfare


THE EAGLE OF CORINTH, by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Did you hear of the fight at corinth
Last Line: On the nation's loftiest dome.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Birds; Corinth, Mississippi, Battle Of (1862); Courage; Eagles; United States - History; Valor; Bravery


THE EAGLE OF THE BLUE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Aloft he guards the starry folds
Last Line: The eagle of the blue.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Birds; Eagles; United States - History


THE FALL OF RICHMOND [APRIL, 1865], by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What mean these peals from every tower
Last Line: God's way adore.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Richmond Campaign (1864); United States - History


THE FIGHT AT SUMTER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Twas a wonderful brave fight!
Last Line: And a stern retribution / to the south
Subject(s): "american Civil War;fort Sumter, South Carolina;u.s. - History;


THE FLAG OF GREEN'S BRIGADE, by JOHN TROTWOOD MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O when I stood before the tatter'd flag of / green's brigade
Last Line: To fight their country's battles 'round the flag of green's brigade.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Flags; Patriotism; Soldiers; U.s. - History


THE FOE AT THE GATES, by JOHN DICKSON BRUNS    Poem Text                
First Line: Ring round her! Children of her glorious skies
Last Line: The last grand holocaust of liberty.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Charleston, South Carolina; United States - History


THE FRENZY IN THE WAKE; SHERMAN'S ADVANCE ... CAROLINAS, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So strong to suffer, shall we be
Last Line: Shall never our hate rescind.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); U.s. - History


THE GALLANT FIGHTING 'JOE', by JAMES STEVENSON (19TH CENTURY)    Poem Text                
First Line: From yorktown on the fourth of may
Last Line: Wherever he does go.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hooker, Joseph (1814-1879); U.s. - History; Williamsburg, Virginia, Battle Of (1862)


THE GATHERING OF THE GRAND ARMY, by CHARLOTTE L. FORTEN GRIMKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Through all the city's streets there poured a flood
Last Line: And love and peace prevail from shore to shore.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army - United States; United States - History


THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, by ABRAHAM LINCOLN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fourscore and seven years ago
Last Line: Shall not perish from the earth.
Variant Title(s): At Gettysburg
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Religion; United States - History; United States; Gettysburg, Battle Of; Theology; America


THE GRAVE OF LINCOLN, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now must the storied potomac
Last Line: Freedom's jerusalem thou!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Variant Title(s): Lincoln
Subject(s): American Civil War; Graves; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History; Tombs; Tombstones


THE GREETING, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They have waited, waited yonder
Last Line: In the camp on the other side!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; U.s. - History; Dead, The


THE HERO OF FORT WAGNER, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fort wagner! That is a place for us
Last Line: "and you can scale the wall!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE HIGH TIDE AT GETTYSBURG [JULY 3, 1863], by WILL HENRY THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A cloud possessed the hollow field
Last Line: Lamenting all her fallen sons!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Holidays; Memorial Day; Patriotism; United States - History; War; Liberty; Gettysburg, Battle Of; Declaration Day


THE HIVE AT GETTYSBURG, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the old hebrew myth the lion's frame
Last Line: The old-time athlete drew!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE, by AUGUSTINE JOSEPH HICKEY DUGANNE    Poem Text                
First Line: From mossy woods and cypress bolls
Last Line: O god! Break not mine oath for me!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Freedom; United States - History; Antislavery Movement - United States; Liberty


THE HUNDRED DAYS' MEN; ILLINOIS, MAY, 1864, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis time the corn was planted, the latest wheat was sown
Last Line: But joyfully, in busy may, gave up our thousands more!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Government; Illinois; Indiana; Ohio; Soldiers; U.s. - History


THE JACKET OF GREY, by CAROLINE AUGUSTA BALL    Poem Text                
First Line: Fold it up carefully, lay it aside
Last Line: The jacket of grey our loved soldier boy wore!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Confederacy


