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A Poem About Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox by Mark Walston, Appearing in the Baltimore Review

  Appomattox Surrender 1865   Wandering carnage at twilight General Lee espied General Washington surveying, engorged on war now engaged in discourse melancholy for their commonwealth.   By bodies boating fell talk of pride and valor the price of tobacco the cost of life banquettes and lunettes demi-lunes and barbettes – vive la France – … Continue reading

Lincoln in Rockville

(Originally appeared in Bethesda Magazine) In August 1861, with the first battle of the Civil War at Manassas, Virginia, resulting in Union forces fleeing in retreat, President Abraham Lincoln embarked from the White House on a carriage ride. With him was Secretary of State William Seward, his son, Frederick, assistant Secretary of State, and General … Continue reading

The Confederate in the Courthouse Square

In 1911, on the 50th anniversary of the battle of Manassas—the first major encounter of the Civil War—a crowd of about 10,000 people gathered on the Virginia battlefield to celebrate what was called the “Peace Jubilee.” Confederate and Union veterans attended. President William Howard Taft gave the keynote address. An air of camaraderie enveloped the … Continue reading

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