“Capture of Richmond and Petersburg” Ballad
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“Well sing the doom and the final fall/Of the boasting chivalry, one and all:/And how Grant drove them to the wall,/ Way down in Old Virginia”
This poem and broadside celebrated the capture of Richmond and Petersburg that ultimately ended the Civil War. The poem describes how General U.S. Grant defeated General Lee and Longstreet and also pokes fun at Confederate President Jefferson Davis. [G. P. HARDWICK].
Broadside Poem, Respectfully Dedicated to the Army of the Potomac. Washington, 1865. 1 p. in blue and red ink. 8 ¾ x 13⅜ in.
“Well sing the doom and the final fall/Of the boasting chivalry, one and all:/And how Grant drove them to the wall,/ Way down in Old VirginiaLee saw that Grants strategic plans/Defeated him on every had,/And he will with Davis soon would land/In the ditch of the Rebellion./ Grant Longstreet drew far from his base,/Whipped Gordon and Hill before his face,/And sent him on a steeple chase/From Richmond with his army/Twas burn and plunder through the town,/While Jeff dressed up in his wifes gown/Took a hasty leave of his Cotton Throne,/While we captured the Rebel cities”
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