A collection of 28 poems and 28 essays along with a selection of historical photos, sketches, and quotes that are dedicated to the lost and forgotten of the Civil War, by award winning author, Lisa G. Samia. Selections within this work earned her the award of FINALIST for the Artist in Residence Program for the National Parks Arts Foundation Gettysburg Poetry 2018. Each poem is a narrative, a story told from an imagined person who is witnessing and experiencing some event during the Civil War.
Includes original sketch artwork "Bundle of Twigs" and "Unknown Confederate Soldier" drawn exclusively for this collection by artist, Shannon A. Reedy. The "Bundle of Twigs" icon is used to symbolize the hardships and suffering of the Civil War. The sketch "The Unknown Confederate Soldier" is of the headstones amassed at the Springwood Cemetery in Greenville, S.C.
The inspiration of the collection comes from the very first poem and essay on Michael Dougherty of the 13th Pennsylvania Calvary. Michael was captured and imprisoned in several Confederate prisons such as Pemberton, Barrett’s, Libby, Belle Island and finally served the duration of his sentence at Andersonville Prison in Andersonville, Georgia.
Over the course of the 23 months and 17 days he was confined to prison, Michael kept a diary. It was only after I read the diary, especially regarding his confinement at Andersonville that the horror of this death camp came to life. Overcrowding, starvation, madness and sickness were prevalent throughout the prison. And it was Michael’s daily written count of men who were dead or dying, stating them as numbers without names or faces, that the inspiration for this collection was brought forth.
What of all of those thousands of soldiers, who were they? History tells us that after the Civil War many of these soldiers were eventually identified, yet what became of the ones who were not? And what about the civilians of the Civil War, those who starved to death, fell to disease or simply died of a broken heart? What became of them?
Most of the poems and essays in this collection are based upon actual historical facts about a person or an event of the war. The narrator in each poem is an imagined civilian or soldier who was lost to history, yet through this creative venue is telling their story of what is was like to be at Shiloh, or be tended to by Louisa May Alcott, or watch John Wilkes Booth die on the front porch of the Garrett farm on April 26, 1865.
The corresponding essays are the factual representation as provided by history, along with my thoughts and feelings. The result of the combination of the narration with rhyme of the poem and the historical reference of the essay brings forth these voices and gives those lost and forgotten souls a chance to be heard, to tell their story and live again.
Lisa G. Samia is an award winner poet, author and speaker who loves American History. She was honored with the award of FINALIST for the Artist in Residence Program from the National Parks Arts Foundation Gettysburg Poetry 2018. She is the author of the historical fiction, "My Name is John Singer," an imagined account of John Wilkes Booth. Her contemporary romantic poetry collection, "The Man with the Ice Blue Eyes" debuted #1 in Women's Poetry on Amazon. She has also appeared as a guest speaker at the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD and the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in English and has appeared on local television multiple times for her writing. A Boston native, she is happily married and lives in Avon, CT.
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Table of Contents
POEM NAME / ESSAY TITLE
- Andersonville / Andersonville Prison, The Diary of Michael Doughtery
- Walt Whitman / Walt Whitman, Civil War Nurse
- Wounded / The Casualties of War
- Antietam / The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 Sharpsburg Maryland
- Nameless and Faceless / The Unknowns of Battle
- Miss Louisa / Lousia May Alcott, Civil War Nurse
- Atlanta / General Sherman's March through Atlanta
- The Letter / Seige of Vicksburg
- Wait for Me / Battle of Gettysburg
- Ode from a Confederate Soldier / Confederate General Robert E. Lee
- Dearest Joseph / Battle of Stones River
- Doctor Help Me Please / Daniel M. Holt, M.D., Civil War Surgeon
- My Darling Virginia / My Darling Virginia, A Love Letter, Major Sullivan Ballou
- Stonewall / General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
- The Wilderness / The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864
- Jennie Wade / The Short Life of Jennie Wade
- Shiloh / Shiloh, As defined in Hebrew means "place of peace"
- The Drummer Boy / Robert Henry Hendershot, The Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock
- The Angel of Marye's Heights / Robert Rowland Kirkland
- Dear Mrs. Stevens / Dear Mrs. Stevens, A Letter from the Battlefield
- A Deep Latent Saddness / President Abraham Lincoln
- Richmond / The Burning of Richmond, Virginia, The Capital of the Confederacy
- No More on Bended Knee / Richmond, Virginia, April 4, 1865
- Appomattax Court House / Wilmer McLean
- The Third Floor / The Petersen House, Where Lincoln Died
- Tudor Hall, Bel Air, Maryland / Asia Booth Clarke
- My Front Porch / Richard Garrett's Farm, Port Royal, Virginia, April 26, 1865
- Johnnie / John Wilkes Booth
- About the Author
- References and Historical Sources