Lines by Stonewall Jackson.
Title:Lines by Stonewall Jackson.
Author:Thomas Jefferson Jackson
Date:November 29th 1862
This poem does not directly reference the Cotton Famine or the relationship between Britain and America during the Civil War, but it is remarkable for the identity of its author. Thomas Jefferson ‘Stonewall’ Jackson was a Confederate general and a major figure in the conflict, and the publication of the poem by him, whilst by no means a tacit statement of sympathy for the Confederacy, is at least a measure of the effects of official political neutrality on British public opinion. This poem was also published in the Preston Chronicle around this time, but it seems that the Manchester is even more provocative, given that within a month of this poem appearing in this newspaper Manchester effectively declared it civic support for the Union and anti-slavery in the famous Free Trade Hall meeting of December 31st 1862. – SR
The poem is preceded by the following description:
The following lines, written by the celebrated “Stonewall” Jackson when serving in the Mexican War, evince that tenderness of feeling which is often associated with courage and resolution.