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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
July 21
Manassas
By Catherine Warfield (1816–1877)
 
          The Confederates under Beauregard defeated the Federals under McDowell on July 21, 1861.

THEY have met at last—as storm-clouds
        Meet in heaven,
And the Northmen back and bleeding
        Have been driven;
And their thunders have been stilled,        5
And their leaders crushed or killed,
And their ranks with terror thrilled,
        Rent and riven!
 
Like the leaves of Vallambrosa
        They are lying;        10
In the moonlight, in the midnight,
        Dead and dying;
Like those leaves before the gale,
Swept their legions, wild and pale;
While the host that made them quail        15
        Stood, defying.
 
When aloft in morning sunlight
        Flags were flaunted,
And “swift vengeance on the rebel”
        Proudly vaunted:        20
Little did they think that night
Should close upon their shameful flight,
And rebels, victors in the fight,
        Stand undaunted.
 
But peace to those who perished        25
        In our passes!
Light be the earth above them;
        Green the grasses!
Long shall Northmen rue the day
When they met our stern array,        30
And shrunk from battle’s wild affray
        At Manassas.
 
 
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