The conclusion to a lengthy U.S. Civil War poem by John R.
Thompson of Virginia. It was "after Southey's 'March to
Moscow.'" The poem was included in "War Poetry of
the South," edited by William Gilmore Simms, 1867. It
has been dated to 1862, the year that Union forces unsuccessfully
marched on Richmond.
McDowell so prominently mentioned was Irvin McDowell, a close
associate of recently retired (November 1861) Commanding General
of the U.S. Army, Winfield Scott, who is also mentioned
above. McDowell was commander of the Union Army south of the
Potomac and suffered a great defeat against Confederate forces at
the Battle of Bull Run in the summer of 1862, while on a mission
to "take" Richmond, the new base of the Confederate