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Title: How the Flag Became Old Glory
Author: Scott, Emma Look, Mrs., 1858-
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          HOW THE FLAG
             BECAME
           OLD GLORY


  [Illustration: United States]


           E·L·SCOTT



     HOW THE FLAG BECAME
          OLD GLORY

  [Illustration]

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  [Illustration:

    Red, white and blue--it tells its own story--
    But Spring, Who made it and named it Old Glory?--

                     _John Trotwood Moore._]



          HOW THE FLAG BECAME
               OLD GLORY

                  BY

            EMMA LOOK SCOTT

  WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY A. C. VALENTINE

              _New York_
        THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

                1915

        _All rights reserved_

  COPYRIGHT, 1912,
  BY EMMA LOOK SCOTT.


  COPYRIGHT, 1915,
  BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.


  Set up and electrotyped. Published September, 1915.


  _Norwood Press_
  J. S. Cushing Co.--Berwick & Smith Co.
  Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


THE author acknowledges her indebtedness to the following authors and
publishers for their courtesy in allowing the use of copyright material:
to Mr. Wallace Rice for "Wheeler's Brigade at Santiago"; to Mr. Charles
Francis Adams for "Pine and Palm"; to Mr. Will Allen Dromgoole for
"Soldiers"; to Mr. John Howard Jewett for a selection from "Rebel
Flags"; to Mr. John Trotwood Moore for "Old Glory at Shiloh"; to Mr.
Henry Holcomb Bennett for "The Flag Goes By"; to Mr. Clinton Scollard
for "On the Eve of Bunker Hill"; to P. J. Kenedy and Sons for "The
Conquered Banner" by Rev. Abram Joseph Ryan; to David MacKay for "Death
of Grant" by Walt Whitman; to J. B. Lippincott Company for "The Cruise
of the Monitor" by George H. Boker; to B. F. Johnson Publishing Company,
publishers of Timrod's Memorial Volume, for "Charleston" by Henry
Timrod; to the Century Company for "Farragut" by William Tuckey
Meredith; to Mr. Harry L. Flash and the Neale Publishing Company for
"Stonewall Jackson" by Henry Lynden Flash; to Mr. Will Henry Thompson
and G. P. Putnam's Sons for "The High Tide at Gettysburg"; to Mr. Isaac
R. Sherwood and G. P. Putnam's Sons for "Albert Sidney Johnston" by Kate
Brownlee Sherwood; to Mrs. Benjamin Sledd and G. P. Putnam's Sons for
"United" by Benjamin Sledd. An extract from "Home Folks" by James
Whitcomb Riley, copyright, 1900, is used by permission of the
publishers, The Bobbs-Merrill Company. The poems, "Lexington" by Oliver
Wendell Holmes, "The Building of the Ship" and "The Cumberland" by Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow, "Yorktown" by John Greenleaf Whittier,
"Fredericksburg" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich, "Kearny at Seven Pines" by E.
C. Stedman, and "Robert E. Lee" by Julia Ward Howe are printed by
permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.



CONTENTS


                                               PAGE

  THE FLAG GOES BY                               1

  OLD GLORY                                      3

  IN THE LIGHT OF THE OLD NORTH CHURCH          19

  LEXINGTON                                     23

  ON THE EVE OF BUNKER HILL                     27

  THE FLAG OF FORT STANWIX                      31

  THE KNIGHT OF THE SEA                         39

  WHERE THE STARS AND STRIPES UNFURLED          51

  THE SURRENDER OF BURGOYNE                     56

  THE YOKE OF BRITAIN BROKEN                    57

  YORKTOWN                                      60

  FROM THE OTHER SIDE                           62

  THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER                      66

  THE DEFENSE OF THE CRESCENT CITY              68

  THE CIVIL WAR                                 77

  CHARLESTON                                    79

  FREDERICKSBURG                                81

  CIVIL WAR                                     82

  'ROUND SHILOH CHURCH                          84

  ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON                        91

  OLD GLORY AT SHILOH                           96

  THE FLAG OF THE CUMBERLAND                   100

  THE CUMBERLAND                               104

  THE MONITOR                                  107

  THE CRUISE OF THE MONITOR                    110

  THE NIGHT OF CHANTILLY                       114

  KEARNEY AT SEVEN PINES                       120

  THE CAVALRY CHARGE                           122

  AN IMMORTAL TWAIN                            125

  STONEWALL JACKSON                            132

  THE HIGH TIDE AT GETTYSBURG                  133

  UNITED                                       138

  OLD HEART OF OAK                             140

  FARRAGUT                                     151

  PINE AND PALM                                154

  THE CONQUERED BANNER                         157

  THE CONQUERED BANNER                         159

  DEATH OF GRANT                               162

  ROBERT E. LEE                                164

  OLD GLORY ON THE ISLAND                      166

  WHEELER'S BRIGADE AT SANTIAGO                170

  SOLDIERS                                     172



HOW THE FLAG BECAME OLD GLORY



HOW THE FLAG BECAME OLD GLORY



THE FLAG GOES BY


    HATS off!
    Along the street there comes
    A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
    A flash of color beneath the sky;
    Hats off!
    The flag is passing by!

    Blue and crimson and white it shines,
    Over the steel-tipped ordered lines,
    Hats off!
    The colors before us fly!
    But more than the flag is passing by.

    Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
    Fought to make and to save the State.
    Weary marches and sinking ships;
    Cheers of victory on dying lips.

    Days of plenty and years of peace;
    March of a strong land's swift increase;
    Equal justice, right and law,
    Stately honor and reverent awe;

    Sign of a Nation, great and strong
    To ward her people from foreign wrong:
    Pride and glory and honor--all
    Live in the colors to stand or fall.

    Hats off!
    Along the street there comes
    A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
    And loyal hearts are beating high:
    Hats off!
    The flag is passing by!

                     HENRY HOLCOMB BENNETT.



OLD GLORY


WHILE every American citizen recognizes the significance of the term
"Old Glory" as applied to the national flag, when and where and by whom
the nation's emblem was christened with this endearing and enduring
sobriquet is a matter of historic interest less understood.

In the early epoch-making period of the nation's history William Driver,
a lad of twelve years, native of Salem, Mass., begged of his mother
permission to go to sea. With her consent he shipped as cabin boy on the
sailing vessel _China_, bound for Leghorn, a voyage of eighteen months.

On this first voyage the courageous spirit of the youth manifested
itself in a determination to disprove the words of the ship's owner,
made to him at the beginning of the voyage: "All boys on their first
voyage eat more than they earn."

In appreciation of the mettle shown by the lad, the owner presented
him, upon the return from the cruise, with twenty-eight dollars in
silver, besides his wages of five dollars per month. He carried the
money to his mother, who wisely admonished him to do the very best he
could under every circumstance, a charge he never forgot.

His intrepid spirit brought the youthful mariner rapid and deserved
promotion. His eighteenth year found him master of a vessel. Those were
hazardous days upon the sea, and more than once his ship was subjected
to indignity and outrage incident to seafaring of that period. But
throughout a long career as master of a merchantman the Stars and
Stripes was never lowered from the masthead nor sullied by defeat or by
dishonor.

  [Illustration: CAPTAIN WILLIAM DRIVER.]

The sailor, of all men, venerates his nation's flag. To him it is the
visible and tangible token of the government he serves, and in it he
beholds all the government's strength and virtue. To William Driver,
therefore, the Stars and Stripes typified the glory of the land and of
the sea. And seeing his nation's symbol float dauntless and triumphant
above stress of every encounter and happening upon the deep enkindled
the inherent love in his heart for it to enthusiastic ardor, and in
thought he called the flag "Old Glory."

A simple incident, but fraught with unread meaning, gave the name into
the nation's keep, albeit its formal christening and national adoption
was not to come until the soil beneath its folds should be deep-dyed
with the blood of conflict between the land's own countrymen.

  [Illustration: _Photo of Original Flag._

  "OLD GLORY."]

In 1831, as master of the brig _Charles Daggett_, about to set sail for
a voyage around the world from Salem, Mass., Captain Driver was
presented by the citizens with a large bunting flag in commendation of
his services upon the sea and his well-known love for his country's
emblem. This flag, when presented, was rolled in the form of a triangle,
and the halyards bent. A young sailor, stepping forward, said: "In
ancient times, when an ocean voyage was looked upon with superstitious
dread, it was the custom on the eve of departure to roll the banner in
form of a triangle. When ready and bent like this, a priest stepped
forward and, taking the banner in his hand, sprinkled it with
consecrated water and dedicated it to 'God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Ghost,' turning the point of the triangle upward at the
name of each, thus calling on that sacred unity of Creator, Redeemer,
and Sanctifier to bless the national emblem and prosper the voyagers and
their friends. The flag thus consecrated was then hoisted to the
masthead."

With glistening eyes the captain watched the hoisting of the flag; and
as it fell into position at the masthead of his ship and the colors
unfurled to the breeze, he shouted: "I'll call her Old Glory, boys, Old
Glory!"

Cheer after cheer rent the air. The signals of departure were sounded,
the cables were cast off, and the good ship set sail for foreign ports.

This was the ninth and most memorable voyage made by Captain Driver.
From the island of Tahiti he rescued the suffering descendants of the
mutineers of the English ship _Bounty_, and at risk of grave
considerations turned his vessel from her outlined course and returned
them to their beautiful and longed-for home, Pitcairn, in the waters of
the South Pacific, the settlement of an island, which marks one of the
memorable events of English naval history.

Captain Driver made his last voyage around the globe in command of the
_Black Warrior_. At the masthead flew his Salem flag, Old Glory, to
which he never referred but by that loving pseudonym.

He left the sea in 1837 to become a resident of Nashville, Tenn. He
carried Old Glory with him as a sacred relic, carefully deposited in a
heavy, brass-bound, camphorwood sea chest that had accompanied him on
all his voyages. On legal holidays, on St. Patrick's day (which was his
own birthday), and on days of especial celebration in the Southern city
Old Glory was released from confinement and thrown to the light from
some window of the Driver residence or hung on a rope across the street
in a triumphal arch under which all processions passed.

At the outbreak of the civil strife Captain Driver avowed his Union
sympathies and stood openly for his convictions in the face of business
losses, arrest, and threatened banishment.

  [Illustration: THE CHEST IN WHICH "OLD GLORY" RESTED.]

Just after the secession of the State he daringly flaunted his Old Glory
flag from his window; then, fearing its confiscation (which his action
had rendered liable), he procured a calico quilt of royal purple hue,
and with the aid of two neighboring women sewed it up between the
coverings and hid the quilt in his old sea chest.

Again and again the house was searched by Confederate soldiers for this
flag, but without success.

Under the purple Old Glory rested. The flag of the Confederacy waved
above the Capitol; and Nashville, in pride, prosperity, and splendor,
basked in the promise of ultimate victory to the Southland.

But to a rude awakening this fancied security was foredoomed. Suddenly,
like the breaking of a terrific thunderclap above the city, came the
awesome cry: "Fort Donelson has fallen!"

Fort Donelson fallen meant Nashville's subjection. Terror-stricken, the
people rushed wildly in every direction, and the most ill-founded
reports in the excitement gained ready credence. It was announced that
General Buell would speedily arrive and open his batteries from across
the river, and that gunboats would lay the city in ruins. Some of the
citizens urged the burning of the city, that no spoils might be left to
the enemy.

The fine suspension bridge across the Cumberland was fired. The
commissaries were thrown open, and vast quantities of public stores,
amounting to millions of dollars, were distributed among the inhabitants
or destroyed. The archives of the State were hurriedly conveyed to
Memphis. In the mad desire to escape an impending doom of whose nature
they were wholly ignorant, residents vacated their houses and left
priceless furnishings a prey to the invading army. On foot, on
horseback, by wagon, by any available means that best favored their
flight, the crowds surged out of the conquered city.

Notwithstanding the apprehensions of speedy hostilities, it was a week
later before General Buell was encamped in Edgefield, opposite the city.
To him the mayor formally surrendered Nashville. A proclamation was
issued assuring the inhabitants of protection in person and property.

Up the Cumberland steamed fifteen transports and one gunboat--General
Nelson's wing of the Union army. From the levee came the clamor and
shouts of men, the rattle of musketry, and din of many feet. The Sixth
Ohio was the first regiment to land. Captain Driver was an interested
observer of the scene. "Now," said he, "hath the hour of Old Glory
come!"

Lieutenant Thacher, of the Sixth, with a squad of soldiers, left the
regiment and escorted Captain Driver to his home, a few blocks distant.
They wrested Old Glory from its hiding place and, with the old mariner
bearing the flag in his arms, quickly rejoined the regiment.

Up the hill, amidst rattle of drum and sounding trumpets, passed the
bluecoats to the Capitol. There a small regimental flag was being
hoisted. Suddenly a hush fell upon the waiting victors. The figure of
Captain Driver appeared high against the dome of the Statehouse. The
strains of "The Star-Spangled Banner" burst upon the ear; and amid
cheers and cries of "Old Glory! Old Glory!" that echoed to the distant
hills the old sea flag unfurled and floated above the topmost pinnacle
of the Capitol of Tennessee. And thus Old Glory received her formal
christening.

  [Illustration: AMID CHEERS AND CRIES OF "OLD GLORY! OLD GLORY!" THAT
  ECHOED TO THE DISTANT HILLS THE OLD SEA FLAG UNFURLED AND FLOATED
  ABOVE THE TOPMOST PINNACLE OF THE CAPITOL OF TENNESSEE.]

Swarming over the city, bent on various quests, went the victorious
Federals. Not so the old sailor. The revered flag, flaunting the colors
so joyously above his head once more, was far too weather-beaten, he
feared, to withstand long the stiff breeze blowing about the elevated
site. Torn to ribbons it must not be, howsoever good the cause.

Quietly he watched and waited about the grounds until after nightfall,
when, under cover of the darkness, he again ascended the dome, rescued
his beloved old flag, and swung in its place a big merino one that had
figured as a campaign flag in 1840, when "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was
the slogan of the Whig Party. He then carried Old Glory to his home and
laid it tenderly away in the old sea locker so long dedicated to its
use.

Very gradually thereafter the pleasing appellation, Old Glory, made its
impress upon the speech of the populace, until, in the later nineties,
the "Hoosier Poet" was moved to expression in verse:

    Old Glory, the story we're wanting to hear,
    Is what the plain facts of your christening were,
    For your name, just to hear it,
    Repeat it and cheer it, s'tang to the spirit
    As salt as a tear.
    And seeing you fly and the boys marching by,
    There's a shout in the throat and a blur in the eye
    And an aching to live for you always or die;
    And so, by our love for you floating above,
    And the scars of all wars and the sorrows thereof,
    Who gave you the name of Old Glory?

                     JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY.

But to the query the sealed lips of the old seaman answered not. For him
had come the higher summons.