THE LAST CHARGE, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now, men of the north! Will you join in the strife
Last Line: His sceptre once broken, the world is our own!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE LAST REVIEW, by EMILY J. BUGBEE    Poem Text                
First Line: Twenty-one miles of boys in blue
Last Line: His spirit would thrill at a scene like this.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Religion; United States - History; Theology


THE LITTLE DRUMMER, by RICHARD HENRY STODDARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis of a little drummer
Last Line: With his rat-tat-too.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Courage; Missouri; U.s. - History; Valor; Bravery


THE LITTLE ODYSSEY OF JASON QUINT, OF SCIENCE, DOCTOR, by THOMAS MCGRATH    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Betrayed by his five mechanic agents, falling
Last Line: And confirmation of his loneliness.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); History; Travel; U.s. - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of; Historians; Journeys; Trips


THE LITTLE WHITE GLOVE, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The early springtime faintly flushed the earth
Last Line: "but, god of heaven! I dreamed that stain was blood!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE LONE SENTRY, by JAMES RYDER RANDALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas at the dying of the day
Last Line: Who watched the camp that night.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); U.s. - History


THE LOST REGIMENT, by CINCINNATUS HEINE MILLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The dying land cried; they heard her death call
Last Line: Who silently died in the swamp that day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Miller, Joaquin
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


THE MAIL HAS COME, by MARY TUCKER LAMBERT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now the bitter pangs of hope deferred
Last Line: Each kind letter thence is thrice welcome to me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tucker, Mary Eliza Perine
Subject(s): American Civil War; Postal Service; United States - History; Postmen; Post Office; Mail; Mailmen


THE MAN WHO DOES THE CHEERING, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: This war with spain reminds me o' the spring o' '61
Last Line: Come / back
Subject(s): American Civil War;history;homecoming;u.s. - History; Historians


THE MARCH INTO VIRGINIA, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Did all the lets and bars appear
Last Line: Thy after shock, manassas, share.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; United States - History; Manassas, Batlle Of


THE MARCH TO THE SEA (DECEMBER, 1864), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Not kenesaw high-arching
Last Line: Marching to the sea.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); U.s. - History


THE MISSISSIPPI; JULY, 1863, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Down the silent mississippi, with his saintly soul aflame
Last Line: Far to eastward, far to westward, touch the shining ocean sands.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mississippi; Mississippi River; Rivers; Sailing & Sailors; U.s. - History


THE MOUND BY THE LAKE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The grass shall never forget this grave
Last Line: Who like a mother comforted.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Graves; Mothers; U.s. - History; Tombs; Tombstones


THE MUSTER; SUGGESTED BY TWO DAYS' REVIEW AT WASHINGTON, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The abrahamic river - / patriarch of floods
Last Line: By rills from kansas lone.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army - United States; U.s. - History


THE NATION'S PRAYER, by CRAMMOND KENNEDY    Poem Text                
First Line: Before thy throne we bow
Last Line: The jubilee!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; United States - History


THE NEGRO BOATMAN'S SONG, by ANONYMOUS - AFRICAN AMERICAN    Poem Text                
First Line: "oh, praise and tanks! De lord he come"
Last Line: Or death-rune of our doom!
Subject(s): African Americans;american Civil War;freedom;slavery;u.s. - History; Negroes;american Blacks;liberty;serfs


THE NEW MEMORIAL DAY, by ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, the roses we plucked for the blue
Last Line: Slumber our heroes to-day.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; U.s. - History; Declaration Day


THE NINETEENTH OF APRIL, 1861, by LUCY LARCOM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This year, till late in april, the snow fell thick and light
Last Line: Our blood may seal the victory, but god will shield the right!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Declaration Day


THE OLD COVE, by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As vonce I valked by a dismal swamp
Last Line: "all that I axed vos, let me alone."
Variant Title(s): Let Us Alone;all We Ask Is To Be Let Alone
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889); State Rights; United States - History; Confederacy; Secession


