The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (190721).
VOLUME XVI. Early National Literature, Part II; Later National Literature, Part I.
II. Poets of the Civil War I.
§ 13. Sherman; The Fall of Richmond.
|In the fourth year of the war the note of triumph passed from the Southern to the Northern poets. S. H. M. Byerss Shermans March to the Sea and Halpines The Song of Shermans Army are almost gay, and Henry Clay Works Marching Through Georgia if not gay is nothing else. Holmess Shermans in Savannah rhymed the name of the fallen city with banner. Strangely haunting is Whitmans Ethiopia Saluting the Colors. Also haunting, but sad, is Melvilles A Dirge for McPherson
while his Sheridan at Cedar Creek, The Fall of Richmond, and The Surrender at Appomattox, though never widely known, are full of that distinction which Melville, with all his irregularities, was never long without, in prose or verse. Thomas Buchanan Reads famous Sheridans Ride is a better ballad than Melvilles piece on the same theme, but purely as poetry it is inferior. Henry Clay Works The Year of Jubilee, supposed to be written by a slave full of delight in the coming freedom, is too amusing and racy to need to have its poetical merits estimated. Reads The Eagle and the Vulture and Weir Mitchells Kearsarge echoed the doom of the Alabama. Farragut was so fortunate as to have two poets among his officers at Mobile Bay: William Tuckey Meredith, who wrote Farragut
|True fame is his, for life is oer|
|Sarpedon of the mighty war|
and Brownell, whose The Bay Fight, though perhaps too long, can hardly be matched for martial energy.
|Old Heart of Oak,|
|Daring Dave Farragut,|
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