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Collection Reference Number GLC02095.12
From Archive Folder Collection relating to Charles Sumner 
Title Charles Sumner to Epes Sargent regarding poetry and their relationship
Date 15 September 1863
Author Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)  
Recipient Sargent, Epes  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Sumner thanks Sargent for his sympathetic praise. Writes, "The verses on Shaw I had enjoyed before, & had sent to England," likely a reference to Sargent's poem, "Colonel Shaw: On Hearing that the Rebels Had Buried His Body Under a Pile of Twenty Five Negroes," Boston Evening Transcript, 4 August 1863. Contains a 12 September 1878 autograph note signed by Sargent on page 2, giving a brief biography of Sumner: "Charles Sumner, United States Senator from Massachusetts... -a very conspicuous man in his day. He was a classmate of my brother, John O. Sargent, and we were intimate from my boyhood. Many years ago Sumner lectured at Auburn, Mass., and I delivered a poem the same evening. We put up at a house where they could give us but one bed: so we had to sleep together."
Subjects African American History  African American Troops  Poetry  Politics  Congress  Civil War  Military History  Literature and Language Arts  Union Forces  Battle  
People Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)  Sargent, Epes (1813-1880)  Sargent, John Osborne (1811-1891)  Shaw, Robert Gould (1837-1863)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme The American Civil War; Education; African Americans; Arts & Literature
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Sargent was a poet, author, editor, and playwright. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw led the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, a famous African American regiment, until he was killed in action during the regiment's assault on Fort Wagner in July 1863.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945