Poetry of and about the Civil War

barlows_knoll_after_first_days_battle_gettysburg_july_1_1863Gettysburg by Herman Melville

Melville’s poem is about Pickett’s Charge. In the poem, as the Confederates launch the charge, they believe God is on their side, but in the battle, God abandons them and abandons the Confederates’ cause. While the Confederates were fueled by hate and fire, the Union was fueled by righteousness. Thus, God sides with the Union.

Gettysburg by Herman Melville


 America by Walt Whitman

America by Whitman

Whitman’s own 1890 recording of “America”


O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O Captain My Captain by Whitman


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