To Col. Ashby [Manuscript title]
[N.p.]: [s.i.], [ca. 1862]. Very Good. Item #25820
[N.p.]: [s.i.], [ca. 1862]. Civil War two-page manuscript poem folded with manuscript title "To Col. Ashby." Presumably penned by a Miss O'Ferrall. Later pencil inscription reading "Mrs. Sue Lupton"; tears along folds with some general spotting, but overall intact.
The poem is laudatory of Confederate Colonel Turner Ashby, leading "a gallant band from a Southern land." A "tyrant's band" approaches however, and "Lincoln in vain with servile chain / Would keep our freemen under / With proud disdain, will burst in twain / And scatter his bonds assunder." Ashby's cavalry was highly lauded in the early stages of the Civil War, supporting Stonewall Jackson's valley campaign. This poem continues in praise of "the patriot band from Maryland," presumably an allusion to soldiers from Maryland with Confederate sympathies, confirming "they'll by us Stand / To crush the Tyrant's madness."
Ashby was killed near Harrisonburg in July 1862, and this poem appears to have been written while he was still alive.