Captain Driver's death occurred in Nashville in 1886. At the head of his
grave, in the old City Cemetery, stands a unique monument of his own
designing. Upon an old tree trunk, in stone, appears a ship's anchor and
cable. At the top of the anchor is inscribed the beloved pseudonym of
his heart's own coinage, above him here, even in his last sleep: "His
ship, his country, and his flag--Old Glory." About his body when placed
within the casket was wrapped a United States flag.

A few years prior to his death Captain Driver placed his Old Glory flag
in the hands of his elder daughter, Mrs. Roland, of Wells, Nev., who was
then on a visit to him, saying brokenly as he resigned it: "Take this
flag and cherish it as I have done. I love it as a mother loves her
child. It has been with me, and it has protected me in all parts of the
world."

Worn and faded and tattered, this flag is still in the possession of
Mrs. Roland; and in her far Western home it is displayed on patriotic
occasions and the story of its naming repeated. Another, presumably the
Whig flag herein mentioned, and that, as has been shown, also flew over
the Capitol of Tennessee, was sent by Captain Driver, upon request, to
the Essex Institute, of Massachusetts. Some confusion has of late arisen
in the public mind regarding the identity of the two flags, it having
been generally believed that the original Old Glory was the flag in the
Massachusetts Institute. This impression is, however, doubtless
erroneous.

Notwithstanding a somewhat brusque address and a marked individuality of
speech and action, Captain Driver was a man of warm and kindly nature.
Although a stanch Unionist, he lent a ready and willing hand to the
suffering ones of the South. He married the first time Miss Martha
Babbage, of Salem, Mass. For his second wife he espoused a Southern
woman, Sarah J. Parks, of Nashville, Tenn. Two of his sons bore arms in
the Confederate service. One of these gave his life for the "lost
cause."

       *       *       *       *       *

It remained for yet another conflict after the civil strife to bring the
name Old Glory into general and popular use, FOR THE BLENDED RANKS OF
THE BLUE AND THE GRAY OPPOSED A COMMON FOE. When the North and the South
joined hands against a foreign power and floated the Stars and Stripes
above the emblem of Spain upon the island of Cuba, the flag of the Union
became Old Glory to every man of the nation.



IN THE LIGHT OF THE OLD NORTH CHURCH

     "History points no struggle for liberty which has in it more of the
     moral sublime than that of the American Revolution."


THEY were a godly people, these revolutionary fathers of ours. They
prayed as they thought; and they fought as they believed and prayed.
They sought no quarrel with the mother country; they asked only
independent action, considering themselves full grown in point of
knowledge of their needs and desires, although but infants in age as
compared with other subjects of Great Britain.

When, therefore, Old England announced, "You shall pay taxes!" the
colonists demurred.

"We are not represented in your Parliament; we have no voice in your
councils!"

"But you must pay taxes," she commanded.

They replied, "We will not."

"I will compel you," retorted she.

  [Illustration: THE OLD NORTH CHURCH.]

"If you can," was the answer.

A British fleet then sailed into Boston harbor, and British soldiers
swarmed over Boston town. This action enraged the citizens. It angered
the "Sons of Liberty," whose name is self-explanatory and whose slogan
was "Liberty or Death," and inspired them to more vigorous efforts
toward freedom from Britain's power. The "Minute Men" were organized and
stood ready to the summons, ready at a minute's notice to leave forest,
field, or fireside, to take up arms in defense of their liberties and
their rights.

The spirit of dissension ran rife; and petty altercations between the
British soldiers and the citizens were of daily occurrence. A trivial
happening brought about the Boston Massacre. A "Son of Liberty" and a
British soldier disputed the right of way of a street passage.

"Stand aside," said the one.

"Give way," said the other.

Neither would yield. Blows followed. Rocks flew. The soldiers marshaled
and fired into the crowd. Several citizens were killed. The town was
ablaze with excitement. And the governor had finally to withdraw the
troops from Boston.

When antagonism had abated in degree, King George devised new measures
of taxation and stirred ill feeling again. Boston brewed British tea in
the ocean. England disliked the taste of it. The people were declared
Rebels; and the charter of Massachusetts was annulled by Parliament. Ten
thousand British soldiers then came over. Boston Neck was seized and
fortified. The colonists were to be forced into obedience.

Then from Lexington and Concord the signals of revolt were sounded--

    "They were building well for a race unborn,
    As the British plowed through the waving corn,
    For the birth-pang of Freedom rang that morn."

The Battle of Bunker Hill that followed was but the natural sequence.
Defeated though the patriots were in this their first real battle, it
was a defeat that spelled for them ultimate victory. This they
recognized dimly, but certainly, as they knew that they had gone into
battle with a prayer on their lips for themselves, for their homes, and
their country. Their hearts were fired anew for freedom. Their arms
would be strengthened to their desires. As the lights from the belfry of
Old North Church revealed to Paul Revere the route the British were to
take against them in the memorable beginnings at Lexington and Concord,
so the light from the Great Book above its chancel rail would direct
them the way they should go.

  [Illustration: THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON.]



LEXINGTON

     With one impulse the colonies sprung to arms; with one spirit they
     pledged themselves to each other, "to be ready for the extreme
     event." With one heart the continent cried, "Liberty or Death!"

                     BANCROFT.


    SLOWLY the mist o'er the meadow was creeping,
    Bright on the dewy buds glistened the sun,
    When from his couch while his children were sleeping,
    Rose the bold rebel, and shouldered his gun.
    Waving her golden veil
    Over the silent dale,
    Blithe looked the morning on cottage and spire;
    Hushed was his parting sigh,
    While from his noble eye,
    Flashed the last sparkle of liberty's fire.

    On the smooth green, where the fresh leaf is springing,
    Calmly the first-born of glory have met,
    Hark! the death-volley around them is ringing!
    Look! with their lifeblood the young grass is wet!
    Faint is the feeble breath,
    Murmuring low in death,--
    "Tell to our sons how their fathers have died;"
    Nerveless the iron hand,
    Raised for its native land,
    Lies by the weapon that gleams at its side.

    Over the hillsides the wild knell is tolling,
    From their far hamlets the yeomanry come;
    As through the storm-clouds the thunderburst rolling
    Circles the beat of the mustering drum.
    Fast on the soldier's path
    Darken the waves of wrath,
    Long have they gathered and loud shall they fall;
    Red glares the muskets' flash,
    Sharp rings the rifles' crash
    Blazing and clanging from thicket and wall.

    Gayly the plume of the horseman was dancing,
    Never to shadow his cold brow again;
    Proudly at morning the war steed was prancing,
    Reeking and panting he droops on the rein;
    Pale is the lip of scorn,
    Voiceless the trumpet horn,
    Torn is the silken-fringed red cross on high;
    Many a belted breast
    Low on the turf shall rest,
    Ere the dark hunters the herd have passed by.

    Snow-girdled crags where the hoarse wind is raving,
    Rocks where the weary floods murmur and wail,
    Wilds where the fern by the furrow is waving,
    Reeled with the echoes that rode on the gale;
    Far as the tempest thrills
    Over the darkened hills
    Far as the sunshine streams over the plain,
    Roused by the tyrant band,
    Woke all the mighty land,
    Girded for battle, from mountain to main.

    Green be the graves where her martyrs are lying!
    Shroudless and tombless they sank to their rest,
    While o'er their ashes the starry fold flying
    Wraps the proud eagle they roused from his nest!
    Borne on her Northern pine,
    Long o'er the foaming brine,
    Spread her broad banner to storm and to sun;
    Heaven keep her ever free,
    Wide as o'er land and sea,
    Floats the fair emblem her heroes have won!

                     O. W. HOLMES.

  [Illustration: THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL.]



ON THE EVE OF BUNKER HILL

     The consequences of the battle of Bunker Hill were greater than
     those of any ordinary conflict. It was the first great battle of
     the Revolution, and not only the first blow, but the blow which
     determined the contest. When the sun of that day went down, the
     event of independence was no longer doubtful.

                     WEBSTER.


June 16, 1775

    'TWAS June on the face of the earth, June with the rose's breath,
    When life is a gladsome thing, and a distant dream is death;
    There was gossip of birds in the air, and the lowing of herds by the wood,
    And a sunset gleam in the sky that the heart of a man holds good;
    Then the nun-like Twilight came, violet vestured and still,
    And the night's first star outshone afar on the eve of Bunker Hill:

    There rang a cry through the camp, with its word upon rousing word;
    There was never a faltering foot in the ranks of those that heard.
    Lads from the Hampshire hills and the rich Connecticut vales,
    Sons of the old Bay Colony, from its shores and its inland dales;
    Swiftly they fell in line; no fear could their valor chill;
    Ah, brave the show as they ranged a-row on the eve of Bunker Hill.

    Then a deep voice lifted a prayer to God of the brave and the true
    And the heads of the men were bare in the gathering dusk and dew;
    The heads of a thousand men were bowed as the pleading rose,--
    Smite Thou, Lord, as of old Thou smotest Thy people's foes!
    Oh, nerve Thy Servants' arms to work with a mighty will!
    A hush, and then a loud Amen! on the eve of Bunker Hill!

    Now they are gone through the night with never a thought of fame,
    Gone to the field of a fight that shall win them deathless name;
    Some shall never again behold the set of the sun,
    But lie like the Concord slain, and the slain of Lexington,
    Martyrs to Freedom's cause. Ah, how at their deeds we thrill,
    The men whose might made strong the height on the eve of Bunker Hill.

                     CLINTON SCOLLARD.



THE FLAG OF FORT STANWIX


TRITE but true is the old adage that necessity is the mother of
invention. The first flag that flew over an American fort was
constructed from an "ammunition shirt, a blue jacket captured from the
British, and a woman's red petticoat."

The garrison at Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler) had no flag; but it had
possession of the fort despite the siege of twenty days against it by
the British; and it had five British standards taken from the enemy. So
it improvised a flag and, with cheers and yells befitting the occasion,
ran the British standards upside down upon the flag mast and swung the
Stars and Stripes above them. The redcoats looked, and, it is safe to
assert, laughed not, as to them the humor of the situation was not
appealing. But if they were lacking in the sense of humor, these sons of
Old England were not lacking in persistence, and they besieged the fort
with steady determination.

Fort Stanwix stood at the head of navigation of the Mohawk River and was
an important feature in the plan of General Burgoyne to cut off New
England from the southern colonies and thus control the whole country.
Embarking upon this expedition, he had instructed his army: "The
services required are critical and conspicuous. Difficulty, nor labor,
nor life are to be regarded. The army must not retreat." As he advanced
down the Hudson he swept everything before him. Ticonderoga, Mount
Defiance, Whitehall, Fort Edward, each in turn fell: and he now
anticipated no successful resistance to his forces.

At the beginning of General Burgoyne's invasion a force of Canadians,
Hessians, New York Tories, and Indians commanded by General St. Leger
had been sent against Fort Stanwix. The post was held by General
Gansevoort with some seven hundred and fifty men. They were ill supplied
with ammunition and had few provisions. To Burgoyne defeat seemed here
impossible. The siege had, however, been anticipated by the garrison,
and the men had determined to hold out to the last extremity.

Word was surreptitiously conveyed to Colonel Willett within the fort
that General Herkimer would set out with eight hundred volunteers to
reënforce him and that a successful sortie might be made against the
besiegers by acting in conjunction with General Herkimer's forces. This
sortie was to be made when a certain signal was given. But the best-laid
plans, as we all have doubtless learned by experience, are not always
dependable.

St. Leger in this case learned of Herkimer's advance and sent the
savages under his command to intercept and ambuscade him. A terrible
hand-to-hand combat ensued in which a hundred and sixty of the colonists
were killed and the loss to the Indians was as great. General Herkimer's
horse was shot under him and he himself wounded severely in the leg.
Notwithstanding his agony he insisted upon being placed with his back
against a tree for support, and therefrom he continued to direct the
battle. In the heat of the contest he lighted his pipe and smoked.

The further advance of the Americans to the succor of the fort was
prevented, but Colonel Willett, in ignorance of this, made his sally
from the fort at the hour appointed. Marvelous to state, the British
were taken wholly by surprise and, having no time to form, fled. The
Americans took possession of their supplies and their standards, as
before mentioned, and retired to the fort.

Failing to shell or starve them out, St. Leger then began efforts to
induce a surrender. Two of his American prisoners were compelled to
write letters to the commandant at the fort, exaggerating the strength
of the enemy and urging, in the name of humanity, a surrender. To this
Gansevoort returned no answer. St. Leger then tried another plan.

A white flag appeared before the garrison. Two British officers were
blindfolded and admitted to the fort. They were courteously received
and, when they were seated, were proffered refreshments. One of the
officers then presented the message of General St. Leger, which was in
substance a threat, couched in polite language, that if the fort was not
surrendered, the Indians would be turned loose upon the country, and
not only the men but all the women and children would be tomahawked. Not
one should escape. But if the garrison would capitulate, not only would
these evils be averted, but none of the garrison should be injured or
made prisoners.

Colonel Willett arose. "I consider, Sir," said he, "the message you
bring a degrading one for a British officer to send and by no means
reputable for a British officer to carry. I would suffer my body to be
filled with splinters and set on fire, and such outrages are not
uncommon in your army, before I would deliver this garrison to your
mercy. After you get out of it, never expect to enter it again unless
you come as a prisoner."

Provisions were running low, and some uneasiness became manifest in the
fort. Colonel Willett, observing this, assured the men, "I will make a
sally in the night, if compelled by lack of supplies, and cut our way
through the besiegers or die in the attempt." The siege had now
continued more than twenty days, when to the surprise of the garrison it
was suddenly raised. This was due, it shortly appeared, to a ruse of
General Arnold; Arnold the valiant, Arnold the traitor.

Among the prisoners of Arnold was a young half-witted fellow who was
condemned to death. His sorrowing mother never ceased her pleading with
General Arnold for her son's life. Accordingly one day he proposed to
her this expedient: That her son, Hon Yost by name, should make his way
to Fort Stanwix and in some way so alarm the British that they would
raise the siege. Eagerly the old mother promised this should be done and
offered herself as hostage for the fulfillment of the mission. To this
Arnold would not consent, but retained another son in her place.

Before starting on his errand, Hon Yost's clothing was riddled with
bullets to indicate escape from the Americans. Reaching the camp of the
Indians, he told in a mysterious way of a premeditated attack upon them
and aroused their fears. St. Leger heard of his arrival and questioned
him. To St. Leger he related a touching story of his capture and
miraculous escape from execution, and by signs, words, and gestures
made it appear that he was an emissary of Providence to aid in their
preservation. Canadians, Hessians, all became uneasy. When he was asked
the number of the Americans about to descend upon them, Hon Yost pointed
to the leaves of the trees to indicate a legion. In his efforts to
terrorize he was ably seconded by a young Indian who had accompanied
him. Panic seized the camps. In vain St. Leger strove to allay the
frenzy. The result was precipitate flight.

  [Illustration: WHEN HE WAS ASKED THE NUMBER OF THE AMERICANS ABOUT TO
  DESCEND UPON THEM, HON YOST POINTED TO THE LEAVES OF THE TREES TO
  INDICATE A LEGION.]

