She has marched of old to battle;
She will strike her foes again!
Miss Fannie Parks- Louisiana
A voice from Louisiana,
Lo! her brave sons arise,
Armed and ready for the conflict,
Stern defiance in their eyes!
Miss [Sarina] Parks- Texas
Texas, youngest amidst her sisters,
Joins her earnest voice to theirs;
Forth she sends her gallant Rangers,
With her blessings and her prayers.
Miss Alice T Hawkins- Virginia
Wave, wave on high your banners,
For the “Old Dominion” comes,
With the lightning speaks the thunder
Lo! where sounds her armys drum
Miss [Sara] Smith- Arkansas
Long Arkansas waited, [hoping],
Clinging to the flag of stars,
Now she tears it down for ever,
Ho! away then for the wars.
Notes on the Text
Laura Lorrimer, the original author of this poem, whose birth name was Julia Finley Shelton, was born in Tennessee in September 1829. She married and lived in Bellfonte, Alabama until about 1877, when her husband died. A volume of her poems entitled A Voice from the South was published in 1882. Her poems were published in the North as well as the South in magazines such as Godey’s Lady’s Book, Field and Fireside, and the Louisville Journal. The event for which she specially wrote a version of the above poem occurred on May 25, 1861 in the manner described by the newspaper article quoted on the previous post. Mary Lee Cooke notes in her 2007 dissertation: Southern Women, Southern Voices: Civil War Songs by Southern Women that the event was recorded in two newspapers. These were the Semi-weekly Raleigh Register (Raleigh, NC) on 6 July 1861 and the Republican (Marshall, TX) on 13 July 1861. (More on these here)
It seems likely that the latter is the source for Alice Hawkins’s edition of the poem both because Marshall is in the area where she could have been at the time and because that version has a few changes from the Raleigh edition that are reflected in Alice’s copy. Although she has placed herself in the spot for Virginia, there is no evidence she lived there for any amount of time, if at all. She has removed the stanzas of both North Carolina and Tennessee. These are the last two stanzas of the original poem and it is written right to the end so I might speculate that Alice simply stopped copying when her paper ran out.
A Voice From the South
Poem Copied from Original Newspaper source with names changed
Alice Hawkins Mulkey
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Civil War Museum
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