Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Letters of William Gilmore Simms. Vol. 6, Supplement >> 1068a George William Bagby >> Page 226

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Correspondence | U of South Carolina P | 2012
Woodlands, 25 Feb. 1862
Dr G. W. Bagby. My dear Sir.
I send you a collection of verses designed by the Muse of Patriotism at least, which I fancy you may find deserving a place in the Messenger. The pieces entitled "Beauregard"—"The Border Ranger" and "Esperance", have already appeared in the Charleston Mercury. The rest have never been in print. I could wish that you would give them a place as soon as possible.'—I read "Hermes" with continued interest.' I fear that our govt. & officers & engineers—such as they are—as well as our people,—have been caught napping. We have been too confident from early successes, & have fallen into the grievous error of despising our enemies. But I trust that our recent reverses will not only serve to bring all parties to their senses, but to bring out all the steel & iron in our character—all the noble phrenzies, the enterprise, energy & will.' I have been too much oppressed by home cares, toils, & anxieties to do any thing at the desk, otherwise it would have given me great pleasure to have helped you in filling up the pages of the Messenger. Very truly Yours &c
W. Gilmore Simms.

Should you not need these pieces, or some of them only, hand over the rest to Professor Chase or J. R. Thompson.
'The following poems by Simms were published under the title of "Odes, Sonnets and Songs, for the Times" in the Southern Literary \Ies>criger, \\\I\' (Feb. and Mar. 1862), 101—105: "The Soul of the South. An Ode,""Sons of the South, Arise. Ode,""Morals of Party. ;, mnet,""Beauregard. Song,""The Border Ranger,""On, Advance!" (the first line Is "Esperance!"), "The Oath for Liberty," and "Shades of Our Fathers. An Ode." The same issue, p. 127, contains Simms'"The Ship of State. Sonnet," published under the pseudonym "Tyrtxus.""Hermes" was the signature of the Richmond correspondent of the Mercury. 'The fall of Fort Henry on Feb. 6 and of Fort Donelson on Feb. 16 dealt the Confederacy a severe blow in the West.