THE PATRIOT MOTHER, by JOHN SAVAGE    Poem Text                
First Line: When o'er the land the battle brand
Last Line: "but never come a coward."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mothers; Patriotism; U.s. - History


THE PICKET-GUARD [NOVEMBER, 1861], by ETHEL LYNN BEERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All quiet along the potomac,' they say
Last Line: The picket's off duty forever.
Alternate Author Name(s): Eliot, Ethelinda; Lynn, Ethel
Variant Title(s): All Quiet Along The Potomac
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; Potomac River; Rivers; United States - History


THE PORTENT, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hanging from the beam
Last Line: The meteor of the war.
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; Social Protest; United States - History; Anti-slavery; Serfs


THE REBEL, by INNES RANDOLPH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, I'm a good old rebel, that's what I am
Last Line: I won't be reconstructed and I don't give a damn.
Variant Title(s): Unreconstructed
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hate; United States - History


THE REBEL SOLDIER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "one morning, one morning, one morning in may"
Last Line: I am a rebel soldier and far from my home
Subject(s): American Civil War;u.s. - History


THE RELEASED REBEL PRISONER (JUNE, 1865), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Armies he's seen - the herds of war
Last Line: Who see him listless go.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


THE RETURN OF THE BIRDS, by WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I hear, from many a little throat
Last Line: "and freedom to the slave!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Birds; Holidays; Trees; United States - History


THE RETURNED VOLUNTEER TO HIS RIFLE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Over this hearth - my father's seat
Last Line: Long rest! With belt, and bayonet, and canteen.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Consolation; U.s. - History; Veterans


THE REVEILLE, by FRANCIS BRET HARTE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands
Last Line: "lord, we come!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Harte, Bret
Variant Title(s): What The Drums Say
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; United States - History


THE RIVER FIGHT; APRIL 18, 1862, by HENRY HOWARD BROWNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Do you know of the dreary land
Last Line: And the traitor flags come down.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870); Navy - United States; New Orleans, Battle Of (1862); Patriotism; Slavery; United States - History; American Navy; Serfs


THE RUN FROM MANASSAS JUNCTION, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Yankee doodle went to war
Last Line: "moreover, when you've turned your tail / won't hesitate to follow"
Subject(s): "american Civil War;bull Run, Battles Of;u.s. - History;" "manassas, Batlle Of;


THE SCOUT TOWARD ALDIE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The cavalry-camp lies on the slope
Last Line: To mosby-land the dirges cling.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mosby, John Singleton (1833-1916); U.s. - History


THE SINKING OF THE MERRIMAC [MAY 10, 1862], by LUCY LARCOM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gone down in the flood, and gone out in the flame!
Last Line: Then sink them together, -- the ship and the name!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Sea Battles; United States - History; Virginia (ship); Naval Warfare; Merrimac (ship)


THE SLAVE-MONGERS' CONVENTION: CANTO 2, SELECTION, by J. P. RANDOLPH    Poem Text                
First Line: My brethren, most beloved and dear
Last Line: Your whips --
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bible; Clergy; Emancipation Movement & Proclamation; Slavery; U.s. - History; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Antislavery Movement - United States; Serfs


THE SOLDIER BOY'S DREAM, by MARY TUCKER LAMBERT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A soldier boy lay dreaming
Last Line: Of liberty, new found.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tucker, Mary Eliza Perine
Subject(s): American Civil War; Dreams; Freedom; Soldiers; United States - History; Nightmares; Liberty


THE SOLDIER'S FIRESIDE, AFTER A BATTLE, by M. T. C.    Poem Text                
First Line: They sat by the dying embers
Last Line: And hope for their country too.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Anxiety; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); United States - History


THE SONG OF SHERMAN'S ARMY, by CHARLES GRAHAM HALPINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A pillar of fire by night
Last Line: For sherman and grant, hurrah!
Alternate Author Name(s): O'reilly, Miles
Subject(s): American Civil War; Georgia (state); Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891); United States - History


