Confederate War Poems

Edited by Walter Burgwyn Jones
Copyright 1959, 1974 printing
Never checked out in 36 years

Once again a book that seems ripe for interest from Albertville Public Library’s patrons has been ignored. Apparently no one is interested in Civil War poetry since it can’t be used for a history paper in high school or college. This slim volume suffers from the same problem of others that are saddle-stapled: it offers no spine title to the casual patron scanning the shelves. Regardless of its lack of readership, its historical value begs for a place on the shelves. The poetry isn’t great but it’s certainly not the worst on the shelves. The poems speak of their times and the concerns of war. There’s more here commemorating the timeless sorrow of war than of glory. At the back of the book are brief but interesting notes on the poems. It would be an appropriate book to read from on Veteran’s Day.


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