My Civil War Essays Homepage


The webmaster has written some Civil War essays, which have been published in the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table’s Newsletters, the Campaign.
Since the monthly Newsletter has limited space, these essays are short by design.

I collect them and reprint them here in this web site.

I also would like to include my poem, Ode to Sumter, to summarize the American Civil War’s experience, as the introduction.


Ode to Sumter

O Fatal Sumter! What have you done?
Where have all the able young men gone?
You have called your sons from the South
To bomb, to shoot, to burn and to fire!
You have asked your youths from the North
To use railroad and telegraph wire!

From the East, fought New Bern and Hatterras,
Far North in St. Albans, you rained terrors.
Marched to the South, the swamp of Olustee
Extended Far West, laid the arid Valverde
Are these your utmost boundaries?
Like the horror written in the soldiers' diaries?

O Island Sumter! Where is thy Sting?
Wiping out six hundred thousand, for nothing?
Or be it for Honor and Glory
To preserve the mighty Country
State Right, Freedom were the core,
Cleansed the drying blood forever more.

Four bloody years you had exhausted
Food, horses, men, guns and resource
Your appetite had them all consumed
Until no more could they sing their tune.
Hoisted your wind-blown tattered banner
On the old rocky Isle of Sumter!



By Gordon Kwok
Email: gordoncwrt@gmail.com
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© Dec 1999
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Preserving Glorieta National Battlefield
Quoting President Woodrow Wilson commenting on the Civil War
The Centennial Dedication of Ulysses S. Grant's National Memorial (4/27/1897 to 4/27/1997)
Book Review: Stonewall Jackson, the Man, the Soldier, the Legend
Torpedoes, submarine, air force and aircraft carrier in the Civil War era
He left his mark on the cliff
Book Review: Civil Liberties in wartime---All the Laws but one
Re-visit the selection of the 1995 Collection Of the U.S. Commemorative Stamps on the Civil War
Two short stories on two little boys
The War Between the States, from A to Z
In between two fires: The Shirley House in Vicksburg
Raising the submarine H.L. Hunley
The Millennia Tour: The Campaign of Richmond and Petersburg
Touring Harper's Ferry and Antietam, 2001
Webmaster's other web sites:
Olde Colony Civil War Round Table
A list of Civil War Round Table web sites 
Chinese serving in the American Civil War

First posted in the internet March 2, 2001

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