THE SOUTH CAROLINA HYMN OF INDEPENDENCE, by CLAUDIAN BIRD NORTHROP    Poem Text                
First Line: South carolinians! Proudly see
Last Line: The drum has beat th' alarm.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; South Carolina; U.s. - History; Confederacy


THE SPARROW HARK IN THE RAIN (ALEXANDER STEPHENS HEARS NEWS), by EDGAR LEE MASTERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That's done! And well, I'd rather not have gone
Last Line: And I arose and left.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Stephens, Alexander Hamilton (1812-1883); United States - History


THE STONE FLEET; AN OLD SAILOR'S LAMENT (DECEMBER, 1861), by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I have a feeling for those ships
Last Line: Was your old stone fleet.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Ships & Shipping; U.s. - History


THE STRIPES AND THE STARS; APRIL, 1861, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O star-spangled banner! The flag of our pride!
Last Line: One country — one banner — the stripes and the stars!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Flags - United States; Freedom; Patriotism; U.s. - History; American Flag; Liberty


THE SUBSTITUTE, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How say'st thou? Die to-morrow?
Last Line: Knelt by the corse -- alone.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Capital Punishment; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Confederacy


THE SURRENDER AT APPOMATTOX [APRIL 9, 1865], by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As billows upon billows roll
Last Line: Lee.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Appomattox, Virginia; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); United States - History


THE SURRENDER OF NEW ORLEANS, by MARION MANVILLE    Poem Text                
First Line: All day long the guns at the forts
Last Line: A glory for one is another's lost cause.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pope, Marion Manville, Mrs.
Subject(s): American Civil War; New Orleans, Battle Of (1862); U.s. - History


THE SWAMP ANGEL, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a coal-black angel
Last Line: Christ, the forgiver, convert his mind.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Charleston, South Carolina; Guns; United States - History


THE SWEET LITTLE MAN; DEDICATED TO THE STAY-AT-HOME RANGERS, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now, while our soldiers are fighting our battles
Last Line: Take your white-feather plume, sweet little man!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


THE TEMERAIRE, by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The gloomy hulls, in armor grim
Last Line: O, the temeraire no more!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Art & Artists; Paintings & Painters; Sea Battles; Turner, Joseph Mallord W. (1775-1851); United States - History; Naval Warfare


THE TURTLE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "caesar, afloat with his fortunes!"
Last Line: Of the old sea-hoss / and a regular terror-pin
Subject(s): American Civil War;sea Battles;u.s. - History;virginia (ship); Naval Warfare;merrimac (ship)


THE UNSUNG HEROES, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A song for the unsung heroes who rose in the country's need
Last Line: Who fought their way from night to day and struggled up to god.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; United States - History; Liberty


THE VICTOR AT ANTIETAM [SEPTEMBER 17, 1862], by HERMAN MELVILLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When tempest winnowed grain from bran
Last Line: And great antietam's cheers renew.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Antietam, Battle Of (1862); Mcclellan, George Brinton (1826-1885); United States - History


THE VIRGINIA SCAFFOLD; JOHN BROWN, DECEMBER 2, 1859, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Rear on high the scaffold-altar! All the world will turn to see
Last Line: And his sowing find its reaping in the birthday of the free!
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): Abolitionists; American Civil War; Brown, John (1800-1859); Slavery; Social Protest; U.s. - History; Anti-slavery; Serfs


THE VIRGINIANS OF THE VALLEY, by FRANCIS ORRERY TICKNOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The knightliest of the knightly race
Last Line: But not a knight asleep.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; United States - History; Virginia (state)


THE VISION OF GETTYSBURG (1863-1913), by ROBERT UNDERWOOD JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What if, that day, when on those tawny slopes
Last Line: The squandered blood of gettysburgs to come.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); United States - History; Gettysburg, Battle Of


