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Contents

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The Scale of Empire

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pp. 1-2

AFTERMATH

1880, The Binding Tie

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pp. 5-11

The Finishing Thoughts of Festus Spencer as He Looks into the Camera

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p. 12

I

Frederick Douglass Speaks before the Anti–Mexican War Abolitionists

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p. 15

Ample Cause of War

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p. 16

General Taylor Convinces Himself That He Is for War

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p. 17

Doubt

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p. 18

Letter to the Governor of Texas

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p. 19

Notes from Officer Hitchcock’s Lost Leather Journal

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p. 20

Liberation

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pp. 21-22

By the end

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p. 23

Three Hundred and Seventy-Two Miles from Home

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pp. 24-25

Pokagon Accepts Colonel Taylor’s Invitation

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p. 26

Colonel Zachary Taylor Has Pokagon for Tea

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p. 27

The Escarpment

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pp. 28-29

In Private Conversation: Buchanan to Like Minds

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p. 30

The Book Speaks of Pretenders

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p. 31

South of Houston

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p. 32

II

Civil Beginnings

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p. 35

Darling Wife

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p. 36

Grey Jebediah

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p. 37

The Bone Boiler

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pp. 38-39

Shadows

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p. 40

1864, Fragments of a Camp near Yorktown

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p. 41

1864, A Pocket Full of Rye

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p. 42

Snake Swamp

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p. 43

1863, Walt Whitman Reads to the Limbless, Dying

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p. 44

Linsey-Woolsey

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p. 45

1864, Dear Mother

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p. 46

Gettysburg: Blue and Grey

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pp. 47-48

A Singular Dispersion over Franklin, Tennessee

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pp. 49-50

Lincoln Dreams of Sarah, the Servant

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p. 51

“If Not for You”

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p. 52

1863, Detroit Riots, Again

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pp. 53-54

1864, Dear Son

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p. 55

III

Private Athens Descries

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p. 59

Hannibal of Athens, Georgia

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p. 60

White Glove Test

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p. 61

Private Smith’s Primer

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p. 62

Br’er Rabbit in Chickamauga

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p. 63

Drummer Boy

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p. 64

Interview: Survivor, Fort Pillow

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p. 65

A Second Dream of Sarah

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p. 66

Nigger Pine

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p. 67

Lincoln Speaks after the Bones Are Thrown

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p. 68

The White Immensities

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pp. 69-74

Notes on the Poems

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p. 75

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Credits and Acknowledgments

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p. 77

My husband, poet Matthew S. Olzmann, ever my rock without whom I could not have started or finished the book; my wonderful mother, Elaine Francis, whose generosity is boundless; first reader, poet Robert Fanning, whose knowledge inspires all who work with him; poet Paula Roper for her advice and help; the Advanced Writing Class (Springfed Arts), especially my instructor Mary Jo Firth...