[CIVIL WAR]. Manuscript poem, "The Confederate Banner," penned on CSA War Department blue letterhead. Richmond, VA, 3 April 1865.

3pp, 8 x 10 in., heavily creased with discoloration and tearing to creases, nearly fully separated along main crease dividing pages, with some paper loss at bottom. 

Penned in red ink on the day Richmond fell, the poem laments the defeat of the Confederacy and the final furling of its flag. One stanza reads: "Furl it, for the hands that grasped it, / And the hearts that fondly clasped it / Cold and dead are lying low, / And that banner, it is trailing, / While around it sounds the wailing / Of its people in their woe: / For though conquered, they adore it, / Love the cold, dead hands that bore it, / Weep for those who fell before it, / Pardon those who trailed and tore it, / And Oh! how wildly, they deplore it / Now to furl and fold it so."

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