It is given by one authority that St. Leger was himself becoming as
apprehensive of his red-faced allies as he was of the enemy he was
fighting.

The fears he had sought to instill in the minds of the garrison were now
returned upon his own head.



THE KNIGHT OF THE SEA

(OUR FIRST EUROPEAN SALUTE)


INSEPARABLY connected with the Stars and Stripes must ever be the name
of John Paul Jones.

The "Untitled Knight of the Sea," the Duchess de Chartres--mother of
Louis Philippe, afterward King of France; and granddaughter of a high
admiral of France--was fond of calling him. For albeit John Paul Jones
was of Scotch peasant ancestry, his associates were people of the
highest intellect and rank. In appearance he was handsome; in manner
prepossessing; and in speech he was a linguist, having at easy command
the English, French, and Spanish languages. His surname was Paul. The
name Jones was inherited with a fine plantation in America.

The call of the sea was strong to the lad and of its dangers he had no
fear. An old seaman one day watched him handle a fishing yawl in a
heavy storm and thought he could never weather the squall. "That is my
son, John," said his father calmly. "He will fetch her in all right. It
is not much of a squall for him." The man complimented the boy and
offered him a berth on his ship then bound for America, little dreaming
that in so doing he would carry to the New World the Father of the
American Navy.

Studious and ambitious, the boy devoted his leisure moments to acquiring
the most intricate knowledge of his profession and soon held positions
of command. When the news of the battle of Lexington reached him, he
offered his services to Congress. He was made _First Lieutenant of the
Alfred, and over this ship hoisted the first emblem shown on an American
naval vessel_. The design of this flag was a pine tree with a
rattlesnake coiled at the roots and the motto, "Don't tread on me," on a
background of yellow silk.

June 14th, 1777, was made notable in American annals by the resolution
passed by Congress for a new flag. Embodied in the resolution the name
of John Paul Jones appears thus:--

"Resolved--That the flag of the Thirteen United States of America be
Thirteen Stripes, alternate Red and White; that the Union be Thirteen
Stars on a Blue Field; Representing a New Constellation:

"Resolved--That Captain John Paul Jones be appointed to command the ship
_Ranger_."

Paul Jones' remarks upon the resolutions were significant: "The flag and
I are twins; born the same hour from the same womb of destiny. We cannot
be parted in life or in death. So long as we can float we shall float
together. If we must sink, we shall go down as one."

Before the _Ranger_ was launched, Jones was informed that he was to be
the bearer of most important news to France. This news was the daily
expected surrender of Burgoyne, the surrender that was so powerfully to
affect the result of the war for independence. As to his fitness for
conveying such a message, Lafayette attested thus: "To captivate the
French fancy, Captain Jones possesses, far beyond any other officer in
your service, that peculiar aplomb, grace of manner, charm of person,
and dash of character," a compliment better understood when it is
remembered that an alliance with France against Great Britain was then
sought by Congress.

The _Ranger_ lay in the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, ready for
sailing, and Jones _with his own hands raised the flag to the masthead,
the first American flag to fly over a man-of-war_. Jones had already
brought credit to the American navy by the capture of prizes in American
waters; now he was to serve his country's interests off the coast of
England.

The tang of autumn was in the air when he set sail for France.
Fulfilling his mission at Nantes, Jones set out for Brest, where the
fleet of France was anchored. Would the Stars and Stripes, the symbol of
the New Republic across the sea, be recognized by salute? The question
was in every mind aboard ships, and the answer eagerly awaited in the
United States. A note couched in the diplomatic and elegant terms of
which Paul Jones was master, was sent by him to the admiral of the
French fleet, inquiring whether or not the flag would receive
recognition. "It will," came back the answer. With that the _Ranger
glided gracefully through the fleet of ships; and Old Glory, in all the
radiance of her new birth and coloring, waved response from the masthead
to her first salute from European powers_. We, even after the long lapse
of intervening years, feel still the thrill of her exultation.

Two months later the alliance between America and France was signed. The
Duchess de Chartres became greatly interested in the young naval
officer; and, having it in her power to advance his interests, she one
day at a dinner presented him with a fine Louis Quintze watch that had
belonged to her grandfather, saying, "He hated the English; and I love
the Americans."

Paul Jones' response to the gift was as graceful as had been the
presentation. "May it please your Royal Highness, if fortune should
favor me at sea, I will some day lay an English frigate at your feet."
Two years later he did this and more.

France had promised Jones a new ship better suited to his capabilities
than the _Ranger_. But diplomatic affairs between nations move slowly,
and in this case the waiting became tedious. Jones had exhausted the
pleasures of court circles to which he had been admitted and he longed
for the life of the sea. He finally preferred his request directly to
the king and shortly afterward was given, not the great sea monster he
had been led to expect, but an insignificant looking craft called _Le
Duras_. In compliment to Dr. Franklin's magazine of the name and in
humorous comment of the ship's appearance, he renamed it the _Bon Homme
Richard_, meaning the _Poor Richard_. But with the _Poor Richard_, as
with the human form, the spirit which animated it was the controlling
power; and the valor of Paul Jones was to send the name of the _Bon
Homme Richard_ ringing down through the ages of all time.

As Captain Jones of the _Ranger_, he had captured the _Drake_, in a big
sea fight, and surprised England; and now, as Commodore Jones, he was to
win distinction as the greatest of naval heroes.

Off the English coast at Flamborough Head, he sighted an English fleet.
The flagship was the _Serapis_, in command of Captain Pearson. As the
_Bon Homme Richard_ approached the _Serapis_, Captain Pearson raised his
glass and remarked: "That is probably Paul Jones. If so, there is work
ahead."

The salute affectionate between the vessels, after the formal hail, was
a broadside. Then they fought, fought like fiends incarnate, clinched in
each other's arms, in the death grapple, fought without flinching and,
be it said, to the glory of the American navy and the credit of the
English. The _Bon Homme_ was on fire and sinking. Captain Pearson,
noting the situation, called, "Have you struck your colors?"

Above the smoke and din of the conflict, Jones' voice answered, "I have
just begun to fight, Sir."

He then lashed his ship to the _Serapis_, and stood, himself, at the
guns.

"Shall we be quitting, Jamie?" he said in banter to a Scotchman at his
side.

"There is still a shot in the locker, Sir," replied the Scot.

"I thought," said Captain Pearson afterward, "Jones' answer to me meant
mere bravado. But I soon perceived that it was the defiance of a man
desperate enough, if he could not conquer, to sink with his ship."

The _Bon Homme Richard's_ sides were shot away; her prisoners loose; her
decks strewn with the dead and dying; the _Alliance_, her companion
ship, had turned traitor and fired into her. When the fight seemed
well-nigh lost, a well-directed blow brought disaster to the _Serapis_,
and she hauled down her colors. As Captain Pearson surrendered his
sword, Commodore Jones remarked, "You have fought heroically, Sir. I
trust your sovereign may suitably reward you." To this Captain Pearson
returned no answer.

The wonderful combat on the sea became the talk of all Europe. Paul
Jones' name was honored wherever spoken. Contrary to court etiquette, he
was invited to occupy apartments in the palace of the Duke and Duchess
de Chartres. While he was there, a banquet was tendered him. During the
progress of the dining, he called an attendant to bring from his
apartment a leather case. This when it was opened disclosed a sword.
Turning to the duchess, the commodore asked if she recalled his
promise to lay a frigate at her feet one day? "Your Royal Highness
perceives," he went on, "the impossibility of keeping my promise in
kind. The English frigate proved to be a 44 on two decks; the best I can
do toward keeping my word of two years ago, is to place in your hands
the sword of the brave officer who commanded the English 44. I have the
honor to surrender to the loveliest woman the sword surrendered to me by
one of the bravest of men,--the sword of Captain Richard Pearson, of his
Britannic Majesty's late ship the _Serapis_."

  [Illustration: "I HAVE THE HONOR TO SURRENDER TO THE LOVELIEST WOMAN
  THE SWORD SURRENDERED TO ME BY ONE OF THE BRAVEST OF MEN."]

The Royal Order of Military Merit with the title of Chevalier and the
gift of a gold-mounted sword were conferred upon him by the king of
France. Upon returning to America, he was given the rank of Head of the
Navy.

Remarkable as was the career of Paul Jones, the winds did not always set
in his favor. Many times was his life bark driven through the waters of
bitter disappointment. But "all that he was, and all that he did, and
all that he knew, was the result of self-help to a degree unexampled in
the histories of great men."

The flag of the _Ranger_, saluted by the French fleet, was transferred
by Jones to the _Bon Homme Richard_, and, says he, in his journal as
given by Buell, "was left flying when we abandoned her; the very last
vestige mortal ever saw of the _Bon Homme Richard_ was the defiant
waving of her unconquered and unstricken flag as she went down. And as I
had given them the good old ship for their sepulcher, I now bequeathed
to my immortal dead the Flag they had so desperately defended, for their
winding sheet." Here was: "the only flag," says one, "flying at the
bottom of the sea, over the only ship that ever sunk in victory."[1]

        And everywhere,
    The slender graceful spars
    Poise aloft in the air
    And at the masthead
    White, blue, and red,
    A flag unfolds, the Stripes and Stars.
    Ah, when the wanderers, lonely, friendless,
    In foreign harbors shall behold
    That flag unrolled,
    'Twill be as a friendly hand
    Stretched out from native land,
    Filling his heart with memories
    Sweet and endless.

                     LONGFELLOW.

    [1] In Preble's "History of the Flags of the United States," it is
    given that when the _Bon Homme Richard_ was sinking the flag was
    transferred to the _Serapis_, and was afterward presented by the
    Marine Committee to James Bayard Stafford of the _Bon Homme Richard_
    for meritorious services.



WHERE THE STARS AND STRIPES UNFURLED


BURGOYNE was in the enemy's country. He was cut off from reënforcements.
His very efforts to separate the colonies now recoiled upon his own
armies. He could neither advance nor retreat with safety. For two weeks
the opposing armies had stood opposite each other without fire. In
desperation the British general now hazarded another battle. After a
sustained and terrible struggle Burgoyne went down in defeat. His best
and bravest officers were lost and seven hundred of his men were killed.
General Frazer, beloved by every British soldier and respected by those
opposed to him, had fallen at the hands of one of Morgan's riflemen, of
whom it was said, they could strike an apple in mid-air and shoot out
every seed.

On the American side Benedict Arnold, although divested of his command,
had ridden to the front of his old regiment and became "the inspiring
genius of the battle." He charged right into the British lines and
received a severe wound. He received also the disapproval of General
Gates and the reprimand of Congress. The battle raged furiously until
nightfall, when the proud Briton who had boasted "the British never
retreat" fled under cover of the darkness. He gained the heights of
Saratoga, where he found himself completely hemmed in by the Americans.
With but three days' rations between his army and starvation, he was
forced to surrender. While he was holding consultation with his officers
concerning this, a cannon ball passed over the table at which they were
sitting, and, no doubt, hastened their conclusions.

Colonel Kingston was detailed to confer with the American general on
articles of capitulation. He was conducted blindfolded to General Gates
and with him arranged the formalities. The morning of October 17,
seventeen hundred and ninety-one British subjects became prisoners of
war. They marched to Fort Hardy on the banks of the Hudson and, in the
presence of Generals Morgan, Wilkerson, and Lewis, laid down their
arms. The eyes of many of the men were suffused with tears; others among
them stamped upon their muskets in anger.

The colors had been preserved to the British army through the foresight
of General Riedesel, who had handed them to his wife for safe-keeping.
To the credit of the victorious Americans, it is said, they showed no
disrespect to the defeated foe. "General Gates," wrote Lieutenant
Ansbury, one of the captured officers, "revealed exceeding nobleness and
generosity toward the captives, commanding the troops to wheel round the
instant arms were grounded. And he, himself, drew down the curtains of
the carriage in which he was sitting, as the troops passed him in
returning."

For the formal surrender of General Burgoyne to General Gates a marquee
had been erected near the latter's old quarters. To this came the
British general and staff in full court dress. General Gates appeared in
plain clothes with nothing to indicate his rank. As the two generals
advanced to greet each other, General Burgoyne removed his hat and
extending his sword, said, "The fortunes of war, General Gates, have
made me your prisoner." General Gates, not to be outdone in polite
address, returned the sword and replied, "I shall always be ready to
bear testimony that it has not been through any fault of your
Excellency."

  [Illustration: THE SURRENDER OF GENERAL BURGOYNE.]

The generals and their officers then sat down to a table improvised of
boards laid across barrels and dined together most amicably, but on very
frugal fare. General Burgoyne took occasion to compliment the discipline
of the American army. He then proposed a toast to General Washington.
General Gates then drank to the health of the king. High above the
marquee the Stars and Stripes waved gloriously in triumph of the day of
first formal military unfurling. The turning point of the war of the
Revolution was come, this October day, 1777.



THE SURRENDER OF BURGOYNE

October 17, 1777


    BROTHERS, this spot is holy! Look around!
    Before us flows our memory's sacred river,
    Whose banks are Freedom's shrines. This grassy mound,
    The altar, on whose height the Mighty Giver
    Gave Independence to our country; when,
    Thanks to its brave, enduring, patient men,
    The invading host was brought to bay and laid
    Beneath "Old Glory's" new-born folds, the blade,
    The brazen thunder-throats, the pomp of war,
    And England's yoke, broken forevermore.

    You, on this spot,--thanks to our gracious God,
    Where last in conscious arrogance it trod,
    Defied, as captives, Burgoyne's conquered horde;
    Below, their general yielded up his sword;
    There, to our flag, bowed England's battle-torn;
    Where now we stand, the United States was born.

                     GENERAL JOHN WATTS DE PEYSTER.



THE YOKE OF BRITAIN BROKEN


THE final scene in this stupendous drama of American Freedom was enacted
in Virginia.

In September, 1781, Washington began a three weeks' siege against
Yorktown, held by the British under Lord Cornwallis. Finding himself
there completely surrounded by both land and water, Cornwallis was
forced to surrender.

Now was the yoke of Great Britain at last broken. Seven thousand English
and Hessian soldiers and eight hundred and forty sailors laid down their
arms and became prisoners of war.

The formal ceremony of surrender was to take place in an open field the
last day of October. Thousands of spectators assembled to behold the
detested Cornwallis surrender the army they had hated and feared.

The Americans, commanded by General Washington in full uniform, and the
French troops, under Count Rochambeau, were drawn up in two lines. At
length a splendid charger issued through the gate, bearing not the hated
Cornwallis as expected, but General O'Hara. So overcome was Lord
Cornwallis with the consciousness of his defeat by the "raw Americans,"
that, feigning illness, he refused to appear.

The British troops in new uniforms, in striking contrast to the worn and
faded garb of the colonists, followed the officer with colors furled.
Coming opposite General Washington, O'Hara saluted and presented the
sword of Cornwallis. A tense silence pervaded the assembly. General
Washington motioned that the sword be given to General Lincoln.
Apparently forgetful of the indignities heaped upon him by the British
at Charleston, the latter returned the sword to General O'Hara,
remarking as he did so, "Kindly return it to his Lordship, Sir."

