Written by the same Georgia physician who wrote "Little Giffen",
this poem does much to explain why Virginia's decision to cast her lot with the Confederacy
was so crucial to the success of the secession movement. As "the mother of states and
statesmen," the Old Dominion held a singular and almost mystical place in the hearts and
history of the young republic. Virginians considered themselves the keepers of the flame
of libery lit by George Washington almost a century earlier and as the natural inheritors of
the knightly traditions of the early English explorers and settlers.
The "Spottswood" referred to in the poem is Alexander Spottswood, colonial governor
of British North America from 1710 to 1722, who mounted the famous "Knights of the Golden
Horseshoe" expedition to explore Virginia beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.
"The Virginians of the Valley"
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