THE VOICE OF WEBSTER, by ROBERT UNDERWOOD JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Silence was envious of the only voice
Last Line: Long shall its echoes rouse the patriot's heart.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Democracy; United States - Congress - Senate; United States - History; United States - Reconstruction (1865-1877); Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)


THE WASHERS OF THE SHROUD; OCTOBER, 1861, by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Along a river-side, I know not where
Last Line: While waking I recalled my wandering brain.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Potomac River; Rivers; United States - History


THE WATCHERS, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beside a stricken field I stood
Last Line: "but all is possible with god!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


THE WHITE SLAVES; 1860, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The household of a roman, in rome's luxurious time
Last Line: Let every soul cry, 'liberty!' and 'liberty for all!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; Household Employees; Rome, Italy; Slavery; U.s. - History; Liberty; Servants; Domestics; Maids; Serfs


THE WOUND-DRESSER, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: An old man bending I come among new faces
Last Line: Many a soldier's kiss dwells on these bearded lips.)
Variant Title(s): The Dresser
Subject(s): American Civil War; Nurses; Travel; United States - History; War; Journeys; Trips


THE YEAR OF JUBILEE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "say, darkeys, hab you seen de massa"
Last Line: "it mus' be now de kingdum cumin', / an' de yar ob jubilo"
Subject(s): African Americans - Military;american Civil War;u.s. - History;war


THE YEAR OF JUBILEE, by HENRY CLAY WORK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Say, darkeys, hab you seen de massa
Last Line: An' de yar ob jubilo.
Variant Title(s): Year Of Jubilo;kingdom Coming
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Richmond Campaign (1864); United States - History


THIS IS YOUR GIFT, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Who is the lover sleeping beside you?
Last Line: Breathe with the body beside you and know
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


THOMAS AT CHICKAMAUGA, by KATE BROWNLEE SHERWOOD    Poem Text                
First Line: It was that fierce contested field where chickamauga lay
Last Line: "they in the thickest fight shall stand and proudly answer, ""here!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chickamauga, Battle Of (1863); Courage; Thomas, George Henry (1816-1870); U.s. - History; Valor; Bravery


THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The regiment has waited long
Last Line: Who would hold the colonel?
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; Higginson, Thomas Wentworth (1823-1911); U.s. - History


THOROUGHBREDS (AN INCIDENT OF THE FIGHT AROUND ATLANTA), by JOHN TROTWOOD MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Straight at the breastworks, flanked with / fire
Last Line: Will be—the sons of the thoroughbred!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Camp-meetings; Fights; Militarism; Soldiers; U.s. - History; U.s. - Military Academy


THOUSAND AND THIRTY-SEVEN, by CHARLES GRAHAM HALPINE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Three years ago today
Alternate Author Name(s): O'reilly, Miles
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


THREE CHARACTERS FROM A LOST HOME; CEDAR, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: Though they drill and count my rings
Last Line: I grow unmoving till I die
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


THREE CHARACTERS FROM A LOST HOME; WATER, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: No one can record my travels
Last Line: And wait for my unravelling
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


THREE CHARACTERS FROM A LOST HOME; WOODSMOKE, by DAVID MASON    Poem Source                
First Line: I'll make your eyes tear up
Last Line: Into the woods alone
Subject(s): American Civil War; Soldiers; U.s. - History


THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND MORE, by ROBERT MORRIS    Poem Text             Recitation    
First Line: We are coming, father abraham, three hundred thousand more
Last Line: We are coming, father abraham, three hundred thousand more!
Alternate Author Name(s): Gibbons, James Sloane
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Patriotism; Presidents, United States; United States - History


THROUGH BALTIMORE, by BAYARD TAYLOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas on friday morn: the train grew near
Last Line: O baltimore!
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): American Civil War; Baltimore, Maryland; U.s. - History


