The editor has seen with pleasure the volume of "Rebel Rhymes" edited by Mr. Moore, and of "South Songs," by Mr. De Leon. He has seen, besides, a single number of a periodical pamphlet called "The Southern Monthly," published at Memphis, Tenn. This has been supplied him by a contributor. He has seen no other publications of this nature, though he has heard of others, and has sought for them in vain. There may be others still forthcoming; for, in so large a field, with a population so greatly scattered as that of the South, it is a physical impossibility adequately to do justice to the whole by any one editor; and each of the sections must make its own contributions, in its own time, and according to its several opportunities. There will be room enough for all; and each, I doubt not, will possess its special claims to recognition and reward.
His own collections, made during the progress of the war, from the newspapers, chiefly, of South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia, were copious. Of these, many have been omitted from this collection, which, he trusts, will some day find another medium of publication. He has been able to ascertain the authorship, in many cases, of these writings; but must regret still that so many others, under a too fastidious delicacy, deny that their names should be made known. It is to be hoped that they will hereafter be supplied. To the numerous ladies who have so frankly and generously contributed to this collection, by sending originals and making copies, he begs to offer his most grateful acknowledgments.
A large proportion of the pieces omitted are of elegiac character. Of this class, he could find a place for such pieces only as were dedicated to the most distinguished of the persons falling in battle, or such as are marked by the higher characteristics of poetry--freshness, thought, and imagination. But many of the omitted pieces are quite worthy of preservation. Much space has not been given to that class of songs, camp catches, or marching ballads, which are so numerous in the "Rebel Rhymes" of Mr. Moore. The songs which are most popular are rarely such as may claim poetical rank. They depend upon lively music and certain spirit-stirring catchwords, and are rarely worked up with much regard to art or even, propriety. Still, many of these should have found a place in this volume, had adequate space been allowed the editor. It is his desire, as well as that of the publisher, to collect and bind together these fugitives in yet another publication. He will preserve the manuscripts and copies of all unpublished pieces, with the view to this object--keeping them always subject to the wishes of their several writers.
At the close, he must express the hope that these poems will be recognized, not only as highly creditable to the Southern mind, but as truly illustrative, if not justificatory of, that sentiment and opinion with which they have been written; which sentiment and opinion have sustained their people through a war unexampled in its horrors in modern times, and which has fully tested their powers of endurance, as well as their ability in creating their own resources, under all reverses, and amidst every form of privation.
Brooklyn, September 8, 1866.
Ethnogenesis, _Henry Timrod_ God Save the South, _George H. Miles_ "You can never win them back", _Catherine M. Warfield_ The Southern Cross, _E. K. Blunt_ South Carolina, _S. Henry Dickson_ The New Star, _B. M. Anderson_ The Irrepressible Conflict, _Tyrtæus_ The Southern Republic, _Olivia T. Thomas_ "Is there then no Hope?", _Charleston Courier_ The Fate of the Republic, _Charleston Mercury_ The Voice of the South, _Charleston Mercury_ The Oath of Freedom, _James Barron Hope_ The Battle Cry of the South, _James R. Randall_ Sonnet, _Charleston Mercury_ Seventy-six and Sixty-one, _J. W. Overall_ "Reddato Gladium", _Richmond Whig_ "Nay, keep the Sword", _Richmond Whig_ Coercion, _John R. Thompson_ A Cry to Arms, _Henry Timrod_ Jackson, the Alexandria Martyr, _W. H. Holcombe_ The Martyr of