Haddon, William and Gene B. collection, 1863-1864 | Amistad Research Center
Physical Description: Good
Scope and Contents: Includes four Civil War-era poems, two hand script and two printed broadsides. One hand script is of the popular song "Just Before the Battle, Mother"; on verso "Written by David E. Caswell, Bolsters Mills, Maine, Aug. 28 1864." The other hand script poem is six verses of "On the Shores of Tennessee," by Ethel Lynn Beers; this is an elegy written from the perspective of a dying landowner to his faithful slave, Pompey - and is an allegory for the Confederacy itself. The two printed broadsides may have been printed in 1863 by H. C. Little, Bridgton, Plain and Fancy Job Printer. One, dated 1863 and entitled "Emancipation," attributed to "Jacob Emerson, 87 years of age," begins with the stanza "Eighty-seven years have passed and gone, / Like a dream it seems to me, / When I first breathed the vital air, / Our country was not free" and ends "January first of sixty-three, / Put forth a firm decree / The African blood of every grade, / Henceforth should all be free. / "A jubilee was then proclaimed, / In every state was told, / Just like the Jews in ancient days, / By Mordica of old." The other broadside, undated and entitled "Secession Sympathisers," begins "Twas in the year of fifty three, / When Franklin took the chair, / All agitation he'd put down - / He frankly did declare."