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August 29, 2005

The Ballad of the Crescent City

From Harper's Weekly, June 14, 1862.

In the City of the Crescent, by red Mississippi's waves,
Dwells the haughty Creole matron with her daughters and her slaves:
Round her throng the rebel knighthood, fierce of word and proud of crest,
Slightly redolent of julep, cocktail, cobbler, and the rest
Of those miscellaneous tipples that the Southern heart impel
To the mighty threats of prowess whose dread (?) fruits we know so well.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 29, 2005 05:05 AM

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