Fort Wagner: 1863—Who shall Vote? 1865
A CLOUD of mingled hue
Across the sand impetuous came,
Into a fiery whirlwind grew,
And dashed against the fort in flame.
One purpose in each steady heart;
One light in every solemn eye:
“Brothers, alive we do not part;
We die together, if we die.”
They fought together, black and white;
They fell together, true and brave;
They died together in the fight;
They rest together in one grave.
One blood, one faith, one hope, they shared;
One right with us their brethren share:
To die for us those heroes dared;
To wrong their brothers do we dare?
—George William Curtis.
- ☞ Civil War Begins—April 12, 1861. Beat! Beat! Drums!
- ☞ Eutaw Springs—September 8, 1781.
- ☞ Freedom Is Not Free: Put It Through!