THROUGH FIRE IN MOBILE BAY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: I'd weave a wreath for those who fought
Last Line: He waits to greet the gallant tars / who fought in mobile bay
Subject(s): "american Civil War;farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870);mobile Bay, Battle Of (1864);u.s. - History;


THROUGH FIRE IN MOBILE BAY, by DAVID GLASGOW FARRAGUT    Poem Source                
First Line: I'd weave a wreath for those who fought
Last Line: He waits to greet the gallant tars %who fought in mobile bay
Subject(s): American Civil War; Farragut, David Glascow (1801-1870); Mobile Bay, Battle Of (1864); U.s. - History


THY WILL BE DONE, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We see not, know not; all our way
Last Line: Thy will be done!
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TO A CERTAIN CIVILIAN, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Did you ask dulcet rhymes from me?
Last Line: For I lull nobody, and you will never understand me.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


TO A DEJECTED FRIEND, by MORTON BRYAN WHARTON    Poem Source                
First Line: What though thy way is often dark
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TO A MOTHER, by A. I. AMBLER    Poem Text                
First Line: Oh mother, when with thy sorrow alone
Last Line: Thou wilt call the lost once more thine own.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Grief; Love; Mothers; United States - History; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN, by JOHN JAMES PIATT    Poem Text                
First Line: Stern be the pilot in the dreadful hour
Last Line: Made by god's providence the anointed one.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet In 1862
Subject(s): American Civil War; Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Presidents, United States; U.s. - History


TO CANAAN; A PURITAN WAR-SONG, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where are you going, soldiers
Last Line: A whirlwind from the north!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


TO ENGLISHMEN, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You flung your taunt across the wave
Last Line: The pirate's skull-bone blazon!
Subject(s): American Civil War; England; Slavery; U.s. - History; English; Serfs


TO MY SOLDIER BROTHER, by SALLIE M. BALLARD    Poem Source                
First Line: When softly gathering shades of ev'n
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TO SAMUEL E. SEWALL AND HARRIET W. SEWALL OF MELROSE, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Olor iscanus queries: 'why should we'
Last Line: The eyes that smile no more, the unreturning feet!
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, by BAYARD TAYLOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That late, in half-despair, I said
Last Line: For freedom's flag and freedom's land!
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TO THE TENTH LEGION, NEW YORK STATE VOLUNTEERS, 1862, by RUTH NATALIE CROMWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Marching along!-marching to the war
Last Line: "for god and their country, they were marching along."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Marching & Marches; Military Service, Voluntary; New York City - 19th Century; Patriotism; United States - History


TREE, THE SERPENT, AND THE STAR, by A. P. GRAY    Poem Source                
First Line: From the silver sands of a gleaming shore
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TURN O LIBERTAD, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Turn o libertad, for the war is over
Last Line: Is swiftly, surely preparing for you.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Freedom; United States - History; Liberty


TWILIGHT ON SUMTER, by RICHARD HENRY STODDARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Still and dark along the sea
Last Line: Hell shall rise in grim derision and make room!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fort Sumter, South Carolina; U.s. - History


TWO APPEALS TO JOHN HARRALSON: 1, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: John harralson, john harralson, you are a wretched creature
Last Line: That when a lady lifts her shift she's killing off a yankee
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TWO APPEALS TO JOHN HARRALSON: 2. A YANKEE VIEW, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: John harralson, john harralson, we've read in song and story
Last Line: No soldier could sniff it without having an erection
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TWO ARMIES STAND ENROLLED BENEATH, by HENRY TIMROD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TWO FURROWS, by CHARLES HENRY WEBB    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The spring-time came, but not with mirth
Alternate Author Name(s): Paul, John
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


TWO SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF BLONDEL, by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Twere no hard task, perchance, to win
Last Line: And blondel were royal himself, if he knew it!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Blondel De Nesle; United States - History


