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[newspaper clipping]
     THE POEM CONKLING QUOTED.
  Every one remembers the sonorous verse
with which Roscoe Conkling prefaced his
speech in nomination of Grant in 1880.  With-
in a few hours it was on the lips of thousands;
inquiries were made as to its author, and for
months after the convention adjourned the
lines were echoed and re-echoed in the news-
papers.  The verse was taken from a song en-
titled,  A Bumper to Grant,  written by
Charles Graham Halpine (Miles O Reilly)
when the general shortly after the war, made
his first canvass for the presidency.  The tune
was  Benny Heavens, O!   The last of a
dozen stanzas was the one to which Conkling
was indebted for his celebrate quotation:
  So, boys, a final bumper,
     While we all in chorus chant 
  For next President we nominate
     Our own Ulysses Grant;
  And if asked what state he hails from,
     This our sole reply shall be 
  From near Appomattox Court House
     With its famous apple tree;
  For  twas there to our Ulysses
     That Lee gave up the fight.
  Now, boys,  To Grant for President,
     And God defend the right! 
  Charles Graham Halpine s father was an
Episcopalian clergyman in Meath, Ireland.
Several members of the family were in jour-
nalism, and the Rev. Nicholas J. Halpine was
himself for a time editor of the Dublin Even-
ing Mail.  Charles became involved in the
Young Ireland movement and found it advis-
able to seek an asylum in this country.  He
was for a time connected with the Boston
Post and was afterward on the editorial staff
of the New York Times under Henry J. Ray-
mond.  One of his first effusions in verse was
an indignant protest published in the New
York Tribune against the imprisonment on
an American man-of-war of captured slaves.
The verses, which were attributed to Horace
Greeley, began as follows:
	Tear down that flaunting lie,
	  Half-mast the starry flag,
	Insult no sunny sky s
	  With the polluted rag.
  He joined the northern forces during the
war and was adjutant-general, first on the
staff of Gen. David Hunter and afterwards on
that of Maj.-Gen. Halleck.  His death was
precisely like that of John Boyle O Reilly.
In the habit of taking soporifics for sleepless-
ness he died August 3, 1868, from an overdose
of chloroform.
  While in the army Charles Halpin adopted
the pen-name of Miles O Reilly, under
which he wrote many of his tenderest and
jolliest songs.  His verses on  Sambo s Right
to be Kilt  did much to remove the prejudice
entertained by the author s countrymen to-
ward the negro.  Nearly all the old soldiers
are acquainted with his song,  We Have
Drank From the Same Canteen.    Jean-
nette s Hair,  an exquisite love lyric, has
been attributed often of late years to Joaquin
Miller:
Your hair had a golden gloss, Jeannette,
It was silk of the finest floss, my pet:
 Twas a beautiful twist falling down to your
     wrist,
A thing to be braided and jeweled and kissed.
 Twas the loveliest hair in the world, my pet.

Your eyes had a hidden glory, Jennette.
Revealing the dear old story, my pet:
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two: page two hundred and twenty
Description:Newspaper clipping about a poem written by Charles G. Halpine, which was quote by Roscoe Conkling during the nomination of Grant for president in 1880.
Subject:Civil War; Conkling, Roscoe; Grant, U.S.; Greeley, Horace; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Halpine, Nicholas J.; Journalism; New York tribune.; Poetry
Scan Date:2011-01-03

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-Two
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ''The New York Tribune'' at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as his preparations in New York for going back to England.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.