James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

July 21


By Catherine Warfield (1816–1877)

  • The Confederates under Beauregard defeated the Federals under McDowell on July 21, 1861.

  • THEY have met at last—as storm-clouds

    Meet in heaven,

    And the Northmen back and bleeding

    Have been driven;

    And their thunders have been stilled,

    And their leaders crushed or killed,

    And their ranks with terror thrilled,

    Rent and riven!

    Like the leaves of Vallambrosa

    They are lying;

    In the moonlight, in the midnight,

    Dead and dying;

    Like those leaves before the gale,

    Swept their legions, wild and pale;

    While the host that made them quail

    Stood, defying.

    When aloft in morning sunlight

    Flags were flaunted,

    And “swift vengeance on the rebel”

    Proudly vaunted:

    Little did they think that night

    Should close upon their shameful flight,

    And rebels, victors in the fight,

    Stand undaunted.

    But peace to those who perished

    In our passes!

    Light be the earth above them;

    Green the grasses!

    Long shall Northmen rue the day

    When they met our stern array,

    And shrunk from battle’s wild affray

    At Manassas.