"Ground arms" came the order from the British officers. The troops
complied sullenly; the humiliation felt by them in their defeat was
everywhere apparent.

The next day the conquered army marched out of Yorktown between the
American and French troops. Their fifers, with a brave show of humor,
played, "The World's turned Upside Down." Washington had directed his
soldiers to show no disrespect nor unkindness to the defeated troops.
But the remembrance of "Yankee Doodle," as played by the Britons in
their times of conquest, in taunting derision of the Americans, proved
too much for the latter to endure without return, when supreme occasion
such as this offered. To the strains of "Yankee Doodle Do," from
American fifes, Lord Cornwallis and his army bade adieu to the scenes
wherein they had once marched as conquerors.

In thanksgiving to God was voiced the nation's exultation. Congress
adjourned the sessions and the members repaired to church to give
thanks; business was suspended in all places. Throughout the land the
voice of the people was raised in a mighty chorus of prayer and praise
to the Almighty.



YORKTOWN


    FROM Yorktown's ruins, ranked and still,
    Two lines stretch far o'er vale and hill:
    Who curbs his steed at head of one?
    Hark! the low murmur: Washington!
    Who bends his keen, approving glance
    Where down the gorgeous line of France
    Shine knightly star and plume of snow?
    Thou too art victor, Rochambeau!

    The earth which bears this calm array
    Shook with the war-charge yesterday;
    Plowed deep with hurrying hoof and wheel,
    Shot down and bladed thick with steel;
    October's clear and noonday sun
    Paled in the breath-smoke of the gun;
    And down night's double blackness fell,
    Like a dropped star, the blazing shell.

    Now all is hushed: the gleaming lines
    Stand moveless as the neighboring pines;
    While through them, sullen, grim, and slow,
    The conquered hosts of England go;
    O'Hara's brow belies his dress,
    Gay Tarleton's troops ride bannerless;
    Shout from the fired and wasted homes,
    Thy scourge, Virginia, captive comes!

    Nor thou alone: with one glad voice
    Let all thy sister States rejoice:
    Let Freedom, in whatever clime
    She waits with sleepless eye her time,
    Shouting from cave and mountain wood
    Make glad her desert solitude,
    While they who hunt her, quail with fear;
    The New World's chain lies broken here!

                     WHITTIER.



FROM THE OTHER SIDE

(1812)


THE year 1812 witnessed our second war with Great Britain. In an effort
to prevent emigration from her shores England claimed the right to seize
any of her subjects upon any vessel of the high seas. America denied her
right to do this on American ships. Disagreement broke into open
rupture. War with the mother country was again declared.

The doughty American seamen would not wait for attack upon them, but
went forth aggressively against the squadron of the British. Oddly
enough, considering the condition of the poorly equipped navy, they were
remarkably successful and captured more than two hundred and fifty
prizes. The following year, however, the British gained the ascendency,
and in 1814 came in with sea force and land force and sacked and burned
the Capitol at Washington and all public buildings except the patent
office.

They then proceeded against Baltimore. The land troops were almost in
sight of the city of their desires, when they were halted and held in
check by American troops under General Sticker, whose name, it may be
said, meant as it sounded, and who effectually prevented their further
advance. But the fleet on the waters sailed into the bay of Baltimore
and up to Fort McHenry at the mouth of the Patapsco River, in the
determination to bombard the fortress and compel entrance to the city in
that way. The British admiral had boasted the fort would fall to his
hand an easy prey.

Prior to this, Dr. William Beane, a citizen of Baltimore and a
non-combatant, had been captured at Marlboro and was held a prisoner on
one of the vessels of the British fleet. To secure his release, Francis
Scott Key and John Skinner set out from Baltimore on the ship _Minden_
flying a flag of truce. The British admiral received them kindly and
released Dr. Beane; but detained the three on board ship pending the
bombardment of the fort, lest in their return to land the intentions of
the British might be frustrated.

  [Illustration: FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET THEY WATCHED THE SHOT AND SHELL
  POURED INTO THE FORT AND NOTED WITH INFINITE JOY THAT THE FLAG STILL
  FLEW.]

Thus from the side of the enemy they were constrained to witness the
efforts of destruction urged against the protecting fortress of their
own city. From sunrise to sunset they watched the shot and shell poured
into the fort and noted with infinite joy that the flag still flew.
Through the glare of the artillery, as the night advanced, they caught
now and then the gleam of the flag still flying. Would it be there at
another sunrise? Who could tell! Suddenly the cannonading ceased. The
British, despairing of carrying the fort, abandoned the project. In the
emotion of the hour and inspiration born of the victory, Key composed
the immortal lines now become our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled
Banner."

The flag is preserved in the museum of Washington and is distinctive in
having fifteen stripes and fifteen stars, one of the very few national
flags with this number.



THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER


    OH, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars thro' the perilous fight
    O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
    Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze o'er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream;
    'Tis the star-spangled banner; oh, long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is that land who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
    A home and a country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave;
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved homes and wild war's desolation;
    Blest with vict'ry and peace may the Heaven-rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: "In God is our trust!"
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

                     FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.



THE DEFENSE OF THE CRESCENT CITY


UPON every recurrence of January the eighth, the city of New Orleans
dons gala attire and shouts herself hoarse with rejoicing. She chants
the _Te Deum_ in her Cathedrals; and lays wreaths of immortelles and
garlands of roses and sweet-smelling shrubs upon the monument of Andrew
Jackson in Jackson Square.

"The Saviour of New Orleans," the inhabitants called Jackson in the
exuberance of their gratitude for his defense of the city, and their
deliverance from threatened peril, that fateful day of January, 1815.
From capture and pillage and divers evil things he saved her, and the
Crescent City has not forgotten.

Neither indeed has the nation become unmindful of his great achievement,
but upon each succeeding anniversary of the battle of New Orleans--that
remarkable battle that gloriously ended the War of 1812, and restored
the national pride and honor so sorely wounded by the fall of
Washington--celebrates the event in the chief cities of the United
States.

During our second clash of arms with England, the Creek War, wherein the
red man met his doom, brought Jackson's name into prominence. At one
bound, as it were, he sprang from comparative obscurity into renown.

In 1814 he was appointed a major general in the United States army, and
established his headquarters at Mobile. He repulsed the English at Fort
Bowyer, on Mobile Point, and awaited orders from Washington to attack
them at Pensacola, where, through the sympathy of the Spaniards who were
then in possession of the Florida peninsula, they had their base of
operations.

Receiving no orders from Washington, he became impatient of delay, and
upon his own responsibility marched his troops against Pensacola and put
the British to flight. "This," says Sumner, "was the second great step
in the war in the Southwest."

Washington had been captured and her principal public buildings burned,
and New Orleans, the Crescent City, would now, it was thought, be the
next point of attack by the British.

To New Orleans, therefore, "to defend a defenseless city, which had
neither fleets nor forts, means nor men," came Jackson.

His entrance into the city was quiet and unostentatious and so devoid of
the pomp and pageantry of a victorious general as to cause question in
the minds of some as to whether or not this was the man expected. His
dress was plain in the extreme, and bore upon it no insignia of rank;
yet those there were, of insight, who saw in his every aspect the man of
power.

From eye and posture and gesture emanated a certain indefinable force
that attracted men to him, and created in them an enthusiasm for his
cause. Old and young who came under his influence were ready to do his
bidding.

To the terrified women and children of New Orleans who appealed to him
for protection from the enemy, he replied:--

"The British shall not enter the city except over my dead body."

His words and his presence inspired confidence. And when his flag was
run up above his headquarters in Royal Street a sense of security was
felt by the inhabitants.

The conditions about him, however, were far from promising, and to a
less determined spirit than that of Jackson would have been appalling.

The troops under him were few in number and poorly equipped for battle.
The Crescent City was ill equipped for defense. The governor and the
Legislature were at loggerheads.

As was his way in a crisis, General Jackson took matters into his own
hands.

He placed the city under martial law and made every man a sailor or a
soldier compelled to the restrictions and the rules governing the army.

He was aware that his action was open to severe censure, but in the face
of the object to be attained he held this as of little consequence.

While engaged in examining a situation for a fortification in one
direction, the British effected a landing in another. They had captured
the American flotilla guarding the entrance to Lake Borgne and were
making ready to advance upon the city.

This information brought consternation to the inhabitants but not to the
indomitable Jackson. Obstacles to him were but objects to be overcome.
He swung his troops into line and went out to meet the enemy. The
advance was checked by a sharp engagement with little loss to either
side.

He then set the little schooner _Carolina_, in the Mississippi, to
bombarding the levee where the British gunners had taken refuge. With
her guns continuously roaring she kept the Britishers at bay for three
whole days, when she succumbed to their heavy fire and exploded. Her
entire crew escaped with the exception of one man killed and six
wounded.

On the field of Chalmette, a few miles below New Orleans, the opposing
armies threw up intrenchments from the same soft ooze and mud, so close
they now stood to each other. From an upper room of the McCarte mansion
house--the home of a wealthy Creole--General Jackson surveyed the
operations of the enemy; and directed the movements of his own troops.

December the 28th an advance was made by the British on the American
lines but without significant results. On New Year's Day another attack
was made.

In the interim between these assaults went out an order from General
Jackson to Governor Claiborne that involved the general for years
thereafter in legal complications with the Louisiana Legislature. News
was borne to General Jackson on the field that the Legislature was
preparing to capitulate New Orleans in the belief that the city would be
captured.

"Tell Claiborne," said the irate Jackson, "to blow them up."

Later, he wrote to Governor Claiborne, in case the report was true, to
place a guard at the door of the legislative hall and keep the members
in it; where they could, he satirically remarked to a friend, have full
time to make some wholesome laws for the State without distraction from
outside matters.

Through mistake in the execution of the order, the enraged lawmakers
were kept outside of the assembly hall instead of in it, and the session
was broken up.

       *       *       *       *       *

At break of dawn that memorable day of January 8th, 1815, the British
were prepared to attack.

Jackson and his valorous volunteers were ready. A pygmy force were they
against a mighty one! Raw recruits contending against the trained
veterans of Wellington's army, led by the gallant Pakenham!

The signal rocket went up.

The long red lines advanced over the field.

But to what a fate!

"Don't shoot till you can see the whites of their eyes!"--Jackson had
instructed.

"_Fire!_"

When the smoke cleared, British soldiers, dead and dying, thickly
strewed the ground.

Intrenched behind their barricades of cotton bales and sand and mud, the
Americans were scarcely touched.

The murderous fire went on.

The British columns reeled and broke.

General Pakenham heroically waved his troops forward and fell, wounded
to death.

General Gibbs, second in command, was struck down.

General Keane was disabled.

The leaders were fallen! The troops were disordered.

In the distance the red lines receded.

_Jackson had won._

       *       *       *       *       *

In less than thirty minutes the unequal conflict had ended, save in the
silencing of the guns, which required two hours to accomplish.

Never in the annals of history has such a victory been recorded.

The loss to the English was two thousand killed, wounded, and captured.
The American loss was but eight killed and thirteen wounded.

General Jackson marched his victorious troops into New Orleans, where he
was received with the wildest enthusiasm.

The whole country applauded and rejoiced.

_Andrew Jackson had become the Hero of the Nation._

At Ghent, two weeks before the battle, the Treaty of Peace between
England and the United States had been signed; but the ship bearing the
news had not then reached this country.

But--Jackson had finished the war--had "finished the war in GLORY!"



THE CIVIL WAR

(1861)


THE War between the States in 1861 was one of the most terrible
conflicts known to modern times.

Many causes led up to it, chief among which was a difference in the
interpretation of the Constitution by the people of the North and of the
South. The slavery question was also a point of dispute; and several
minor causes brought about a dissension in the two sections that
resulted in the gigantic struggle of friend against friend, brother
against brother, father against son.

The early engagements of the contending forces were ones of signal
victory to the South. The disunion of the nation was so seriously
threatened as to bring grave concern to the Federal government. As the
weeks and months wore away, victory perched above the banner of the
Federals, and the climax was reached in the surrender of General Lee at
Appomattox, after four years of deadly strife.

Both sides fought valiantly. Both won; in that the glory of the Republic
was to stand henceforth supreme among foreign nations, the greatness of
the combatants to receive a recognition never to be effaced.

Through a perspective of fifty years of peace, the heroism displayed on
either field by those engaged therein is, to the most partisan observer,
silhouetted upon the mental vision in glowing lines of light. Justly we
term it "Our most Heroic Period."

Not the least remarkable of this aftermath, transcending all experiences
of other nations, is the brotherhood, the kindly feeling of sympathy and
understanding, that after the passage of but half a century now binds
the once warring sections in indissoluble bonds of unity.



CHARLESTON


    CALM as that second summer which precedes
      The first fall of the snow,
    In the broad sunlight of heroic deeds,
      The city bides the foe.

    As yet, behind their ramparts, stern and proud,
      Her bolted thunders sleep,--
    Dark Sumter, like a battlemented cloud,
      Looms o'er the solemn deep.

    No Calpe frowns from lofty cliff or scaur
      To guard the holy strand;
    But Moultrie holds in leash her dogs of war
      Above the level sand.

    And down the dunes a thousand guns lie couched,
      Unseen, beside the flood,--
    Like tigers in some Orient jungle crouched,
      That wait and watch for blood.

    Meanwhile, through streets still echoing with trade,
      Walk grave and thoughtful men,
    Whose hands may one day wield the patriot's blade
      As lightly as the pen.

    And maidens, with such eyes as would grow dim,
      Over a bleeding hound,
    Seem each one to have caught the strength of him
      Whose sword she sadly bound.

    Thus girt without and garrisoned at home,
      Day patient following day,
    Old Charleston looks from roof and spire and dome,
      Across her tranquil bay.

    Ships, through a hundred foes, from Saxon lands
      And spicy Indian ports,
    Bring Saxon steel and iron to her hands,
      And summer to her courts.

    But still, along yon dim Atlantic line,
      The only hostile smoke
    Creeps like a harmless mist above the brine,
      From some frail floating oak.

    Shall the spring dawn, and she, still clad in smiles,
      And with an unscathed brow,
    Rest in the strong arms of her palm-crowned isles,
      As fair and free as now?

    We know not; in the temple of the Fates
      God has inscribed her doom:
    And, all untroubled in her faith, she waits
      The triumph or the tomb.

                     HENRY TIMROD.



FREDERICKSBURG

Dec. 13, 1862


    THE increasing moonlight drifts across my bed,
    And on the church-yard by the road, I know
      It falls as white and noiselessly as snow.
    'Twas such a night two weary summers fled;
    The stars, as now, were waning overhead.
      Listen! Again the shrill-lipped bugles blow
      Where the swift currents of the river flow
    Past Fredericksburg: far off the heavens are red
      With sudden conflagration: on yon height,
    Linstock in hand, the gunners hold their breath:
      A signal-rocket pierces the dense night,
    Flings its spent stars upon the town beneath:
      Hark! the artillery massing on the right,
    Hark! the black squadrons wheeling down to Death!

