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.
§ 15. Civil Matters; Peace.
|All these are primarily concerned with the military side of the conflict. Civil matters, too, found poetic voices: Bret Hartes The Copperhead and The Copperhead Convention, and Thomas Clarkes Sir Copp, stinging denunciations; F. W. Landers Rhode Island to the South, full of prophetic challenge; Richard Realfs To Triumphe, hopeful and resolute; W. A. Devons Give Me Your Hand, Johnny Bull, a friendly, earnest bid for British sympathy. Still more interesting are the numerous pieces that reveal the feelings of sorrowing men and women at home, and of soldiers sick for home. Specially memorable are Lucy Larcoms Waiting for News, Kate Putnam Osgoods extraordinarily pathetic Driving Home the Cows, C. D. Shanlys The Brier Wood Pipe, Augusta Cooper Bristols Term of Service Ended, Reads The Brave at Home, The Drummer Boys Burial (anonymous), and William Winters After All. From civil life came the tender and moving note of reconciliation in Francis Miles Finchs The Blue and the Gray, written in 1867 when the news came that the women of Columbus, Mississippi, had decorated the graves both of Northern and Southern soldiers.