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Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War

By Herman Melville
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  • Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War.
  • The Portent.
  • Contents.
    • Verses Inscriptive and Memorial
    • Misgivings.
    • The Conflict of Convictions.[1]
    • Apathy and Enthusiasm.
    • The March into Virginia,
      • Ending in the First Manassas.
    • Ending in the First Manassas.
    • Lyon.
      • Battle of Springfield, Missouri.
    • Battle of Springfield, Missouri.
    • Ball's Bluff.
      • A Reverie.
    • A Reverie.
    • Dupont's Round Fight.
    • The Stone Fleet.[2]
      • An Old Sailor's Lament.
    • An Old Sailor's Lament.
    • Donelson.
    • The Cumberland.
    • In the Turret.
    • The Temeraire.[3]
    • A Utilitarian View of the Monitors Fight.
    • Shiloh.
      • A Requiem.
    • A Requiem.
    • The Battle for the Mississipppi.
    • Malvern Hill.
    • The Victor of Antietam.[5]
    • Battle of Stone River, Tennessee.
      • A View from Oxford Cloisters.
    • A View from Oxford Cloisters.
    • Running the Batteries,
      • As observed from the Anchorage above Vicksburgh.
    • As observed from the Anchorage above Vicksburgh.
    • Stonewall Jackson.
      • Mortally wounded at Chancellorsville.
    • Mortally wounded at Chancellorsville.
    • Stonewall Jackson.
      • (Ascribed to a Virginian.)
    • (Ascribed to a Virginian.)
    • Gettysburg.
      • The Check.
    • The Check.
    • The House-top.
      • A Night Piece.
    • A Night Piece.
    • Look-out Mountain.
      • The Night Fight.
    • The Night Fight.
    • Chattanooga.
    • The Armies of the Wilderness.
    • On the Photograph of a Corps Commander.
    • The Swamp Angel.[11]
    • The Battle for the Bay.
    • Sheridan at Cedar Creek.
    • In the Prison Pen.
    • The College Colonel.
    • The Eagle of the Blue.[12]
    • A Dirge for McPherson,[13]
      • Killed in front of Atlanta.
    • Killed in front of Atlanta.
    • At the Cannon's Mouth.
      • Destruction of the Ram Albermarle by the Torpedo-Launch.
    • Destruction of the Ram Albermarle by the Torpedo-Launch.
    • The March to the Sea.
    • The Frenzy in the Wake.[14]
      • Sherman's advance through the Carolinas.
    • Sherman's advance through the Carolinas.
    • The Fall of Richmond.
      • The tidings received in the Northern Metropolis.
    • The tidings received in the Northern Metropolis.
    • The Surrender at Appomattox.
    • A Canticle:
      • Significant of the national exaltation of enthusiasm at the close of the War.
    • Significant of the national exaltation of enthusiasm at the close of the War.
    • The Martyr.
      • Indicative of the passion of the people on the 15th of April, 1865.
    • Indicative of the passion of the people on the 15th of April, 1865.
    • "The Coming Storm:"
      • A Picture by S.R. Gifford, and owned by E.B. Included in the N.A. Exhibition, April, 1865.
    • A Picture by S.R. Gifford, and owned by E.B. Included in the N.A. Exhibition, April, 1865.
    • Rebel Color-bearers at Shiloh:[16]
      • A plea against the vindictive cry raised by civilians shortly after the surrender at Appomattox.
    • A plea against the vindictive cry raised by civilians shortly after the surrender at Appomattox.
    • The Muster:[17]
      • Suggested by the Two Days' Review at Washington
    • Suggested by the Two Days' Review at Washington
    • Aurora-Borealis.
      • Commemorative of the Dissolution of Armies at the Peace.
    • Commemorative of the Dissolution of Armies at the Peace.
    • The Released Rebel Prisoner.[18]
    • A Grave near Petersburg, Virginia.[19]
    • "Formerly a Slave."
      • An idealized Portrait, by E. Vedder, in the Spring Exhibition of the National Academy, 1865.
    • An idealized Portrait, by E. Vedder, in the Spring Exhibition of the National Academy, 1865.
    • The Apparition.
      • (A Retrospect.)
    • (A Retrospect.)
    • Magnanimity Baffled.
    • On the Slain Collegians.[20]
    • America.
  • Verses
    • Inscriptive and Memorial
    • On the Home Guards
      • who perished in the Defense of Lexington, Missouri.
    • who perished in the Defense of Lexington, Missouri.
    • Inscription
      • for Graves at Pea Ridge, Arkansas.
    • for Graves at Pea Ridge, Arkansas.
    • The Fortitude of the North
      • under the Disaster of the Second Manassas.
    • under the Disaster of the Second Manassas.
    • On the Men of Maine
      • killed in the Victory of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
    • killed in the Victory of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
    • An Epitaph.
    • Inscription
      • for Marye's Heights, Fredericksburg.
    • for Marye's Heights, Fredericksburg.
    • The Mound by the Lake.
    • On the Slain at Chickamauga.
    • An uninscribed Monument
      • on one of the Battle-fields of the Wilderness.
    • on one of the Battle-fields of the Wilderness.
    • On Sherman's Men
      • who fell in the Assault of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia.
    • who fell in the Assault of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia.
    • On the Grave
      • of a young Cavalry Officer killed in the Valley of Virginia.
    • of a young Cavalry Officer killed in the Valley of Virginia.
    • A Requiem
      • for Soldiers lost in Ocean Transports.
    • for Soldiers lost in Ocean Transports.
    • On a natural Monument
      • in a field of Georgia.[21]
    • in a field of Georgia.[21]
    • Commemorative of a Naval Victory.
    • Presentation to the Authorities,
    • The Returned Volunteer to his Rifle.
    • The Scout toward Aldie.
  • Lee in the Capitol.
    • Lee in the Capitol.[24]
  • A Meditation:
    • Attributed to a northerner after attending the last of two funerals from the same homestead—those of a national and a confederate officer (brothers), his kinsmen, who had died from the effects of wounds received in the closing battles.
    • A Meditation.
    • Supplement.
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