A NATION'S INGRATITUDE [caption title].

A NATION'S INGRATITUDE [caption title].

[Philadelphia: np, 1861]. Broadside verse. 24.5 x 19 cm. Forty-one rhymed couplets printed in two columns within an ornamental border, dated in type "Philadelphia, December 5, 1861" at end. Very good. First line: "The love of country is a holy love." A poem in praise of Gen. John Ellis Wool and his long military career, and lamenting the choice of McClellan as General in Chief of the Army in 1861: "Choose for your Chieftain one who has been tried, / The place is Wool's, it is his legal right / ...We know not what will be McClellan's fate, / But we do know thou wilt be ever great." Gen. Wool, a veteran of both the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, was, at age 77, one of the oldest Generals on duty during the Civil War. He was in command of the Dept. of Virginia, headquartered at Fortress Monroe in 1861, and was "quite critical of General George McClellan for his dilatory program in preparing his forces for the capture of Richmond." [see: his brief biography, accompanying his collection of papers at the NY State Library]. OCLC lists copies at: AAS, Huntington, NY State Lib., Williams College. Item #65884

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