ULRIC DAHLGREN, by KATE BROWNLEE SHERWOOD    Poem Text                
First Line: A flash of light across the night
Last Line: In our republic's coronet!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Courage; Dahlgren, Ulric; Richmond Campaign (1864); U.s. - History; Valor; Bravery


UNDER THE CLOUD AND THROUGH THE SEA, by ADELINE DUTTON (TRAIN) WHITNEY    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


UNDER THE SHADE OF THE TREES [MAY 10, 1863], by MARGARET JUNKIN PRESTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What are the thoughts that are stirring his breast?
Last Line: Under the shade of the trees!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Chancellorsville, Battle Of (1863); Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); United States - History; War


UNION AND LIBERTY, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Flag of the heroes who left us their glory
Last Line: Union and liberty! One evermore!
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


UPON THE HILL BEFORE CENTREVILLE, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I'll tell you what I heard that day
Last Line: Strike for the crown of victory!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; United States - History; Manassas, Batlle Of


VACANT CHAIR, by GEORGE FREDERICK ROOT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We shall meet, but we shall miss him
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


VICKSBURG, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For sixty days and upwards
Last Line: To the music in their hearts.
Variant Title(s): The Bombardment Of Vicksburg
Subject(s): American Civil War; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Vicksburg Campaign (1862-63); Declaration Day


VICTORIOUS MARCH, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: In the early part of may
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


VIRGINIA - THE WEST, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The noble sire fallen on evil days
Last Line: For you provided me washington -- and now these also.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Virginia (state); Confederacy


VIRGINIA CAPTA, by MARGARET JUNKIN PRESTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Unconquer'd captive! - close thine eye
Last Line: Thy chains, -- virginia victrix still!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Richmond Campaign (1864); U.s. - History


VIRGINIA'S DEAD, by CORNELIA J. M. JORDAN    Poem Text                
First Line: Proud mother of a race that reared
Last Line: There sleep virginia's dead.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; United States - History; Virginia (state); Confederacy


VISION OF THE CIVIL WAR, by BYRON FORCEYTHE WILLSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I see the champion sword-strokes flash
Last Line: Till the dead nation rise transformed by truth to triumph over all!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Willson, Forceythe
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


VISIT TO GETTYSBURG, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I will %touch stone
Last Line: And touch stone %for this touchstone
Subject(s): American Civil War; Blood; Gettysburg Campaign (1863); U.s. - History; War


VOICES OF THE GUNS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Within a green and shadowy wood
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


VOYAGE OF THE GOOD SHIP UNION, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis midnight: through my troubled dream
Last Line: One nation, evermore!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Classmates; United States - History; Schoolmates


WAIT FOR THE WAGON, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: A hundred thousand northmen
Last Line: "if red-tape so wills it, / wait till judgment-day"
Subject(s): American Civil War;u.s. - History


WALT WHITMAN IN THE CIVIL WAR HOSPITALS, by DAVID IGNATOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Prescient, my hands soothing
Last Line: To death which I have praised
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hospitals; Poetry & Poets; United States - History; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WALT WHITMAN IN THE CIVIL WAR HOSPITALS, by DAVID IGNATOW    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Prescient, my hands soothing
Last Line: To death which I have praised
Subject(s): American Civil War; Hospitals; Poetry And Poets; U.s. - History; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


WANTED - A MAN, by EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Back from the trebly crimsoned field
Last Line: "abraham lincoln, give us a man!"
Subject(s): American Civil War; Mcclellan, George Brinton (1826-1885); Men; U.s. - History


WAR IS KIND: 1, by STEPHEN CRANE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind
Last Line: War is kind.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Americans; Men; Social Protest; United States - History; United States; America


WE ARE GOING, FATHER ABRAHAM, by MARCUS P. WHEELER    Poem Source                
First Line: We are coming, father abraham, 600, more'
Last Line: But, we're going, father abraham, we soon are going home!
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


WHAT THE BIRDS SAID, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The birds against the april wind
Last Line: And in the evening there was light.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Birds; United States - History


