A Stockport Power Loom Weaver at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Title:A Stockport Power Loom Weaver at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Author:William Dean Smith
Date:January 14th 1864
This darkly humorous poem written was by a Stockport millworker who emigrated to America then volunteered to fight for the Union. It concerns the loss of his leg in battle but the tone is cheerful and resigned. This poem was published eighteen months after the meeting at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall which declared the city’s support for the union cause and emancipation of the slaves, which was followed by Lincoln’s famous letter to the city in January 1863. The poem is preceded by this note: [Letter from a Stockport native emigrated to US and enlisted in the Northern Army, some details of the battle of Gettysburg followed by: “I have written these lines on the loss of my leg:-“]