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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 2 0 Browse Search
The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 9: Poetry and Eloquence. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 1 1 Browse Search
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1862, occupied with different duties. The picket-guard The authorship of this production has occasioned more dispute than any other poem of the conflict. Very plausible details of its composition on August 2, 1861, were given by Lamar Fontaine. Joel Chandler Harris, who declared he would be glad to claim the poem as a specimen of Southern literature, concluded for five separate reasons that it was the production of Mrs. Ethelinda Beers. Mrs. Beers in a private letter to Mrs. Helen Kendrick Johnson said: the poor picket has had so many authentic claimants, and willing sponsors, that I sometimes question myself whether I did really write it that cool September morning, after reading the stereotyped all quiet, etc. , to which was added in small type a picket shot. the lines first appeared in Harper's Weekly for November 30, 1861. ‘All quiet along the Potomac,’ they say, ‘Except now and then a stray picket Is shot, as he walks on his beat to and fro, By a rifleman hid in the <
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Johnson, Helen Kendrick 1843- (search)
Johnson, Helen Kendrick 1843- Author; born in Hamilton, N. Y., Jan. 4, 1843; daughter of Asahel C. Kendrick, the Greek scholar and author; was educated at the Oread Institute, Worcester, Mass. She has edited Our familiar songs, and those who made them; The American woman's journal, etc. Her original works are The Roddy books; Raleigh Westgate; and Woman and the republic. She has contributed many articles to periodicals, and is specially known as an opponent of woman suffrage.