Category: Poetry

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Poetry: Sherman’s March to the Sea

“Sherman’s March to the Sea” is a poem written in 1864 by Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers III, 5th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Byers wrote it while a prisoner in Colombia, S.C. The poem was set...

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Stonewall Jackson’s Way

Probably the most famous poem about Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is “Stonewall Jackson’s Way,” a poem that was set to music. The authorship of the poem is generally attributed to John Williamson Palmer, a doctor...

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The Aged Stranger (Audio Poem)

Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902) was well known for his humorous verse and tales of California mining life. He also wrote both serious and humorous poetry about the Civil War. Harte spent much of the...

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Sons of the Flag (A Toast)

Here is a poem by newspaperman, George Morrow Mayo, written during World War I, referencing the Civil War, which became quite popular. He hoped the spirit of Ulysses L. Grant would be with soldiers...

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The Fall of Fort Sumter

Iron Brigader began its blog with a poem by Edmund Clarence Stedman, a poet from Connecticut who served as a field correspondent for the “New York World” in the early years of the Civil...

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‘When the Regiment Came Back’ by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox was not a Civil War poet, per se, although she did live through the war and at least had the direct experience of seeing her brothers leave to serve their country....

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A Thomas Hill Christmas Poem

Today we have a Christmas poem written by Thomas Hill (1818-1891), taken from a 16-page booklet entitled Christmas, and poems on slavery, for Christmas, 1843 in support of an anti-slavery fair in Massachusetts. The then...