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 Henry Howard Brownell

Henry Howard Brownell

Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 31 Oct 1872 (aged 52)
Connecticut, USA
Burial East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
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American Authors by Henry Howard Brownell
Born: February 6, 1820
Birthplace: Providence, RI
Died: 1872
Though he started out practicing law, Henry Howard Brownell gave it up to write both poetry and prose. Brownell was appointed as an acting ensign on board The Hartford, at the beginning of the Civil War, after his poems had come to the attention of Admiral Farragut. He participated in the battle of Mobile Bay, writing his two longest poems, "The River Fight" and "The Bay Fight," describing the naval actions at New Orleans and Mobile Bay. At the end of the war, he accompanied Admiral Faragut on his European cruise.
Most Famous Works
- Pioneer Heroes of the New World (1855)
- The New World: Embracing American History (1856)
- The Eastern, or Old World (1857)
- Lyrics of a Day, or Newspaper Poetry, by a Volunteer in the United States Service (1864)
- War-Lyrics and Other Poems (1866)

Henry Howard Brownell
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Henry Howard Brownell (February 6, 1820 – 1872) was an American poet and historian
Brownell was born in Providence ,_Rhode_Island February 6, 1820. He graduated from Trinity College , Hartford ,_Connecticut, in 1841, studied law, and was admitted to the bar , but settled as a teacher in Hartford. He published in 1847 a volume of Poems and in 1851 the People's Book of Ancient and Modern History, and followed this in 1863 with The Discoverers, Pioneers, and Settlers of North and South America. But Brownell first attracted general attention by poems written during the Civil War . The earliest of these was a stirring version of the "General Orders" given by Admiral Farragut at the attack on the defenses of New Orleans . This led to his becoming attached to Admiral Farragut as private secretary. He was present at the naval battle in Mobile Bay , and after the war accompanied the Admiral on his European cruise. His best poems, "The River Fight" and "The Bay Fight" deal with the naval actions at New Orleans and Mobile ,_Alabama>. He collected his war poems in Lyrics of a day; or, Newspaper Poetry by a Volunteer in the United States Service (1864). A selection of his Poems, revised by himself, appeared in 1866. His was amongst the most popular battle-poetry produced in the North during the Civil War; but his work is unfinished, uneven, often undignified, and sometimes grotesque . At its best, however, it sounds the lyric cry of a great national emotion. There is an appreciative essay on Brownell, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , entitled "Our Battle Laureate."
This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain.

BROWNELL, HENRY HOWARD. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, February 6, 1820; died in Hartford, Connecticut, 1872. His early years were spent in the practice of the law which he abandoned for literature, and at the outset of the Civil War a poem of his upon Farragut having attracted that commander's attention, Brownell was appointed as acting ensign on board the "Hartford." He witnessed the battle of Mobile Bay and at the close of the war accompanied Farragut upon his European cruise.

by: Henry Howard Brownell (1820-1872)

BLUE gulf all around us,
Blue sky overhead --
Muster all on the quarter,
We must bury the dead!

It is but a Danish sailor,
Rugged of front and form;
A common son of the forecastle,
Grizzled with sun and storm.

His name, and the strand he hailed from
We know, and there's nothing more!
But perhaps his mother is waiting
In the lonely Island of Fohr.

Still, as he lay there dying,
Reason drifting awreck,
"'T is my watch," he would mutter,
"I must go upon deck!"

Aye, on deck, by the foremast!
But watch and lookout are done;
The Union Jack laid o'er him,
How quiet he lies in the sun!

Slow the ponderous engine,
Stay the hurrying shaft;
Let the roll of the ocean
Cradle our giant craft;
Gather around the grating,
Carry your messmate aft!

Stand in order, and listen
To the holiest page of prayer!
Let every foot be quiet,
Every head be bare --
The soft trade-wind is lifting
A hundred locks of hair.

Our captain reads the service,
(A little spray on his cheeks)
The grand old words of burial,
And the trust a true heart seeks: --
"We therefore commit his body
To the deep" -- and, as he speaks,

Launched from the weather railing,
Swift as the eye can mark,
The ghastly, shotted hammock
Plunges away from the shark,
Down, a thousand fathoms,
Down into the dark!

A thousand summers and winters
The stormy Gulf shall roll
High o'er his canvas coffin;
But, silence to doubt and dole: --
There's a quiet harbor somewhere
For the poor aweary soul.

Free the fettered engine,
Speed the tireless shaft,
Loose to'gallant and topsail,
The breeze is far abaft!

Blue sea all around us,
Blue sky bright o'erhead --
Every man to his duty,
We have buried our dead!

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