                     THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH.



CIVIL WAR[2]


    "RIFLEMAN, shoot me a fancy shot
      Straight at the heart of yon prowling vidette;
    Ring me a ball in the glittering spot
      That shines on his breast like an amulet!"

    "Ah, Captain! here goes for a fine-drawn bead,
      There's music around when my barrel's in tune!"
    Crack! went the rifle, the messenger sped,
      And dead from his horse fell the ringing dragoon.

    "Now, rifleman, steal through the bushes, and snatch
      From your victim some trinket to handsel first blood;
    A button, a loop, or that luminous patch
      That gleams in the moon like a diamond stud!"

    "O, Captain! I staggered, and sunk on my track,
      When I gazed on the face of that fallen vidette,
    For he looked so like you, as he lay on his back,
      That my heart rose upon me, and masters me yet."

    "But I snatched off the trinket,--this locket of gold;
      An inch from the center my lead broke its way,
    Scarce grazing the picture, so fair to behold,
      Of a beautiful lady in bridal array."

    "Ha! Rifleman, fling me the locket!--'tis she,
      My brother's young bride, and the fallen dragoon
    Was her husband--Hush! soldier, 'twas Heaven's decree,
      We must bury him there, by the light of the moon!

    "But hark! the far bugles their warnings unite;
      War is a virtue,--weakness a sin;
    There's a lurking and loping around us to-night;
      Load again, rifleman, keep your hand in!"

                     CHARLES DAWSON SHANLY.

    [2] The above has been sometimes entitled "The Fancy Shot." It
    appeared first in a London weekly and is commonly attributed to
    Charles Dawson Shanly, who died in the late seventies.



'ROUND SHILOH CHURCH


WITHIN Shiloh Church that fateful day of 1862, no sound of song or
praise was heard. But all without the leaden missiles rang and sang in
chorus of red death. Green blades of grass, dew-tipped, sprang up to
greet the sun that April morn, but ere night fell were bowed to earth
with weight of human blood. Ne'er before had little church looked out on
such a scene. Ten thousand homes and hearts of North and South were
there made desolate; and twice ten thousand men gave up their lives. The
world looked on and wondered.

Albert Sidney Johnston, the hero of three wars, had staked his life and
cause that April day, for victory or defeat.

He met--both.

It was recognized by both the Northern and Southern armies that Johnston
was a formidable antagonist. That he was a man of most magnetic
personality as well as a brave officer.

Where he led men followed.

The Black Hawk War made his name familiar throughout the country. In the
War with Mexico he won distinction.

As he reviewed his troops at Shiloh, he beheld on every side his friends
of other days, and men who had served under him on other fields.

When the War between the States came on, Johnston was a brigadier
general in the United States Army; and although he was offered any
position he might desire with the Federal government, he resigned to
cast his lot with the South, and against the land of his ancestry, for
he was a son of Connecticut. Texas had been his home, and to the Lone
Star State he felt his allegiance due.

Disappointment, as pertained to his life ambitions, had often before
waited upon his footsteps when the thing desired seemed ready to his
grasp. Yet, seeing his duty clearly, he did it.

To his sister by marriage, when she, in surprise at his action in
resigning, wrote him in California, where he was then stationed, he
replied that he was deeply sensible of the "calamitious condition" of
the country; and that whatever his part thereafter regarding it, he
congratulated himself that no act of his had aided in bringing it about;
that the adjustment of the difficulties by the sword was not in his
judgment the remedy.

Secession was to him a grievous thing.

Arriving at Richmond from the West, General Johnston was given the
command of the Western Department of the Confederacy.

From September to February, 1862, he held the line against heavy odds at
Bowling Green, Ky., when he retreated to Corinth, Miss., where he
assembled his entire army and attacked Grant at Shiloh Church near
Pittsburg Landing, Tenn.

In the flush tide of a great victory, he was struck by a Minie ball and
expired in a few moments.

He rode a magnificent black animal called "Fire-eater." On horseback
General Johnston appeared to distinct advantage. The masterly manner in
which he sat his horse attracted the attention of the commander in
chief of the army, Thomas J. Rusk, during the Texan Revolution, and
procured him the appointment of adjutant general over several eager
aspirants for the position.

As he passed along the lines to the front of the troops at Shiloh, he
raised his hat and cried out,

"I will lead you!"

To this the men responded with a mighty cheer and quickened movement,
albeit they knew he was leading many of them to death.

Hard up the slopes they pressed.

Nor shot, nor shell, nor falling men deterred them.

The summit was reached. The Federals were in retreat. A little apart
from the others, a fine target for the deadly marksman, the figure of
General Johnston on "Fire-eater" was plainly visible.

His clothing was torn in places. His boot sole was slashed by a ball,
but he himself was uninjured.

In his countenance was reflected a satisfaction of the day's results.

  [Illustration: FROM THE LAST LINE OF THE RETREATING FEDERALS A BULLET
  WHISTLED BACK, WHISTLED BACK AND CUT HIM DOWN.]

The wisdom of his decisions had been proven; his judgment justified.

From the last line of the retreating Federals a bullet whistled back,
whistled back and cut him down, did its fatal work in the very moment in
which he felt the conviction that success now lay with the Confederate
cause.

       *       *       *       *       *

His death seemed for a time to paralyze the further efforts of his
troops, to whom his presence had been a continual inspiration.

General Beauregard took command.

Night fell and the battle was stayed.

The Federals had been driven to the banks of the Tennessee River, where
the gunboats afforded but meager protection.

From Nashville, General Buell arrived before daybreak with the needed
reënforcements. Lew Wallace came in. Grant assumed the offensive; and
the afternoon of the second day of the hard-fought contest the final
victory swept to the Federals.

What would have been the result to the Confederate cause had the great
leader not fallen that first day, who can say?

"In his fall, the great pillar of the Southern Confederacy was crushed,"
says Jefferson Davis in his _Rise and Fall of the Confederate
Government_, "and beneath its fragments the best hope of the Southland
lay buried."



ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON


    I HEAR again the tread of war go thundering through the land,
    And Puritan and Cavalier are clinching neck and hand,
    Round Shiloh church the furious foes have met to thrust and slay,
    Where erst the peaceful sons of Christ were wont to kneel and pray.

    The wrestling of the ages shakes the hills of Tennessee
    With all their echoing mounts athrob with war's wild minstrelsy;
    A galaxy of stars new-born around the shield of Mars
    And set against the Stars and Stripes the flashing Stars and Bars.

    'Twas Albert Sidney Johnston led the columns of the Gray,
    Like Hector on the plains of Troy his presence fired the fray;
    And dashing horse and gleaming sword spake out his royal will
    As on the slopes of Shiloh field the blasts of war blew shrill.

    "Down with the base invaders," the Gray shout forth the cry,
    "Death to presumptuous rebels," the Blue ring out reply;
    All day the conflict rages and yet again all day,
    Though Grant is on the Union side he cannot stem nor stay.

    They are a royal race of men, these brothers face to face,
    Their fury speaking through their guns, their frenzy in their pace;
    The sweeping onset of the Gray bears down the sturdy Blue,
    Though Sherman and his legions are heroes through and through.

    Though Prentiss and his gallant men are forcing scaur and crag,
    They fall like sheaves before the scythes of Hardee and of Bragg;
    Ah, who shall tell the victor's tale when all the strife is past,
    When, man and man, in one great mold, the men who strive are cast?

    As when the Trojan hero came from that fair city's gates,
    With tossing mane and flaming crest to scorn the scowling fates,
    His legions gather round him and madly charge and cheer,
    And fill besieging armies with wild disheveled fear;

    Then bares his breast unto the dart the daring spearsman sends,
    And dying hears his cheering foes, the wailing of his friends,
    So Albert Sidney Johnston, the chief of belt and scar,
    Lay down to die at Shiloh and turned the scales of war.

    Now five and twenty years are gone, and lo, to-day they come,
    The Blue and Gray in proud array with throbbing fife and drum;
    But not as rivals, not as foes, as brothers reconciled;
    To twine love's fragrant roses where the thorns of hate grew wild;

    Aye, five and twenty years, and lo, the manhood of the South
    Has held its valor staunch and strong as at the cannon's mouth,
    With patient heart and silent tongue has kept its true parole,
    And in the conquests born of peace has crowned its battle roll.

    But ever while we sing of war, of courage tried and true,
    Of heroes wed to gallant deeds, or be it Gray or Blue,
    Then Albert Sidney Johnston's name shall flash before our sight
    Like some resplendent meteor across the somber night.

    America, thy sons are knit with sinews wrought of steel,
    They will not bend, they will not break, beneath the tyrant's heel;
    But in the white-hot flame of love, to silken cobwebs spun,
    They whirl the engines of the world, all keeping time as one.

    To-day they stand abreast and strong, who stood as foes of yore,
    The world leaps up to bless their feet, heaven scatters blessings o'er;
    Their robes are wrought of gleaming gold, their wings are freedom's own,
    The trampling of their conquering hosts shakes pinnacle and throne.

    Oh, veterans of the Blue and Gray who fought on Shiloh field,
    The purposes of God are true, His judgment stands revealed;
    The pangs of war have rent the veil, and lo, His high decree:
    One heart, one hope, one destiny, one flag from sea to sea.

                     KATE BROWNLEE SHERWOOD.



OLD GLORY AT SHILOH


    SPRING on the Tennessee; April--and flowers
      Bloom on its banks; the anemones white
    In clusters of stars where the green holly towers
      O'er bellworts, like butterflies hov'ring in flight.
    The ground ivy tips its blue lips to the laurel,
      And covers the banks of the water-swept bars
    With a background of blue, in which the red sorrel
      Are stripes where the pale corydalis are stars.

        _Red, white and blue! O spring, did you send it,_
        _And Flowers, did'st dream it for brothers to rend it?_

    Spring on the Tennessee; Sabbath--and morning
      Breaks with a bird note that pulses along;
    A melody sobs in the heart of its dawning--
      The pain that foreshadows the birth of a song.
    Art thou a flecking, brave Bluebird, of sky light,
      Or the sough of a minor wove into a beam?
    Oh, Hermit Thrush, Hermit Thrush, thou of the eye bright,
      Bird, or the spirit of song in a dream?

        _"Our country--our country!" Why, birds, do you sing it?_
        _And, woodland, why held you the echo, to ring it?_

    Spring on the Tennessee; hark, Bluebird, listen!
      Was that a bugle note far up the bend,
    Where the murk waters flush and the white bars glisten,
      Or dove cooing dove into love notes that blend?
    And Wood Thrush, sweet, tell me,--that throbbing and humming,
      Is it march at the double quick or wild bees that hum?
    And that rumble that shakes like an earthquake coming--
      Tell me, O Hermit Thrush, thunder or drum?

        _O birds, you must fly from the home that God gave you!_
        _O flowers, you must die 'neath the foot that would save you!_

    Out from the wood with the morning mist o'er it
      A gray line sweeps like a scythe of fire,
    And it burns the stubble of blue before it,--
      (How their bugles ring and their cannon roar it!)

        _In Dixie land we'll take our stand,_
        _And live and die in Dixie!_

    Out from the deep wood clearer and nigher,
      The gray lines roll, and the blue lines reel
    Back on the river--their dead are piled higher
      Than the muzzle of muskets thund'ring their peal:

        _In Dixie land we'll take our stand,_
        _And live and die for Dixie!_

    Noon on the Tennessee; backward, still driven
      The blue lines reel, and the ranks of the gray
    Flash out with a fierceness that light up the heavens,
      When the thunders of night meet the lightnings of day.
    Noon and past noon--and this is the story
      Of the flag that fell not, and they call it Old Glory:

      It flapped in the air, it flashed with the blare
        Of the bugles so shrill and so true,
      It faced quick about and steadied the rout
        And halted the lines of blue.
      And the _boom-boom-boom_ of the maddened guns
        Roared round it thick and fast,
      And _dead-dead-dead_ sang the learing lead
        Like hail in the sheeted blast,
      And up and around it, surge and swell,
        Rose the victor waves of the rebel yell,
      And Grant's grim army staggered, but stood,
      With backs to the river and dyed it with blood
        In the shuttle of thunder and drum;
      And they cheered as it went to the front of the fray
      And turned the tide at the sunset of day,
        And they whispered: _Buell is come!_

    Spring on the Tennessee; April--and flowers
      Bloom on its banks; the anemones white
    In clusters of stars where the green holly towers
      O'er bellworts, like butterflies hov'ring in flight.
    And the ground ivy tips its blue lips to the laurel
      And covers the banks and the water-swept bars
    With a background of blue, in which the red sorrel
      Are stripes where the pale corydalis are stars.

        Red, white, and blue--it tells its own story--
        But, Spring, Who made it and named it Old Glory!

                     JOHN TROTWOOD MOORE.



THE FLAG OF THE CUMBERLAND


THE Confederate frigate, _Merrimac_, newly arisen from her briny bath in
the Norfolk Navy Yards, with her sides new coated in an almost
impenetrable mail of iron and rechristened the _Virginia_, steamed
slowly down the river May 8th, 1862, to Newport News, where the
_Cumberland_, the _Congress_, and the _Minnesota_ of the Union fleet lay
at anchor.

The crews of the latter vessels were taking life leisurely that day, and
were indulging in various pastimes beloved of seamen. The _Merrimac_ as
she hove in sight did not look especially belligerent. Indeed she
appeared "like a house submerged to the eaves and borne onward by the
flood."

Notwithstanding her somewhat droll appearance, the _Merrimac_ had
herself well in control and was not on a cruise of pleasure bent, as the
navies well knew.

With steady determination she came on, until within easy distance of the
_Congress_, a vessel which gave her greeting with a shot from one of her
stern guns, and received in response a shower of grape.

Broadsides were then exchanged, resulting in fearful slaughter to the
crew of the _Congress_ and damage to the guns. An officer of the
_Congress_ was a favorite brother of Captain Buchanan of the _Merrimac_.
But such relation effected naught in the exigencies of war.

Before the _Congress_ could recover herself, the _Merrimac_ headed for
the _Cumberland_. The fires of the Cumberland, as she approached, had no
effect upon her armored sides.

Into the _Cumberland_ she ran her powerful iron prow, crashing in her
timbers and strewing her decks with the maimed, the dead, and dying.

Again she turned her attention to the _Congress_, remembering also the
frigate _Minnesota_ with her fiery baptisms. Upon the _Congress_ she
soon forced a surrender. The _Minnesota_ found refuge in flight.

Her work upon the _Cumberland_ was complete. And albeit the vessel had
been rammed and was sinking, her men ascended to the spar deck and
fought till the waters engulfed them. The last shot was fired from a gun
half submerged in the water.

As the ship settled to the bottom she careened slightly and then righted
herself; and the flag, as if defying the fate that threatened its
destruction, still flew above the masthead.

