Collection: Stephen Griffin Collection >> Bivouac of the dead / by Theodore O'Hara.
Bivouac of the dead /
by Theodore O'Hara.
|Main Creator:||O'Hara, Theodore, 1820-1867.|
|Published / Created:||
Aiken, S.C. : Ye Palmetto Press, 1900.
Title in red and black within ornamental border; colophon in red.
Colophon: So here endeth the poem. Bivouac of the dead as written by Theodore O'Hara: done into a booklet by W.L. Washburn at Ye Palmetto Press, Aiken, S.C., in the month of September MCM.
O'Hara is the author of what is perhaps the best known poem of the Civil War, commonly thought to have been written for the Confederate dead but in reality was penned as a tribute to Kentucky's dead in the Mexican-American War. Theodore O'Hara was born in Danville, Kentucky, February 11, 1820, the son of Kane O'Hara, an Irish political exile, and a teacher and proprietor of a local academy. O'Hara was well-trained by his father, so much so that he was enabled to join the senior class of St. Joseph's College, a Roman Catholic institution at Bardstown, Kentucky. Upon his graduation, O'Hara was offered the chair of Greek, but he declined it in order to study law. Young Theodore became a life-long friend with a fellow student, John Cabell Breckinridge. O'Hara would later serve on the staff of his friend when the latter became general officer of the Confederate Army. He wrote little of special merit besides the two poems, "The Bivouac of the Dead" and "A Dirge for the Brave Old Pioneer". The last four lines of the opening stanza of the former are inscribed over the entrance to the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia.
Physical description: 14 pages ; 16 cm
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