Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Civil War Marriage Poem for a Union Soldier -

"Lines Composed for and sung at the marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Marquis L. Holt"

New Hampshire, 1864. 

Marquis Lafayette Holt (1845-1934) and Rocene Sherwin (1844-1929) were married on March 20, 1864 in Mason, New Hampshire. Marquis was serving in the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment at the time; on August 24, 1864 he was promoted to the rank of Sargent Major of Company A, and he ended the war as a Lieutenant in Company E. After the war he became a minister and moved to Nebraska, where he is listed in 1880 as a reverend affiliated with the Congregational Christian Churches of the United States, serving in Plainfield, Knox County. He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Neligh, Nebraska.

The 3-stanza, 12-line poem makes several references to the ongoing war- "We wish you, dear friends, joy unmixed with sorrow / And years of contentment when peace's bright to-morrow / Has spread her broad mantle o'er all our dark land / Then, as now, may you trust in an all-guiding hand". Single sheet. 4.25"x5.25", soil. [40049]   $100-

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