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Collection Reference Number GLC02135
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1864 
Title Battle of Nashville
Date 15-16 December 1864
Document Type Broadside
Content Description 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.
Subjects Battle of Nashville  Religion  Civil War  Military History  Battle  Poetry  Literature and Language Arts  Union Forces  Union General  Photography  
Place written Nashville, Tennessee
Theme The American Civil War; Arts & Literature; Religion
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Theater of War Main Western Theater