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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 20 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 17 1 Browse Search
Margaret Fuller, Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (ed. W. H. Channing) 14 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 14 0 Browse Search
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t of Oct. 28, 1863, when General Geary's Division of the Twelfth Corps repulsed the attacking forces of Longstreet at Wauhatchie, Tennessee, about two hundred mules, affrighted by the din of battle, rushed in the darkness into the midst of Wade Hampton's Rebel troops, creating something of a panic among them, and causing a portion of them to fall back, supposing that they were at Charge of the mule brigade. tacked by cavalry. Some one in the Union army, who knew the circumstances, taking Tennyson's Charge of the light brigade as a basis, composed and circulated the following description of the ludicrous event:-- Charge of the mule brigade. Half a mile, half a mile, Half a mile onward, Right through the Georgia troops Broke the two hundred. “Forward the Mule Brigade!” “Charge for the Rebs!” they neighed. Straight for the Georgia troops Broke the two hundred. “Forward the Mule Brigade!” Was there a mule dismayed? Not when the long ears felt All their ropes sundered. The
Maryland, my Maryland echoed from the Potomac to the Gulf; and the clarion-call James R. Randall so nobly used-There's life in the old land yet! warmed every southern heart, by the dead ashes on its hearth. Who does not remember Beechenbrook, that pure Vestal in the temple of Mars? Every tear of sympathy that fell upon its pages was a jewel above rubies, in the crown of its gentle author. Paul Hayne had won already the hearts of his own readers; and had gained transatlantic meed, in Tennyson's declaration that he was the sonneteer of America! And the yearning sorrow in all eyes that looked upon the fresh mound, above what was mortal of tender Henry Timrod, was more eloquent of worth than costly monuument, or labored epitaph. But not only the clang of action and the freedom of stirring scenes produced the southern war-poems. Camp Chase and forts Warren and Lafayette contributed as glowing strains as any written. Those grim bastiles held the bodies of their unconquered in
erse. He was so familiar with Burns, that at almost any part of his poems he could, when given a line, go on to repeat those contiguous to it, especially The Cotter's Saturday night, and the Advice to a young friend. In after-years Clough's Poems of patriotism were great favorites with him, and the edition we have is marked all through with passages which he admired. Milton to him was a dreadful bore, while he was very familiar with Virgil, and loved to quote from him. He read parts of Tennyson, and a little of Browning, but had little sympathy with the latter. Of heroic songs, he had memorized a great number, and quoted them in intimate intercourse with his friends with appositeness. I never saw anyone who could resist the charm of these recitations, when he was in the mood. He had a lovely, high baritone voice in song, no musical culture, but a fine ear; and if he heard a song rendered accurately and well, sang it afterward very sweetly. One of his favorites was Moore's Had
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 23: siege and capture of Vicksburg and Port Hudson. (search)
tates had sneered so much and so persistently at the idea of negroes fighting, or being disciplined into efficient troops, that the intelligence of these tests was received by the loyal people with the most generous enthusiasm. “Niggers won't fight,” ah, ha! “Niggers won't fight,” ah, ha! “They are no good for war, One in a hundred.” Let Mississippi's shore, Flooded with negro gore, Echo back evermore-- “See our six hundred!” said a writer in the Albany Evening Journal, in imitation of Tennyson's Charge of the six hundred at Balaklava; and George H. Boker, of Philadelphia, wrote that noble tribute to the valor of the Second Louisiana, which closes with:--Hundreds on hundreds fell; But they are resting well. Scourges and shackles strong Never shall do them wrong. O, to the living few, Soldiers, be just and true! Hail them as comrades tried, Fight with them side by side; Never, in field or tent, Scorn the black regiment. The Nationals gained ground continually, as hour afte
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 5: the Chattanooga campaign.--movements of Sherman's and Burnside's forces. (search)
the killed was Captain Geary, son of the General. General Green and Colonel Underwood were severely wounded. An amusing incident of this night's battle is related. When it began, about two hundred mules, frightened: by the noise, dashed into the ranks of Wade Hampton's Legion, and produced a great panic. The Confederates. supposed it to be a charge of Hooker's cavalry, and fell back at first in some confusion. The incident inspired a mock-heroic poem, of six stanzas, in imitation of Tennyson's Charge of the six hundred at Balaklava (see note on page 633, volume II.), two verses of which were as follows:-- Forward, the mule brigade! Was there a mule dismayed? Not when the long ears felt All their ropes sundered. Theirs not to make reply-- Theirs not to reason why-- Theirs but to make them fly-- On! to the Georgia troops Broke the two hundred. Mules to the right of them-- Mules to the left of them-- Mules all behind them-- Pawed, neighed, and thundered; Breaking their own co
An incident that carries its own comment, is related by a visitor on his way to one of the patriot camps in the Old Dominion. Seated by the road-side was a soldier, his musket in one hand and a volume in the other, which he was reading with deep interest. He was clad roughly but comfortably, and bore the evidences of having seen hard service. As the party approached, he rose to his feet, advanced into the road, and exclaimed: Halt! Let me see your pass. After carefully inspecting the strangers and their pass, he quietly told them to move on, and resumed his seat and his book. One of the party glanced at the volume, and found that it was a beautiful copy of Tennyson's Poems.
