Opening of battle at Gettysburg in poem

The Opening of the Battle of Gettysburg
by Laura Searing (Howard Glyndon)
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Laura Redden Searing (1839-1923) was a deaf poet and journalist.

 

In 1861, Laura Redden Searing was sent by the St. Louis Republican to Washington D.C. to cover and document the American Civil War.  She was a pro-Union loyalist and wrote poems about the experiences and human interests of the battle field.  She also wrote to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant during the war.  Searing used the pen name Howard Glyndon.  In all of her published works, the pseudonym was accompanied by her real name in smaller letters. This indicates that the pseudonym was not to conceal her gender or identity.  It is likely that the double identity was to defy the expectations of what a female writer of that era could produce. – Wiki

Between the years 1928 and 1943, Stephen Vincent Benét (1898–1943) was one of the best-known living American poets, more widely read than Robert FrostT.S. EliotWilliam Carlos Williams, or Wallace Stevens and as well respected in book review columns. He was a rarity among twentieth-century authors, a poet whose books sold in the tens of thousands and who was honored in the poetry workshops and lecture halls of prestigious universities.
– from the Poetry Foundation

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