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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 9. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The infantry of the army of Northern Virginia. (search)
hey are, around a camp-fire in the army of Northern Virginia one cold and cheerless night towards the close of 1861, from the lips of a gallant infantry officer now dead on the field of glory. They will not be on this account the less appropriate to this occasion: When the black-lettered list to the gods was presented, The list of what Fate for each mortal intends; At the long string of ills a kind goddess relented, And slipped in three blessings-wife, children and friends. In vain surly Pluto maintained he was cheated, For justice divine could not compass its ends, The scheme of man's penance he swore was defeated, Since earth becomes heaven with wife, children and friends. If the stock of our bliss is in stranger hands vested, The fund ill secured oft in bankruptcy ends-- But the heart issues bills which are never protested, When drawn on the firm of wife, children and friends. Though valor still burns in his life's dying embers, The death-wounded tar who his colors defends, D