Although Sergeant Meserve was not a poet by training, this poem, which he wrote for his family while he was away fighting, illustrates the highly literate nature of the 19th century mind. Even men and women with little education, whose spelling, grammar, and punctuation left much to be desired, were nonetheless capable of turning a flowery phrase with the best of them.
Thanks to Regina Hallmark, the great-great granddaughter of Sergeant Meserve,
for sharing this poem, which she received from her mother, Eva Littlefield Scott
of Bristol, New Hampshire.
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Last modified 16-April-2001