THE BOLD ENGINEER. [AIR-- YOUNG LOCKINVAR.]. O. H. S.

THE BOLD ENGINEER. [AIR-- YOUNG LOCKINVAR.].

[Baltimore? 1861?]. Broadside, 4" x 10-5/8". At head of title is an illustration of an elephant, a blanket over his torso, carrying a banner which reads, "Oh dear! Oh dear! What have we here". Light wear and folds. Good+. Signed and dated in type at the end, "O.H.S. Baltimore, Oct. 14th, 1861."

A scarce broadside satirical poem. In nine stanzas of six lines each, the author -- one "O.H.S."-- mocks McClellan, Lincoln, and the Union war effort. "O bully George B. has come out of the West/ Of all that wide border the scourge and the pest;/ For save Abe's good pleasure he conscience hath none-/ See his exploits now rival Attila the Hun..." The poem relates the retreat of McClellan, "the bold engineer," in his failed campaigns. "There was wild disarray in the rear and the van--/ The Virginians they road and the Yankees they ran/... So now we'll take leave with a kick in the rear/ Of George B. McClellan, the bold engineer."
The poem "alters the plot of Scott's 'Young Lockinvar' by reversing the roles of the hero and bridegroom so that McClellan is a villain pursued by Jefferson Davis after the defeat at Malvern Hill" [Rudolph].
Brown University's copy, like ours, has no writing on the elephant's blanket. The Library Company copy has McClellan's name printed on the blanket.
Rudolph, Confederate Broadside Verse 43. Moss, Confederate Broadside Poems 30b. OCLC records locations for facsimiles only, although the Library of Congress and the Levy Collection have copies. See, OCLC 14175231. Item #34431

Price: $500.00

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