The Union luminaries mentioned in the rhymes are (I) John Pope, who had his troubles with Stonewall Jackson at the Battle of Second Manassas; (II) Pope again, who lost his uniform coat and hat to JEB Stuart in a raid on Pope's headquarters; (III) Pope and Irwin McDowell, who were both defeated by Southern forces at Manassas (Pope by Robert E. Lee at Second Manassas and McDowell by Joseph E. Johnston and P.G.T. Beaureagrd at First Manassas); and (IV) Ambrose Burnside, whose army was thrashed by Lee, Jackson, and James Longstreet at Fredericksburg along the banks of the Rappahannock River.
The "man from the North" mentioned in V presumably is Ulysses S. Grant, who suffered
stunning casualties when he went up against the "man from the South," Robert E. Lee, at
Cold Harbor. "Old Mother Seward" (VI) was Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State, William
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