Monday, January 17, 2011


More United States Presidents Have Come From Virginia Than Any Other State
I wrote the following poem about the U. S. state of Virginia.  This state is full of history.

I wrote This Poem in 1998, and Cindy Presented Me With a Custom Frame.  It Now Hangs in Our Den.

Whenever I dream in my mind of her glory,
Of her mountains that fall to the blue, rolling sea;
I see in her people a strong, noble story:
Virginia of Washington, Henry, and Lee!

The State Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  "Sic Semper Tyrannis" Means "Thus Ever to Tyrants".  John Wilkes Booth Shouted This Phrase Immediately After Shooting Abraham Lincoln.
 Old Virginia, whose hist'ry of truth and of lore
Sets a model of freedom forever to tell;
Her peace earned by statesmanship, tempered by war---
Cradling at rest the ten thousands that fell.

George Washington, The Nation's First President

Born on the brav'ry of England's proud refuse,
Weathered the winters of colonial hell;
Drove down Cornwallis with French pow'r at Yorktown,
Raising the clear tone of Liberty's bell!

Defending her homeland from union invason,
Proud patriot armies advanced to the fray;
Secession for freedom and righteous persuasion
Advanced her great legions in splendid array.

Generals Robert E. Lee (L) and Stonewall Jackson Meet Before the Battle of Chancellorsville

Armies of Jackson and Stuart with Lee,
Along Rappahannock and Potomac's deep flood,
From Richmond herself to Shenandoah's valley,
Fought ever the good fight with Gray tears and blood.

General Robert E. Lee Was Offered the Commanding Generalship of the Union Armies Before Deciding His Loyalty Lay With Virginia and the Confederacy

Lee's masterful plan to guard Old Dominion,
And Pickett at Gettysburg courage displayed;
"Remember", he said to them, "You are Virginians!",
Advanced to the High Water Mark with his raid.

The CSS Virginia (formerly the Merrimac) (L) and the USS Monitor (R) Fought to a Draw in History's First Naval Battle Between Ironclads.  The Day Before This Battle, the Virginia Sank or Scuttled Three  Wooden union Warships.

Sailing to meet the vast union blockade,
Merrimac's steel girding was put to the test;
Minnesota, Congress and Cumberland faltered,
Sunk by Virginia's great armor and blast!

The Shenandoah Valley Is One of the Most Scenic Spots on Earth.  It is Also Where General T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson Became a Legendary Figure, Defeating Several union Armies Larger Than His Own. 

Stonewall in the valley, a lesson for all;
His "foot cavalry" victorious time and again;
First Fremont, then Banks, then Butler would fall,
His brigades pressing forward through snow, ice and rain.

The cadets at New Market, and Stuart with Lee,
Strove bravely to push back the might of the foe;
At Petersburg, Fredericksburg, and all through the valley,
Proved to the world that their brav'ry was so.

The Huge Confederate Memorial Obelisk at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Gaze o'er the decades that tell of her story.....
Of Hollywood's resting place, Monument Row;
America sparkles because of her glory,
Her mettle and valor all nations to know.

The Jefferson Davis Memorial on Monument Row, Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Norfolk, Lexington advancing;
The Blue Ridge so stunning, the Valley I see.....
Yorktown, Charlottesville, Roanoke romancing
Virginia of Jefferson, Jackson and Lee!

(C) 1998 Clint Ellison


  1. This poem you wrote, "Virginia", has always been a favorite of mine. I like the way you added the photos in this post between the verses. ♥

  2. It's a very interesting history.
    Have a nice day.
    Greetings Sabine

  3. Great poem. A history lesson in lyric. Wonderful.

  4. A wonderful interesting poem, not being American I have learned much from this poem.
    Thanks for sharing.


  5. A nice slice of history told with a wonderful poem! I love history!
    Great Photo! Ha Clint,beautiful post!


  6. Thanks for the wonderful post and poem.

    It shows how close you are to Virgina.

  7. wow Clint!
    I really love this passionate poeme you wrote for your great Virginia!

    The phots you put toghether are so precious and full of memories, they tell about you too

    thank you for this passionate post!

  8. What a great patriotic poem. I can see why your wife had it framed and It now hangs in your den.


  9. Thanks to you all for your supportive comments. Yes, history is a passion of mine, and so is poetry. Blessings to you all!

  10. What a beautiful poem.

    As a Northerner, the Civil War leaves me with mixed feelings. I am a firm believer in state's rights, but slavery was a black blot on our One Nation Under God. Lee was a great man, though. What a shame, what a terrible blot on our nation. I wish slavery had been abolished through law, like Wilberforce managed to do so in England.

    Oh well.

    I love American history! We hope to see Virginia this summer. CAN'T WAIT.

  11. Rebecca---The Civil War defined who we are as a nation. The great strength of our government---compromise---was impossibe on this issue.

    Oh, I do hope you have time to see Virginia. It is a pretty big state, so you probably can't see it all. Before you go, let me know and I'll tell you my favorite places.


  12. Thanks, Richard. I love your blog!