Henry Morton Stanley, Dorothy Stanley, The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, part 2.13, chapter 2.22 (search)
ourney that led to a goal, to be reached if human endeavour could gain it. No honour, he wrote, no reward, however great, can be equal to the subtle satisfaction that a man feels when he can point to his work and say: See, now, the task I promised you to perform with all loyalty and honesty, with might and main, to the utmost of my ability is, to-day, finished. This was the prime article in Stanley's confession of faith — to do the work to which he had set his hand, and in doing it, like Tennyson's Ulysses, To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Both aspects of his character, the practical and the intellectual, were revealed in the two great expeditions of 1874 and 1879. The crossing of Africa, which began in the first year, was a marvellous performance in every way. Its results were immense, for it was the true opening of the Equatorial region, and added more to geographical knowledge than any enterprise of the kind in the nineteenth century, or perhaps in any cent
s, was the only officer of the corps whose personal attention could be given to these defenses. Two of the officers in the office of the chief engineer were ordered to his assistance, and the officers of the corps on fortification duty on the sea-coast, north and east When it was just a question of time before Petersburg It was an unexpected war-time scene before the cottage of Colonel Nathaniel Michler of the Engineer Corps at Brant House, near Petersburg. It recalls the prelude to Tennyson's Princess, and the boy telling of the Christmas vacation in his deserted college halls, who swore he long'd at college, only long'd, all else was well, for she society. How much more must the boys around Petersburg, some of whom had not seen their womenkind for three years or more, have longed for their presence and all the sweetness and daintiness and gentleness that it implied. It was only a question of time now when stoutly defended Petersburg would succumb before the vigor of the Nor
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), entry manifest-destiny- (search)
meful Tariff—falsely called protective —shall have been done away with, and our manufacturers shall produce superior articles at less cost of raw material, we shall begin to compete with European countries in all the markets of the world; and the competition in manufactures will become as keen as it is now beginning to be in agriculture. In some such way as this, I believe, the industrial development of the English race outside of Europe will by-and-by enforce federalism upon Europe. It may after many more ages of political experience become apparent that there is really no reason, in the nature of things, why the whole of mankind should not constitute politically one huge federation. I believe that the time will come when such a state of things will exist upon the earth. Then it will be possible to speak of the United States as stretching from pole to pole; or, with Tennyson, to celebrate the parliament of man and the federation of the world. Manila-business offic
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Van Dyke, Henry 1852- (search)
Van Dyke, Henry 1852- Educator; born in Germantown, Pa., Nov. 10, 1852; graduated at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1869, Princeton College in 1873, Princeton Theological Seminary in 1877, and Berlin University in 1878. He was pastor of the United Congregational Church, Newport, R. I., in 1878, and of the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York, in 1883-1900; and became Professor of English Literature in Princeton University in 1900. He wrote The National sin of literary piracy; The poetry of Tennyson; The story of the other wise man, etc.
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