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successful in their brilliant satire are his Farewell to Pope, England's Neutrality, and The Devil's delight.
The humour of these poems soon gave way, however, to the more heroic and tragic aspects of the war. Thompson himself wrote dirges for Ashby and Latane, both of them the finest types of Virginia gentlemen.
Mrs. Preston wrote a still more beautiful tribute to Ashby, in which she expresses one of the favourite ideas of the South—that the struggle was between the cavaliers and men of lAshby, in which she expresses one of the favourite ideas of the South—that the struggle was between the cavaliers and men of low breeding.
The tragic aspects of Virginia and the heroism of her people were visualized also by a Georgia poet, Francis O. Ticknor (1822-74), whose wife was one of the distinguished Nelsons of the Old Dominion.
His Our left is the most vivid account of the second battle of Manassas. Virginia is the best tribute we have to the commonwealth that bore the brunt of the struggle.
The more popular Virginians of the Valley suggests the most romantic story of early years and adds that the same spi