  [Illustration: AND THE FLAG, AS IF DEFYING THE FATE THAT THREATENED
  ITS DESTRUCTION, STILL FLEW ABOVE THE MASTHEAD.]

There, close to the waves--her colors almost touching the water--the
captain, who was absent from his ship, found his flag upon his return. A
harbinger as it proved of the issue that was to be.



THE CUMBERLAND


    AT anchor in Hampton Roads we lay,
    On board of the _Cumberland_, sloop of war;
    And at times from the fortress across the bay
    The alarum of drums swept past,
        Or a bugle blast
        From the camp on the shore.

    Then far away to the south uprose
    A little feather of snow-white smoke,
    And we knew that the iron ship of our foes
    Was steadily steering its course
        To try the force
        Of our ribs of oak.

    Down upon us heavily runs,
    Silent and sullen, the floating fort;
    Then comes a puff of smoke from her guns,
    And leaps the terrible death,
        With fiery breath,
        From each open port.

    We are not idle, but send her straight
    Defiance back in a full broadside!
    As hail rebounds from a roof of slate,
    Rebounds our heavier hail
        From each iron scale
        Of the monster's hide.

    "Strike your flag!" the rebel cries,
    In his arrogant old plantation strain.
    "Never!" our gallant Morris replies;
    "It is better to sink than to yield!"
        And the whole air pealed
        With the cheers of our men.

    Then, like a kraken huge and black,
    She crushed our ribs in her iron grasp!
    Down went the _Cumberland_ all awrack,
    With a sudden shudder of death,
        And the cannon's breath
        For her dying gasp.

    Next morn, as the sun rose over the bay,
    Still floated our flag at the mainmast head
    Lord, how beautiful was Thy day!
    Every waft of the air
        Was a whisper of prayer,
        Or a dirge for the dead.

    Ho! brave hearts that went down in the seas!
    Ye are at peace in the troubled stream;
    Ho! brave land! with hearts like these,
    Thy flag, that is rent in twain,
        Shall be one again,
        And without a seam!

                     HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW.



THE MONITOR


TWO old Spanish ships had, prior to the sinking of the _Cumberland_, met
a like fate at the hands of the Confederates; and the signal success of
the _Merrimac_ now augured well for the break of the blockade.

The South was greatly elated. The North was disquieted.

Twenty-four hours later the trend of events was changed.

There appeared in Hampton Roads a strange new craft, called the
_Monitor_. It was unlike any vessel before seen, having a revolving
round tower of iron, that enabled the gunners to train the guns on the
enemy continuously, without regard to the position of the ship. The hull
had an "overhang," a projection constructed of iron and wood, as a
protection against rams.

The inventor and builder of this little giant was John Ericsson.

His,

    "The master mind that wrought,
    With iron hand, this iron thought.
    Strength and safety with speed combined."

The vessel had been launched in less than a hundred days after the
laying of the keel, in an effort of the Federal government to have her
in service before the completion of the _Merrimac_ (the _Virginia_.)

The new warship attracted the attention of the navies of Europe and
brought about a change in the construction of war vessels.

As if indignant at the actions of the _Merrimac_ in preceding her, and
in attacking the Union fleet, the _Monitor_ bore down upon her like some
live thing bent upon retribution, and at once engaged her in a terrific
encounter.

With the hope born of confidence in the strength of the Confederate
ironclad, and her ability to overpower completely the Union flotilla,
boats filled with sight-seers had gone out from Norfolk, but with the
first terrible onset of the armored combatants speedily made their way
back to safety.

In this battle of the waters two old Naval Academy comrades fought on
opposite sides, Lieutenant Green and Lieutenant Butt, both well-known
names.

For five long awful hours the strength of the two iron monsters was
pitted against each other for supremacy on the seas, without apparent
serious injury to either vessel.

At last the _Merrimac_ ended the gigantic contest by turning her prow
and withdrawing to Norfolk.



THE CRUISE OF THE MONITOR

Hampton Roads, Virginia, March 9, 1862


    OUT of a Northern city's bay,
    'Neath lowering clouds, one bleak March day,
    Glided a craft,--the like I ween,
    On ocean's crest was never seen
        Since Noah's float,
        That ancient boat,
    Could o'er a conquered deluge gloat.

    No raking masts, with clouds of sail,
    Bent to the breeze or braved the gale;
    No towering chimney's wreaths of smoke
    Betrayed the mighty engine's stroke;
        But low and dark,
        Like the crafty shark,
    Moved in the waters this novel bark.

    The fishers stared as the flitting sprite
    Passed their huts in the misty light,
    Bearing a turret huge and black,
    And said, "The old sea serpent's back
        Carting away,
        By light of day,
    Uncle Sam's fort from New York bay."

    Forth from a Southern city's dock
    Our frigates' strong blockade to mock,
    Crept a monster of rugged build,
    The work of crafty hands, well skilled--
        Old _Merrimac_,
        With an iron back
    Wooden ships would find hard to crack.

    Straight to where the _Cumberland_ lay
    The mail-clad monster made its way;
    Its deadly prow struck deep and sure,
    And the hero's fighting days were o'er.
        Ah! many the braves
        Who found their graves
    With that good ship beneath the waves.

    Flushed with success, the victor flew,
    Furious, the startled squadron through;
    Sinking, burning, driving ashore,
    Until the Sabbath day was o'er,
        Resting at night,
        To renew the fight
    With vengeful ire by morning's light.

    Out of its den it burst anew,
    When the gray mist the sun broke through,
    Steaming to where, in clinging sands,
    The frigate _Minnesota_ stands,
        A sturdy foe
        To overthrow,
    But in woeful plight to receive a blow.

    But see! beneath her bow appears
    A champion no danger fears;
    A pigmy craft, that seems to be,
    To this new lord that rules the sea,
        Like David of old
        To Goliath bold--
    Youth and giant, by scripture told.

    Round the roaring despot playing,
    With willing spirit helm obeying,
    Spurning the iron against it hurled,
    While belching turret rapid whirled,
        And swift shots seethe
        With smoky wreathe,
    Told that the shark was showing his teeth.

    The _Monitor_ fought. In grim amaze
    The Merrimacs upon it gaze,
    Cowering 'neath the iron hail,
    Crashing into their coat of mail,
        They swore, "this craft,
        The devil's shaft,
    Looked like a cheese box on a raft."

    Hurrah! little giant of '62! Bold Worden with his gallant crew
    Forces the fight; the day is won;
    Back to his den the monster's gone,
        With crippled claws
        And broken jaws,
    Defeated in a reckless cause.

    Hurrah for the master mind that wrought,
    With iron hand, this iron thought!
    Strength and safety with speed combined,
    Ericsson's gift to all mankind;
        To curb abuse,
        And chains to loose,
    Hurrah for the _Monitor's_ famous cruise!

                     GEORGE H. BOKER.



THE NIGHT OF CHANTILLY


IN March, 1862, McClellan set out from Washington to capture the
Confederate capital. At Yorktown he was held in check for a month by an
inferior force of Confederates. It was the last of May before he reached
Fair Oaks (Seven Pines), seven miles from Richmond. The Confederates
here attacked him, and a furious battle of two days' duration ensued,
when the Confederates were driven back. A notable event of this
engagement was the appointment of General Robert E. Lee, as commander in
chief of the Confederate armies; in place of General Joseph E. Johnston,
who was severely wounded.

One of the most conspicuous figures of this battle of Fair Oaks was
General Philip Kearney.

In the words of Stedman:--

    "When the battle went ill, and the bravest were solemn:--
    He rode down the length of the withering column,
    His sword waved us on and we answered the sign."

"Kearney was the bravest man and the most perfect soldier I ever saw,"
said General Scott. "A man made for the profession of arms," says Rope.
"In the field he was always ready, always skillful, always brave, always
untiring, always hopeful, and always vigilant and alert."

He distinguished himself in the War with Mexico, and lost an arm while
he was leading cavalry troops in close pursuit of the retreating
Mexicans, at the battle of Churubusco, when they retreated into the city
of San Antonio itself.

Mounted upon his great gray steed, "Monmouth," he spurred through a
rampart, felling the Mexicans as he went. A thousand arms were raised to
strike him, a thousand sabers glistened in the air, when he hurriedly
fell back, but too late to escape the wound which necessitated the
amputation of his left arm.

At Churubusco ended the spectacular career of the celebrated San
Patricios battalion of Irish deserters, who deserted to the American
army on the Canadian border and afterwards deserted to the Mexicans from
the Texan border, fighting against the American in every Mexican war
battle of consequence from Palo Alto to Churubusco. After capture the
leaders and many of the men were court-martialed and shot; their
commander, the notorious Thomas Riley, among the latter. The survivors
were branded in the cheek with the letter "D" as a symbol of their
treachery.

General Kearney resigned from the army in 1851 and made a tour of the
world. He then went to France and fought in the war of that country
against Italy. At Magenta, while he was leading the daring and hazardous
charge that turned the situation and won Algiers to France, _he charged
with the bridle in his teeth_.

For his bravery he received the Cross of the Legion of Honor, being the
first American thus honored.

When the Civil War cloud burst, he came back to the United States and
was made brigadier general in the Federal army and given the command of
the First New Jersey Brigade.

His timely arrival at Williamsburg saved the day for the Federals.

In the engagement at Fair Oaks,

    "Where the red volleys poured, where the clamor rose highest,
    Where the aim from the thicket was surest and nighest,"

there was no charge like Kearney's.

    "How he strode his brown steed! How we saw his blade brighten,
    In the one hand still left,--and the reins in his teeth!"

General Oliver O. Howard lost his _right_ arm in this battle. When the
amputation was taking place, he looked grimly up at General Kearney, who
was present, and remarked, "We'll buy our gloves together, after this."

At Chantilly, a few days after the second battle of Bull Run, wherein he
forced the gallant Stonewall Jackson back, he penetrated into the
Confederate lines and met his death.

The Confederates had won. The dusk had fallen and General Kearney was
reconnoitering after placing his division.

"He rode right into our men," feelingly relates a Confederate soldier,
"then stopping suddenly, called out,

"'What troops are these?'"

  [Illustration: "WHAT TROOPS ARE THESE?"]

Some one replied, "Hays' Mississippi Brigade."

He turned quickly in an attempt to escape. A shower of bullets fell
about him. He leaned forward as if to protect himself, but a ball struck
him in the spine. He reeled and fell.

Under the white flag of truce, General Lee sent his remains to General
Hooker, who had the body transported to New York, where it was interred
with becoming honors.

    "Oh, evil the black shroud of night of Chantilly,
    That hid him from sight of his brave men and tried."



KEARNEY AT SEVEN PINES


    SO that soldierly legend is still on its journey,--
    That story of Kearney who knew not how to yield!
    'Twas the day when with Jameson, fierce Berry, and Birney,
    Against twenty thousand he rallied the field.
    Where the red volleys poured, where the clamor rose highest,
    Where the dead lay in clumps through the dwarf oak and pine,
    Where the aim from the thicket was surest and nighest,--
    No charge like Phil Kearney's along the whole line.

    When the battle went ill, and the bravest were solemn
    Near the dark Seven Pines, where we still held our ground
    He rode down the length of the withering column,
    And his heart at our war cry leapt up with a bound.
    He snuffed like his charger, the wind of the powder,--
    His sword waved us on and we answered the sign;
    Loud our cheer as we rushed, but his laugh rang the louder,
    "There's the devil's own fun, boys, along the whole line!"

    How he strode his brown steed! How we saw his blade brighten,
    In the one hand still left,--and the reins in his teeth!
    He laughed like a boy when the holidays heighten,
    But a soldier's glance shot from his visor beneath.
    Up came the reserves to the mellay infernal,
    Asking where to go in,--through the clearing or pine?
    "O, anywhere! Forward! 'Tis all the same, Colonel!
    You'll find lovely fighting along the whole line!"

    Oh, evil the black shroud of night of Chantilly,
    That hid him from sight of his brave men and tried!
    Foul, foul sped the bullet that clipped the white lily,
    The flower of our knighthood, the whole army's pride!
    Yet we dream that he still,--in that shadowy region
    Where the dead form their ranks at the wan drummer's sign,--
    Rides on, as of old, down the length of his legion,
    And the word still is "Forward!" along the whole line.

                     EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN.



THE CAVALRY CHARGE


    WITH bray of the trumpet
      And roll of the drum,
    And keen ring of bugle,
      The cavalry come.
    Sharp clank the steel scabbards
      The bridle chains ring,
    And foam from red nostrils
      The wild chargers fling.

    Tramp! tramp! o'er the greensward
      That quivers below,
    Scarce held by the curb bit
      The fierce horses go!
    And the grim-visaged colonel,
      With ear-rending shout,
    Peals forth to the squadrons
      The order: "Trot out!"

    One hand on the saber,
      And one on the rein,
    The troopers move forward
      In line on the plain.
    As rings the word, "Gallop!"
      The steel scabbards clank;
    As each rowel is pressed
      To a horse's hot flank;
    And swift is their rush
      And the wild torrents flow,
    When it pours from the crag
      On the valley below.

    "Charge!" thunders the leader;
      Like shaft from the bow
    Each mad horse is hurled
      On the wavering foe.
    A thousand bright sabers
      Are gleaming in air;
    A thousand dark horses
      Are dashed on the square.
    Resistless and reckless
      Of aught may betide,
    Like demons, not mortals
      The wild troopers ride.
    Cut right! and cut left!
      For the parry who needs?
    The bayonets shiver
      Like wind-scattered reeds.

    Vain--vain the red volley
      That bursts from the square,--
    The random-shot bullets
      Are wasted in air.
    Triumphant, remorseless,
      Unerring as death,--
    No saber that's stainless
      Returns to its sheath.
    The wounds that are dealt
      By that murderous steel
    Will never yield case
      For the surgeon to heal.
    Hurrah! they are broken--
      Hurrah! boys, they fly!
    None linger save those
      Who but linger to die.

    Rein up your hot horses
      And call in your men,--
    The trumpet sounds, "Rally
      To colors!" again.
    Some saddles are empty,
      Some comrades are slain
    And some noble horses
      Lie stark on the plain:
    But war's a chance game, boys,
      And weeping is vain.

                     FRANCIS A. DURIVAGE.



AN IMMORTAL TWAIN


IT is a coincidence worthy of note, and heretofore unremarked by
historians, that, as in the hour of birth of the National Flag there was
given to posterity the name of a great Revolutionary hero, the hour of
birth of the Confederate Battle Emblem immortalized the name of a hero
of the Confederacy.

At four o'clock in the afternoon of that hard-fought battle of Manassas
(Bull Run), July 21, 1861, the Federals were thinning out the lines in
gray. Now they were directing their efforts against the wings of Jackson
and Beauregard. Jackson's solemn visage was growing more solemn;
Beauregard was anxiously scanning the landscape beyond, in the hope of
discovering the approach of badly needed reënforcements.

