GEORGE P. LATHROP
(1851-1898) American journalist and author, remembered for his books of verse and classic study of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Fine A.Ms.S. "George Persons Lathrop", 4pp. 4to., his famed Civil War poem "Keenan's Charge", inspired by the Union Army's efforts in the aftermath of Chancellorsville. Lathrop neatly pens the verse for an admirer on Aug. 3, 1891 in blue ink, in very small part: "...The sun had set; The leaves with dew were wet: Down fell a bloody dusk On the woods, that second day of May, Where Stonewall's corps, like a beast of prey, Tore through with angry tusk. 'They've trapped us, boys!' Rose from our flank a voice. With a rush of steel and smoke On came the rebels straight, Eager as love and wild as hate; And our line reeled and broke; Broke and fled. Not one stayed--but the dead! With curses, shrieks, and cries, Horses and wagons and men Tumbled back through the shuddering glen, And above us the fading skies..". Tipped within a presentation folder with an image of Lathrop affixed to cover, very good condition.