Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 1: No 2) >> Simms and Melville in 1865: A Note on Garner's Melville >> Page 42

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Secondary Scholarship | 1993
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wartime asperity and admit recognition of the courage, chivalry, suffering, and common Americanness of the South. "Rebel Color-Bearers at Shiloh" gives an
account, for instance, of Confederate heroism which was responded to
magnanimously by Northern fighting men at the time. "Shall nobleness in victory less aspire/ Than in reverse? Spare Spleen her ire." The point was obvious:
reconciliation and restoration, not vindictiveness.
Simms's most obvious and direct influence, according to Garner, is in
"Magnanimity Baffled," a dramatic monologue in which "the Victor Bold" extends a hand of friendship to a defeated Southerner: "I honor you; Man honors man."