Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War


BATTLE-PIECES


AND


ASPECTS OF THE WAR


BY


HERMAN MELVILLE.


NEW YORK:
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
FRANKLIN SQUARE.
1866.

 

 

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six, by
HARPER & BROTHERS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

 

 

THE BATTLE-PIECES

 

IN THIS VOLUME ARE DEDICATED

 

TO THE MEMORY OF THE

 

THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND

 

WHO IN THE WAR

 

FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE UNION

 

FELL DEVOTEDLY

 

UNDER THE FLAG OF THEIR FATHERS.

 

 

[With few exceptions, the Pieces in this volume originated in an impulse imparted by the fall of Richmond. They were composed without reference to collective arrangement, but being brought together in review, naturally fall into the order assumed.

The events and incidents of the conflict—making up a whole, in varied amplitude, corresponding with the geographical area covered by the war—from these but a few themes have been taken, such as for any cause chanced to imprint themselves upon the mind.

The aspects which the strife as a memory assumes are as manifold as are the moods of involuntary meditation—moods variable, and at times widely at variance. Yielding instinctively, one after another, to feelings not inspired from any one source exclusively, and unmindful, without purposing to be, of consistency, I seem, in most of these verses, to have but placed a harp in a window, and noted the contrasted airs which wayward wilds have played upon the strings.]

 

 

Contents.

 

 

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This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.