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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
August 30
“Our Left”
By Francis O. Ticknor (1822–1874)
          The Confederates under Lee defeated the Federals under Pope at the second battle of Bull Run on August 30, 1862.

FROM dawn to dark they stood
  That long midsummer day,
    While fierce and fast
    The battle blast
  Swept rank on rank away.        5
From dawn to dark they fought,
  With legions torn and cleft;
    And still the wide
    Black battle tide
  Poured deadlier on “Our Left.”        10
They closed each ghastly gap;
  They dressed each shattered rank;
    They knew—how well—
    That freedom fell
  With that exhausted flank.        15
“Oh, for a thousand men
  Like these that melt away!”
    And down they came,
    With steel and flame,
  Four thousand to the fray!        20
Right through the blackest cloud
  Their lightening path they cleft;
    And triumph came
    With deathless fame
  To our unconquered “Left.”        25
Ye of your sons secure,
  Ye of your dead bereft—
    Honor the brave
    Who died to save
  Your all upon “Our Left.”        30

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