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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Unassociated Civil War Documents 1864
|Battle of Nashville
|15-16 December 1864
|Six stanza poem dramatizing the action at the Battle of Nashville. Each stanza has a heading: "The Preparation," "The Night Scene," "The Prelude," "The Second Day," The Chief," and "The Charge." The stanza titled "The Chief," is the shortest and is an overwrought description of Union Major General George H. Thomas: "Serene and steady as a Polar Star / Whose light no clouds can quench nor billows mar / But shines while tempests lash the deep below, / Thomas surveyed the turbid storm of war / Firm as Gibraltar in the whirlwind's's jar, / And gazed and watched to strike the final blow. / With god-like skill to reason and combine- / The moment comes -- 'Now charge along the line!'" Has original carte-de-visite of Major General George H. Thomas at the top. With pencil noted on verso: "Sent by James from ... " (the rest of the note is illegible). Also has two very faded and illegible names in pencil on verso. Edges have frayed, but have been repaired.
|Battle of Nashville Religion Civil War Military History Battle Poetry Literature and Language Arts Union Forces Union General Photography
|The American Civil War; Arts & Literature; Religion
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
|Civil War: Theater of War
|Main Western Theater