Topic Proportions

Topic Percent
poetry and patriotism
74.07%
weather
7.41%
North
2.47%
entertainment and culture
2.47%
death notices
2.47%
anti-northern diatribes
2.47%
humor
2.47%
accidents, particularly fires
1.23%
government
1.23%
transportation schedules
1.23%
deserters
1.23%
clothing ads
1.23%
From the Tue., Sep. 24, 1861 issue


The maid who binds her warrior's sash,
And smiling, all her pain dissembles,
The where beneath the drooping lash,
One starry tear-drop hangs and trembles—
Though Heaven alone records the tear,
And fame shall never know her story,
Her heart has shed a drop as dear,
As ever dewed the field of glory!

The wife who girds her husband's sword,
'Mid little ones who weep and wonder,
And bravely speaks the cheering word,
What tho' her heart be rent asunder—
Doomed nightly in her dreams to hear,
The bolts of war around him rattle,
Has shed as sacred blood as o'er,
Was poured upon the plain of battle!

The mother who conceals her grief,
While to her breast her son she presses,
Then breathes a few brave words, and brief,
Kissing the patriot brow she blesses,
With no one but her secret God,
To know the pain that weighs upon her,
Sheds holy blood as o'er the sod,
Received on Freedom's field of honor!