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” A startling knell from Hatteras’ shore….”

Having spent a glorious few hours now researching the public response to the sinking of the Monitor, I chanced upon this little gem. Enjoy! From the Boston Daily Advertiser, Saturday, February 14, 1863 – Issue 53, page 2, column F [For the Boston Daily Advertiser.] The Monitor. I. Hail and farewell, O, Monitor! A startling […]

“Once mistress of the seas…”

In the same book we mentioned here, an anonymous poet penned this little ditty about the USS Cumberland as well. Enjoy! THE CUMBERLAND – anonymous Magnificent thy fate! Once mistress of the seas; No braver vessel ever flung A pennon to the breeze; No bark e’er died a death so grand; Such heroes never vessel […]

Brawned like Briareus….and whatnot

A review of Palmetto Pictures by Volney Hickox and published by Walter Low appeared in the  New York Evening Post 163 years ago this day.  While I would normally just give such a review a cursory glance – the following made me stop and reconsider.  Of this work the reviewer writes: “This purports to be a poem, devoted […]

The response…..

From Harper’s Weekly, January 24, 1863   THE MONITOR.   Oh loyal souls, sunk in a noble ship As e’er the waters crossed! What direful tidings ring from every lip— “The Monitor is lost!” Sunk in an instant underneath the wave, With half the crew lost in a watery grave.   And yet not lost. Within […]


From the December 20, 1862 Harper’s Weekly   WINTER. When winter rains begin, And trees are yellow and thin, And every garden bed Is a couch for the dying or dead; When woods are mouldy and dank; When the sodden river bank Is gusty, and misty, and chill, And birds are dull and still; Then may you […]

A Poetic Interlude

Forgive my radio silence, gentle blog-readers, but it has been a busy fall! However, today, as I was preparing for teaching a class for the College of William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association tomorrow, I stumbled upon this little piece of Victorian poesy and simply had to share.  Get your hankies ready!   From Harper’s Weekly, July […]

another poetic interlude

In the category of “whilst looking for something else entirely….” we give you the following ditty (and cautionary tale), straight out of Harper’s Weekly, from 150 years ago today: Fashion for the Fireside To Mrs. J. I give thee this fire-proof dress, my love. Wearing all that attire, It gives me the greatest distress, my […]

and now for something completely out of sequence….

In April 1951, the Associated Press announced (erroneously)that the USS Monitor had been found in 120 feet of water. The US Navy’s response at that time was that they had no plans to raise her. The Harvard Crimson reported that students at Harvard University had created the movement “American Students for Raising the Monitor,” and […]

Walt Whitman “Beat! Beat! Drums!”

This poem, written in 1861, in a sense was meant to awaken America to the coming of the war.  The beating of the drums and the blowing of the bugle would sound into every aspect of American life. Walt Whitman “Beat! Beat! Drums!”   Beat! beat! drums!—blow! bugles! blow! Through the windows—through doors—burst like a […]

Timeless Literature

Taken from the September 1861 edition of Southern Literary Messenger: A Magazine Devoted to Literature, Science and Art, “Unknown Heroes,” written by William Howard Perrigo, is a timeless poem.  This poem, fitting to the time period in which it was written and is certainly relevant today as many continue to make the ultimate sacrifice. UNKNOWN […]