Over the hill a long line was seen advancing. The day was hot and dry
and not a leaf stirred in the dust-laden air. Clouds of smoke and
grime enveloped the advancing troops and obscured their colors.
General Beauregard raised his glass and surveyed them critically.

  [Illustration: GENERAL BEAUREGARD RAISED HIS GLASS AND SURVEYED THEM
  CRITICALLY.]

He then called an officer and instructed him to go to General Johnston
and inform him that the enemy was receiving reënforcements and it might
be wise for him to withdraw to another point. Still, he was not fully
assured that the coming troops were Federals! The flag hung limp and
motionless and could not be accurately discerned.

If these were Federals the day was surely lost. But if they were
Confederates there was a fighting chance to win.

He determined to hold his position, and called out,

"What troops are those?"

No one could tell. Just then a gust of wind spread the colors. The flag
was the Stars and Bars--General Early's brigade, not a moment too soon.

"We must have a more distinct flag," announced General Beauregard
vehemently, in infinite relief: "One that we can recognize when we see
it."

In that instant was conceived the Confederate Battle Flag, used
thereafter throughout the Civil strife.

After the battle, the design--St. Andrew's Cross--was submitted by
General Beauregard, and, approved by General Joseph E. Johnston, was
adopted by the Confederate Congress.

"Conceived on the field of battle, it lived on the field of battle, and
was proudly borne on every field from Manassas to Appomattox."

       *       *       *       *       *

The Confederates were routed and running in disorder. General Jackson
was standing immovable. General Bee rode to his side. "They will beat us
back!"

"No, Sir," replied Jackson, "we will give them the bayonet."

General Bee rode back to his brigade. "Look at Jackson," said he,
"standing there like a stone wall. Rally behind him." With this his
brigade fell into line.

       *       *       *       *       *

Early's troops arrived and formed. The Federals were beaten into a
tumultuous retreat that never slacked until Centerville was reached.

From that day the name "Stonewall" attached to Thomas Jonathan Jackson
and was peculiarly appropriate as indicating the adamantine, unyielding
character of the man.

The motto of his life was: "A man can do what he wills to do," and in
his resolves he depended for guidance upon Divine leading. He tried
always to throw a religious atmosphere about his men; and out of respect
to his feelings, if for no other reason, they often refrained from evil.
His mount was a little sorrel horse, that the men affirmed was
strikingly like him as it could not run except towards the enemy.

The ardent love of his troops for him made the tragedy of his death the
more deplorable. Mistaking him for the enemy as he was returning from
the front, in the gathering darkness at Chancellorsville, May, 1863, his
own men shot him,--shot him down with victory in his grasp.

The whole country was horror-struck. Friend and foe alike paused in
sympathy at such a situation.

To the Southern cause it was more than the taking off of a leader; it
was an irreparable loss. By his death was left a gap in the Confederate
ranks that no one else could fill.

Prior to the breaking out of the war Jackson had been unknown, but in
the two years of his service he accomplished more than any other officer
on his side. He saved Richmond from early fall by keeping the Union
forces apart, until he was joined by Lee, when together they drove
McClellan from within a few miles of the Confederate Capital and cleared
the James River of gunboats.

In his report from Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee pays tribute
to the illustrious officer thus:--

"The movement by which the enemy's position was turned and the fortune
of the day decided, was conducted by the lamented Lieutenant General
Jackson, who, as has already been stated, was severely wounded near the
close of the engagement Saturday evening. I do not propose here to speak
of the character of this illustrious man, since removed from the scene
of his eminent usefulness, by the hand of an inscrutable but all-wise
Providence. I nevertheless desire to pay the tribute of my admiration
to the matchless energy and skill that marked this last act of his life,
forming as it did a worthy conclusion of that long series of splendid
achievements which won for him the lasting love and gratitude of his
country.

               "R. E. LEE.

                     "GENERAL S. COOPER,
                         "Adjt. and Insp. Gen. C. S. Army,
                             "Richmond, Va."



STONEWALL JACKSON


    NOT midst the lightning of the stormy fight,
      Nor in the rush upon the vandal foe,
    Did Kingly Death with his resistless might
      Lay the great leader low.

    His warrior soul its earthly shackles broke
      In the full sunshine of a peaceful town;
    When all the storm was hushed, the trusty oak
      That propped our cause went down.

    Though his alone the blood that flecks the ground,
      Recalling all his grand heroic deeds,
    Freedom herself is writhing in the wound
      And all the country bleeds.

    He entered not the Nation's Promised Land,
      At the red belching of the cannon's mouth
    But broke the House of Bondage with his hand,
      The Moses of the South!

    O gracious God! not gainless is the loss;
      A glorious sunbeam gilds thy sternest frown,
    And while his country staggers neath the Cross,
      He rises with the Crown.

                     HENRY LYNDEN FLASH.

  [Illustration: HIGH TIDE AT GETTYSBURG.]



THE HIGH TIDE AT GETTYSBURG


    A CLOUD possessed the hollow field,
    The gathering battle's smoky shield:
    Athwart the gloom the lightning flashed,
    And through the cloud some horsemen dashed,
    And from the heights the thunder pealed.

    Then, at the brief command of Lee,
    Moved out that matchless infantry,
    With Pickett leading grandly down,
    To rush against the roaring crown,
    Of those dread heights of destiny.

    Far heard above the angry guns
    A cry across the tumult runs,--
    The voice that rang through Shiloh's woods
    And Chickamauga's solitudes,
    The fierce South cheering on her sons!

    Ah, how the withering tempest blew
    Against the front of Pettigrew!
    A Khamsin wind that scorched and singed
    Like that infernal flame that fringed
    The British squares at Waterloo!

    A thousand fell where Kemper led;
    A thousand died where Garnett bled:
    In blinding flame and strangling smoke
    The remnant through the batteries broke
    And crossed the works with Armistead.

    "Once more in Glory's van with me!"
    Virginia cried to Tennessee;
    "We two together, come what may,
    Shall stand upon these works today!"
    (The reddest day in history.)

    Brave Tennessee! In reckless way
    Virginia heard her comrade say:
    "Close round this rent and riddled rag!"
    What time she set her battle-flag
    Amid the guns of Doubleday.

    But who shall break the guards that wait
    Before the awful face of Fate?
    The tattered standards of the South
    Were shriveled at the cannon's mouth,
    And all her hopes were desolate.

    In vain the Tennesseean set
    His breast against the bayonet;
    In vain Virginia charged and raged,
    A tigress in her wrath uncaged,
    Till all the hill was red and wet.

    Above the bayonets, mixed and crossed,
    Men saw a gray, gigantic ghost
    Receding through the battle-cloud,
    And heard across the tempest loud
    The death-cry of a nation lost!

    The brave went down! Without disgrace
    They leaped to Ruin's red embrace;
    They only heard Fame's thunders wake,
    And saw the dazzling sun-burst break
    In smiles on Glory's bloody face!

    They fell, who lifted up a hand
    And bade the sun in heaven to stand;
    They smote and fell, who set the bars
    Against the progress of the stars,
    And stayed the march of Motherland!

    They stood, who saw the future come
    On through the fight's delirium;
    They smote and stood, who held the hope
    Of nations on that slippery slope
    Amid the cheers of Christendom.

    God lives! He forged the iron will
    That clutched and held the trembling hill!
    God lives and reigns! He built and lent
    The heights for freedom's battlement
    Where floats her flag in triumph still!

    Fold up the banners! Smelt the guns!
    Love rules. Her gentler purpose runs.
    A mighty mother turns in tears
    The pages of her battle years,
    Lamenting all her fallen sons!

                     WILL HENRY THOMPSON.



UNITED


    ALL day it shook the land--grim battle's thunder tread;
    And fields at morning green, at eve are trampled red.
    But now, on the stricken scene, twilight and quiet fall;
    Only, from hill to hill, night's tremulous voices call;
    And comes from far along, where camp fires warning burn,
    The dread, hushed sound which tells of morning's sad return.

    Timidly nature awakens; the stars come out overhead,
    And a flood of moonlight breaks like a voiceless prayer for the dead.
    And steals the blessed wind, like Odin's fairest daughter,
    In viewless ministry, over the fields of slaughter;
    Soothing the smitten life, easing the pang of death,
    And bearing away on high the passing warrior's breath.

    Two youthful forms are lying apart from the thickest fray,
    The one in Northern blue, the other in Southern gray.
    Around his lifeless foeman the arms of each are pressed,
    And the head of one is pillowed upon the other's breast.
    As if two loving brothers, wearied with work and play,
    Had fallen asleep together, at close of the summer day.
    Foemen were they, and brothers?--Again the battle's din,
    With its sullen, cruel answer, from far away breaks in.

                     BENJAMIN SLEDD.



OLD HEART OF OAK


TO the Navy is ascribed the larger shares in the Civil War, of
overcoming the prowess of the South. "The blockade sapped the industrial
strength of the Confederacy."

A powerful factor in this blockade was David G. Farragut. Farragut was a
Southerner by birth--a Tennessean--and fought, as it were, against his
own hearthstone. Yet, when it is considered that from early youth he was
in the marine service of the government and by arms upheld the national
flag, and when it is remembered with what reverence the seaman regards
the flag under which he serves, his choice is not surprising.

Scenes wherein men fought and died for the Stars and Stripes and often
with their dying breath expressing adoration of the nation's emblem were
common experiences of his life.

In his memoirs is related a pathetic story of a youth's death from
accidental shooting. "Put me in the boat," implored he of his comrades,
"that I may die under my country's flag." Another, a young Scotchman,
who had a leg cut off in battle, cried out mournfully, "I can no longer
be of use to the flag of my adoption," and threw himself overboard.

The necessity of choosing between the North and the South brought
Farragut many sleepless nights and forced him between the fires of
censure from the South and doubt of his fealty from the North, as it was
recognized that the Southern man, as a rule, felt that his first
allegiance was due to his State.

When he was but a lad of seven years, Farragut lost his mother and was
adopted by his father's friend, that fighting old Commodore David
Porter, who was destined to raise both his adopted and his own son to
become admirals in the United States Navy.

For little Dave Farragut the sea had always a wonderful fascination, and
at the age of twelve he was made a midshipman on the _Essex_, a warship
of 1812. The _Essex_ one day captured a whaling vessel, and Captain
Porter placed David in charge to steer her across the Pacific. The
captain of the whaler, when clear of the _Essex_, thought to regain his
vessel from the boy, by countermanding his orders. He threatened to
shoot any sailor who dared to disobey him. Right here, the mettle that
was to make Farragut the head of the American navy and the idol of the
American people manifested itself. He repeated his order at first given;
and when the mutinous captain appeared from below decks where he had
gone for his pistols, he was told by the youthful commander that he
would have to stay below or be thrown overboard. He chose the former.

To this same dauntless spirit, the Federal government owed the blockade
of the lower Mississippi and the closing of the ports of Mobile Bay,
that inflicted such injuries upon the Confederacy as to hasten the end
of the war. "With ports closed," says an authority, "the Southern armies
were reduced to a pitiful misery, the long endurance of which makes a
noble chapter in heroism."

The lower Mississippi was controlled by the Confederates. Possession of
the river and the capture of New Orleans could be accomplished only by
running the forts situated below the city some seventy miles. To run the
forts with wooden vessels and escape destruction from the armed vessels
of the Confederacy in the Mississippi was a hazardous undertaking.
Farragut believed he could do this. In December, 1861, he wrote to a
friend: "Keep your lips closed and burn my letters. Perfect silence is
the first injunction of the Secretary. I am to have a _flag_ in the
gulf, and the rest depends upon myself."

In March he again wrote, "I have now attained what I have been looking
for all my life--a _flag_--and having attained it, all that is necessary
to complete the scene is a victory." The victory he was soon to have.

At two o'clock the morning of April 24, 1862, the signal for the start
for the forts was given. In a few moments the thunderous roar of
batteries and guns broke upon the air. The river became a mass of
writhing flame.

"The passing of Forts Jackson and St. Phillips was one of the most awful
sights and events I ever saw or expect to experience," says Farragut.
Rafts of cotton were set on fire by the Confederates and came down the
river, scattering disaster as they came. One of these caught the
_Hartford_, Farragut's flagship, and set it on fire. So high rose the
flames that even the courageous commander was for the moment daunted and
exclaimed, "My God! is this to end this way!" By the expeditious use of
the hose the flames were controlled.

The strong barriers across the river were broken. By repeated and
desperate efforts the Confederate boats were sunk or disabled. The levee
at New Orleans was gained. The Crescent City was taken.

Thus was accomplished a feat in naval warfare reckoned without a
parallel in naval history, except in that of twenty-four months later in
Mobile Bay. In compliment to his exploit the rank of rear admiral was
conferred upon Farragut. Of the fleet, as subordinate officers, were
Dewey and Schley, a future admiral and a rear-admiral.

To his home, the victorious commander addressed the following letter:--

"My dearest Wife and Boy.

"I am so agitated I can scarcely write, and I shall only tell you that
it has pleased Almighty God to preserve my life through a fire such as
the world has scarcely known."

When the ships lay safely at the levee with but one of the squadron
lost, Farragut by note requested the mayor of New Orleans to remove the
Confederate flag and to surrender the city formally. In curt terms the
doughty mayor refused to do so, stating there was not in the city of New
Orleans a man who would take down that flag. Then ensued a most unique
correspondence between the two, through which Farragut made himself
misunderstood to the extent that it was rumored that it was his
intention to turn the guns on the city. At the expiration of forty-eight
hours, however, an officer of the fleet removed the offending flag and
hoisted the Stars and Stripes over the city hall.

To injure purposely the defenseless, as in turning the guns on the city,
was not in keeping with the nature of David Farragut as revealed in
history. Power combined with gentleness were the marked traits of his
character. This gentleness had its finest reflex in his delicate
attentions to his invalid wife. In the presence of her continuous
suffering his warrior nature was laid aside, and his chivalric kindness
shone forth in acts of rare devotion and tender care.

When he was asked one day, as to his feelings during a battle in seeing
men fall writhing upon every side, he answered, "I thought of nothing
but the working of the guns; but after the battle, when I saw the
mangled bodies of my shipmates, dead and dying, groaning and expiring
often with the most patriotic sentiments upon their lips, I became faint
and sick. My sympathies were all aroused." Markedly noticeable in his
letters is the absence of self-elation over his victories. There are,
rather, a rejoicing in the advancement of his cause and gratitude to the
Almighty for preservation. In this we read anew the lesson of true
greatness.

Just prior to entering into the noted action of Mobile Bay, he wrote his
son respecting his views of duty and death. "He who dies in doing his
duty to his country, and at peace with his God, has played out the drama
of life to the best advantage." Shortly after this was penned, the
_Hartford_ was steaming into Mobile Bay, under the heavy fire of guns of
Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, in the execution of a naval feat that
attracted the attention and admiration of the whole civilized world.

  [Illustration: THE BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY.]

