One of a soldier's bitterest burdens was separation from the woman he loved. Although many women waited patiently at home until their husbands or fiances returned to them, some did not. This poem was purportedly written in Camp Chase, a Federal prison camp in Maryland, and reveals the contempt in which its author holds the lady whose careless dismissal of his comrade has brought about his death -- just as surely as Yankee bullets or the harsh conditions of his imprisonment would have.

"Your Letter, Lady, Came Too Late"

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