WHAT THE VILLAGE BELL SAID, by JOHN C. MCLEMORE    Poem Source                
First Line: Full many a year in the village church
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


WHEN DEY 'LISTED COLORED SOLDIERS, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dey was talkin' in de cabin, dey was talkin' in de hall
Last Line: W'en dey 'listed colo'ed sojers an' my 'lias went to wah.
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; American Civil War; United States - History


WHEN I WAS SMALL, A WOMAN DIED, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: In yonder maryland
Subject(s): Death Mothers; Death Children; American Civil War


WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME, by PATRICK SARSFIELD GILMORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When johnny comes marching home again hurrah!
Last Line: When johnny comes marching home.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lambert, Louis
Subject(s): American Civil War; Patriotism; Peace; United States - History; United States; America


WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME (WITH MUSIC), by PATRICK SARSFIELD GILMORE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When johnny comes marching home again hurrah!
Last Line: And we'll drink stone wine %when johnny comes marching home
Alternate Author Name(s): Lambert, Louis
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


WHEN THIS CRUEL WAR IS OVER, by HENRY TUCKER    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


WHO'S READY?; JULY, 1862, by EDNA DEAN PROCTOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: God help us! Who's ready? There's danger before!
Last Line: All forward! We're ready, and conquer we will!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Dean
Subject(s): American Civil War; Enemies; Freedom; Soldiers; U.s. - History; Liberty


WIDOW; 2ND NEW JERSEY BRIGADE, LATE AUTUMN, 1862, by LISA RUSS    Poem Source                
First Line: I call still question god-how now forsake me?
Last Line: Borrow its blue forever from your cloud-crossed stare?
Subject(s): Absence; American Civil War; Military; Soldiers; U.s. - History; Women And War


WILLIAM AND ANNIE; OR, A TALE OF LOVE AND WAR, SELS., by CHARLES T. DANIELS    Poem Source                
First Line: Most glorious southern land, of thee I sing
Last Line: To gain the heaven of one warm embrace?
Subject(s): American Civil War; Southern States; U.s. - History


WITH CORSE AT ALLATOONA, by SAMUEL HAWKINS MARSHALL BYERS    Poem Text                
First Line: It was less than two thousand we numbered
Last Line: "this morning up there on the hill."
Subject(s): Allatoona Pass, Georgia; American Civil War; Atlanta Campaign (1864); Corse, John Murray (1835-1893); United States - History


WORD WITH THE WEST, by JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once more to the breach for the land of the west!
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, John Randolph
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


WORLD TAKE GOOD NOTICE, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: World take good notice, silver stars fading
Last Line: Now and henceforth flaunt from these shores.
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


WOULDST THOU HAVE ME LOVE THEE, DEAREST, by ALEXANDER BEAUFORT MEEK    Poem Source                
Subject(s): American Civil War; U.s. - History


WRITTEN ON THE DEATH OF OUR BELOVED GENERAL STONEWALL JACKSON, by CAROLINE AUGUSTA BALL    Poem Text                
First Line: There's a wail of woe on the summer breeze
Last Line: His last victory gained, his rest has won.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Death; Heroism; Jackson, Thomas (stonewall) (1824-1863); United States - History; Dead, The; Heroes; Heroines


WRITTEN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, 1864, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once more, despite the noise of war
Last Line: For only such can save us now.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Fourth Of July; United States - History; Independence Day


ZAGONYI, by GEORGE HENRY BOKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bold captain of the body-guard
Last Line: To death or victory!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cavalry; Springfield, Missouri, Battle Of (1861); United States - History; Zagonyi, Charles


ZOLLICOFFER, by HENRY LYNDEN FLASH    Poem Text                
First Line: First in the fight, and first in the arms
Last Line: Dead on the field of glory!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Somerset, Kentucky, Battle Of (1862); United States - History; Zollicoffer, Felix Kirk (1812-1862)