At the mouth of the bay the two islands upon which the forts stood were
less than a mile apart. The passage had been strewn with torpedoes by
the Confederates, and only a narrow strip of water was left clear.
Through this strip went Farragut's fleet: the _Tecumseh_ first, the
_Brooklyn_ next, the _Hartford_ third. Suddenly the prow of the
_Tecumseh_ lifted: she veered and sank. The _Brooklyn_ backed and held
Farragut's ship directly under the guns of Fort Morgan. Shot and shell
hurtled in the air. The smoke grew dense. The fire from the cannons lit
the heavens. Men shouted and fell.

"What's the matter!" called Farragut.

"Torpedoes," some one answered.

Never a profane man, he now gave vent to an oath, and cried out, "Full
speed, Jouett. Four bells, Captain Drayton."

The _Hartford_ steamed to the front. The torpedoes crackled under her as
she sped on; but the forts were passed. And high in the rigging of his
ship, in full view of the enemy and imminent danger of the fiery
missiles, was seen Farragut, whence he directed all the ships'
maneuvers. An officer, observing him standing there, feared lest a shot
would cause his fall, and carried a rope and lashed him to the mast.

In maddened fury the ironclad _Tennessee_ plunged straight at the
_Hartford_. All the fleet bore down upon the Confederate ship. And
crowding together, the _Lackawanna_, needing room, struck the flagship
by accident, and came near striking the commander. Against the
_Tennessee_ every Federal ship now redoubled her efforts, until,
battered and bruised and despairing, she struck her colors.

The captain of the _Tennessee_ was Buchanan, the same who commanded the
_Merrimac_ in her fight with the _Monitor_ in Hampton Roads. "The
_Tennessee_ and Buchanan are my prisoners," wrote Farragut home. "He
has lost a leg. It was a hard fight, but Buck met his fate manfully."

Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines surrendered and Farragut's fierce conflicts
were at an end. Nearly so was his path of life. Congress honored him
with the rank of admiral, the highest honor to be conferred. America and
foreign nations extended him the most distinguishing courtesies. And
then--the unseen Pilot steered his course across the unknown sea unto
the harbor of the city Eternal.



FARRAGUT


    FARRAGUT, Farragut,
      Old Heart of Oak,
    Daring Dave Farragut,
      Thunderbolt stroke,
    Watches the hoary mist
      Lift from the bay,
    Till his flag, glory-kissed,
      Greets the young day.

    Far, by gray Morgan's walls,
      Looms the black fleet.
    Hark, deck to rampart calls
      With the drums' beat!
    Buoy your chains overboard,
      While the steam hums;
    Men! to the battlement,
      Farragut comes.

    See, as the hurricane
      Hurtles in wrath
    Squadrons of clouds amain
      Back from its path!
    Back to the parapet,
      To the gun's lips,
    Thunderbolt Farragut
      Hurls the black ships.

    Now through the battle's roar
      Clear the boy sings,
    "By the mark fathoms four,"
      While his lead swings.
    Steadily the wheelmen five
      "Nor' by East keep her."
    "Steady," but two alive:
      How the shells sweep her!

    Lashed to the mast that sways
      Over red decks,
    Over the flame that plays
      Round the torn wrecks,
    Over the dying lips
      Framed for a cheer,
    Farragut leads his ships,
      Guides the line clear.

    On by heights cannon-browed,
      While the spars quiver;
    Onward still flames the cloud
      Where the hulls shiver.
    See, yon fort's star is set,
      Storm and fire past.
    Cheer him, lads--Farragut,
      Lashed to the mast!

    Oh! while Atlantic's breast
      Bears a white sail,
    While the Gulf's towering crest
      Tops a green vale,
    Men thy bold deeds shall tell,
      Old Heart of Oak,
    Daring Dave Farragut,
      Thunderbolt stroke!

                     WILLIAM TUCKEY MEREDITH.

  August, 1864.



PINE AND PALM

(GRANT AND LEE)

     Charles Francis Adams in address before Chicago Chapter of Phi Beta
     Kappa, June 17, 1902.


I NOW come to what I have always regarded--shall ever regard as the most
creditable episode in all American history,--an episode without a
blemish,--imposing, dignified, simple, heroic. I refer to Appomattox.
Two men met that day, representative of American civilization, the whole
world looking on. The two were Grant and Lee,--types each. Both rose,
and rose unconsciously, to the full height of the occasion,--and than
that occasion there has been none greater. About it and them, there was
no theatrical display, no self-consciousness, no effort at effect. A
great crisis was to be met; and they met that crisis as great countrymen
should.

That month of April saw the close of exactly four years of persistent
strife,--a strife which the whole civilized world had been watching
intently. Then, suddenly, came the dramatic climax at Appomattox,
dramatic I say, not theatrical,--severe in its simple, sober,
matter-of-fact majesty. The world, I again assert, has seen nothing like
it; and the world, instinctively, was at the time conscious of the fact.
I like to dwell on the familiar circumstances of the day; on its
momentous outcome; on its far-reaching results. It affords one of the
greatest educational object lessons to be found in history; and the
actors were worthy of the theater, the auditory, and the play.

A mighty tragedy was drawing to a close. The breathless world was the
audience. It was a bright, balmy April Sunday in a quiet Virginia
landscape, with two veteran armies confronting each other; one game to
the death, completely in the grasp of the other. The future was at
stake. What might ensue? What might not ensue? Would the strife end then
and there? Would it die in a death-grapple, only to reappear in that
chronic form of a vanquished but indomitable people, writhing and
struggling, in the grasp of an insatiate but only nominal victor?

The answer depended on two men,--the captains of the contending forces.
Think what then might have resulted had these two men been other than
what they were,--had the one been stern and aggressive, the other sullen
and unyielding. Most fortunately for us, they were what and who they
were,--_Grant and Lee. Of the two, I know not to which to award the
palm._ Instinctively, unconsciously, they vied not unsuccessfully each
with the other, in dignity, magnanimity, simplicity.



THE CONQUERED BANNER


LIKE several other poems of renown, "The Conquered Banner" was written
under stress of deep emotion.

Abram J. Ryan (Father Ryan) had been ordained as a Catholic priest.
Shortly after his ordination he was made a chaplain in the Confederate
army.

When the news came of General Lee's surrender at Appomattox he was in
his room in Knoxville, where his regiment was quartered.

He bowed his head upon the table and wept bitterly.

He then arose and looked about him for a piece of paper, but could find
nothing but a sheet of brown paper wrapped about a pair of shoes.
Spreading this out upon the table, he, "in a spirit of sorrow and
desolation" as expressed in his own words, wrote upon it "The Conquered
Banner."

The following morning the regiment was ordered away, and the poem upon
the table was forgotten. To the author's surprise it appeared over his
name, in a Louisville paper, a few weeks later, having been forwarded to
the paper by the lady in whose house he had stopped in Knoxville.

The poem was widely copied, and was read at gatherings throughout the
South with ardor and often with tears.

As an expression of sorrow without bitterness it is considered a fine
example.



THE CONQUERED BANNER


    FURL that Banner, for 'tis weary;
    Round its staff 'tis drooping dreary;
      Furl it, fold it--it is best;
    For there's not a man to wave it,
    And there's not a sword to save it,
    And there's not one left to lave it
    In the blood which heroes gave it;
    And its foes now scorn and brave it;
      Furl it, hide it--let it rest!

    Take that Banner down! 'tis tattered;
    Broken is its staff and shattered;
    And the valiant hosts are scattered,
      Over whom it floated high.
    Oh, 'tis hard for us to fold it,
    Hard to think there's none to hold it,
    Hard that those who once unrolled it
      Now must furl it with a sigh!

    Furl that Banner--furl it sadly;
    Once ten thousands hailed it gladly,
    And ten thousands wildly, madly,
      Swore it should forever wave--
    Swore that foeman's sword could never
    Hearts like theirs entwined dissever,
    And that flag should float forever
      O'er their freedom or their grave!

    Furl it! for the hands that grasped it,
    And the hearts that fondly clasped it,
      Cold and dead are lying low;
    And the Banner--it is trailing,
    While around it sounds the wailing
      Of its people in their woe.

    For, though conquered, they adore it--
    Love the cold, dead hands that bore it!
      Weep for those who fell before it!
    Pardon those who trailed and tore it!
    But, oh, wildly they deplore it,
      Now who furl and fold it so!

    Furl that Banner! True, 'tis gory,
    Yet, 'tis wreathed around with glory,
    And 'twill live in song and story
      Though its folds are in the dust!
    For its fame on brightest pages,
    Penned by poets and by sages,
    Shall go sounding down the ages--
      Furl its folds though now we must.

    Furl that Banner, softly, slowly;
    Treat it gently--it is holy,
      For it droops above the dead;
    Touch it not--unfold it never;
    Let it droop there, furled forever,--
      For its people's hopes are fled.

                     ABRAM JOSEPH RYAN.



DEATH OF GRANT


    AS one by one withdraw the lofty actors
    From that great play on history's stage eternal,
    That lurid, partial act of war and peace--of old and new contending,
    Fought out through wrath, fears, dark dismays, and many a long suspense;
    All past--and since, in countless graves receding, mellowing
    Victor and vanquished--Lincoln's and Lee's--now thou with them,
    Man of the mighty day--and equal to the day!
    Thou from the prairies?--and tangled and many veined and hard has been thy
                                                                         part,
        To admiration has it been enacted!

                     WALT WHITMAN.


    The humblest soldier who carried a musket is entitled to as much
    credit for the results of the war as those who were in command.

                     U. S. GRANT.

  [Illustration: U. S. GRANT.]



ROBERT E. LEE


    A GALLANT foeman in the fight,
      A brother when the fight was o'er,
    The hand that led the host with might
      The blessed torch of learning bore.

    No shriek of shells nor roll of drums,
      No challenge fierce, resounding far,
    When reconciling wisdom comes
      To heal the cruel wounds of war.

    Thought may the minds of men divide,
      Love makes the heart of nations one,
    And so, thy soldier grave beside,
      We honor thee, Virginia's son.

                     JULIA WARD HOWE.

  [Illustration: ROBERT E. LEE.]



OLD GLORY ON THE ISLAND


MEN who have had grave differences and looked at each other coldly and
passed with unsmiling faces have, when some calamity threatened, sprang
shoulder to shoulder and spent their united strength in defense of a
common cause.

Thus in the Spanish-American spurt of war,--serious enough, too serious,
alas, in some aspects; but great in some of its beneficent results. In
that call, "To Arms!" was laid to rest--forever forgotten--the old
enmity between the North and the South, engendered by the Civil Strife.

On the island of Cuba, the trenches of the United States Army were five
miles in extent and in shape of a horseshoe. Above the trenches, five
curving miles of _Stars and Stripes_ gleamed.

To the United States prisoners, confined in the prison, within sight
of these flags, but _under the flag of Spain_, the waving emblems before
their eyes brought daily hope and courage.

  [Illustration: EVERY MAN UNCOVERED AND STOOD WITH SILENT LIPS, AND
  EYES FIXED ON OLD GLORY.]

In full vision of the men in the trenches fluttered the flag of Spain;
above their heads Old Glory flew,--the sheltering Stripes and Stars.

As night came down, and land and shimmering sea was bathed in the white
light of the sub-tropics, the strains of the "Star-Spangled Banner" were
borne upon the air and fell away softly, as if coming from across the
water. Every man uncovered and stood with silent lips, and eyes fixed
upon Old Glory until the last echoing note died in the distance, then
turned again to duties; but upon his face was stamped the deeper
understanding of the meaning of it all--_of Flag, and Home, and
Country_.

Thus from the shores of a tropic island, fighting together for the flag
of the nation, both Blue and Gray gained a new and happier viewpoint;
and looking back across the warm and shining waters of the Gulf Stream,
each knew that all was good, and said:--

    "Lo! from the thunder-strife,
    And from the blown, white ashes of the dead,
      We rise to larger life."

    "There is a peace amid'st the shock of arms,
    That satisfies the soul, though all the air
      Hurtles with horror and with rude alarms."

    "That clarion cry, My country! makes men one."



WHEELER'S BRIGADE AT SANTIAGO


    'NEATH the lanes of the tropic sun
      The column is standing ready,
    Awaiting the fateful command of one
      Whose word will ring out
      To an answering shout
    To prove it alert and steady.
    And a stirring chorus all of them sung
      With singleness of endeavor,
    Though some to "The Bonny Blue Flag" had swung
      And some to "The Union For Ever."

    The order came sharp through the desperate air
      And the long ranks rose to follow,
    Till their dancing banners shone more fair
      Than the brightest ray
      Of the Cuban day
    On the hill and jungled hollow;
    And to "Maryland" some in the days gone by
     Had fought through the combat's rumble
    And some for "Freedom's Battle-Cry"
      Had seen the broad earth crumble.

    Full many a widow weeps in the night
      Who had been a man's wife in the morning;
    For the banners we loved we bore to the height
      Where the enemy stood
      As a hero should
    His valor his country adorning;
    But drops of pride with your tears of grief,
      Ye American women, mix ye!
    For the North and South, with a Southern chief,
      Kept time to the tune of "Dixie."

                     WALLACE RICE.



SOLDIERS


    SO many, many soldiers
      At reveille fared forth;
    Such ready, willing soldiers,
      From sunny South and North.

    So many gallant soldiers
      At noon to face the fight;
    So many weary wounded
      Home-dreaming in the night.

    So many quick to answer
      To drum and bugle sound;
    So many war-scarred sleepers
      On death's white-tented ground.

    O soldiers, silent soldiers,
      Calm-sleeping in the sun,
    Beneath one happy flag again,
      God rest you, every one.

    Of every human difference
      Great Time, the high priest, shrives;
    While Southern winds are telling
      The fragrance of brave lives.

    Beneath the Southern willows,
      In slumber folded deep,
    O soldiers, brothers, every one,
      God's peace attend your sleep.

                     WILL ALLEN DROMGOOLE.

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    Our battle-fields, safe in the keeping,
      Of Nature's kind, fostering care,
    Are blooming,--our heroes are sleeping,--
      And peace broods perennial there.
    All over our land rings the story
      Of loyalty, fervent and true;
    "One flag, and that flag is Old Glory,"
      Alike for the Gray and the Blue.

                     JOHN HOWARD JEWETT.


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  Printed in the United States of America.



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Transcriber's Note:

  The original punctuation, language and spelling have been retained,
  except where noted. The following changes were made to the original
  text (correction in brackets):

  Page v: for "Soldiers"; to Mr. John Howard Jewitt[Jewett] for
  Page v: for "The Cruise of the Monitor" by George M.[H.] Boker;
  Page 60: Now all is hushed: th[the] gleaming lines
  Page 67: And the star-spangled banner n[in] triumph shall wave
  Page 74: Packenham[Pakenham]!
  Page 75: General Packenham[Pakenham] heroically waved his troops
  Page 80: As fair and free as now[now?]
  Page 83: CHARLES DAWSON SHANLEY[SHANLY].
  Page 113: GEORGE M. BAKER[H. BOKER].
  Page 173: WILL ALLEN DROMGOLOE[DROMGOOLE].

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