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Gordon, H.L. (fl. 1861) [A soldier's poem]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06559.038 Author/Creator: Gordon, H.L. (fl. 1861) Place Written: Maryland Type: Autograph manuscript signed Date: 12 November 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes from Camp Stone. Includes a poem entitled, "Lines on the death of my friend Louis Mitchell of Co. I 1st Regt Minnesota Vols: who was killed in a skirmish on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Oct. 21st 1861." Gordon's friend, Lewis Mitchell, was the only man killed in this battle. Describes his friend's death in detail in the poem, and states that he died an honorable death for the love of his country.

People: Ogden, Sarah Perot, b. 1831.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Women's History, Soldier's Letter, Union Soldier's Letter, Hospital, Patriotism, Battle, Friendship, Death, Poetry

Sub Era: The American Civil War