1862 December 24: A Poet in the Saint Croix Guards
A poem from the December 24, 1862, issue of The Prescott Journal, written by “File Left” of the Saint Croix Guards—Company A of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry. The poem is a thank-you to the ladies of Fort Howard, where, you may remember, Company A was stationed while helping with the draft.
Very respectfully dedicated to Mrs. M. CAMM, and others of the ladies of Fort Howard, for their kindness and hospitality to the soldiers of Co. A. 30th Wis. Vols.
When far away a little band
Shall with their brother comrades stand
Against our foes in strong array,
Our hearts will turn to that fair land
Where Green Bay’s waters wash the strand;
Our homage there we’ll pay.
To woman fair—the soldier’s friend,
We’ll kindly, hearty greetings send,
And bless them all each day.
They bring to the wandering soldier boy
Sweet thoughts of home, without alloy,
And brightens all his way.
Aye, Heaven be with you each and all,
And great, unnumbered blessings fall
On maidens fair and matron’s silvered head;
May those you love, from War’s red hand,
Be safe returned to native land,
When War’s dark clouds have fled.
Fort Howard, Nov. 30 Co. A. 30th Wis.