Patriotic and Promiscuous Poems
Excerpt from Patriotic and Promiscuous Poems On the 9th of August, 1862, I enlisted in the United States Volunteer Army, for three years, or during the Civil War. Later our company (G) was assigned to the Thirty-fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, whose first camp was on Muscatine Island, near the city of Muscatine, Iowa. While there a number of the soldiers subscribed for the Muscatine Journal. At one time during the following winter several of our regiment were in the General Hospital at Cairo, Illinois, myself among the number. One day one of them asked me if I had seen an article of poetry published in the "Muscatine Journal" and written (by a private of our regiment) on a building at Camp Strong. I had not seen the paper, but asked him him if he could repeat any of the lines. After he repeated some of them I told him I had written it while on guard there. No doubt but I would have forgotten the circumstance had it not been called to my mind. I think it was about twenty-four years after the war and while our regimental associations were having their second reunion at Muscatine. I went to the "Journal" office and in the files of November, 1862, I easily found the following items: Camp Strong, Nov. 14th, 1862. The following original lines, author unknown shows that there is a Poet in the ranks. They are recorded on the door post of the Secretary's Office at the entrance of the Fair Grounds. The place is noted for the number of empty clothing boxes, but very little else. A guard is kept there day and night, but what he has to guard is hard to make out. As it is Beat No. 14, of course the new relief does not pass without having a new guard every two hours. As none but privates are placed on the beats, to one of that class belongs the credit, I give it ver batim. - I'll stack my gun and write a lineTo show you how I pass the time.I'm placed here now to guard the door.And all this vast amount of store. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.