[Philadelphia]: Jas. B. Rodgers, Pr., 52 & 54 North Sixth St. . Oblong broadside, 7" x 8-3/4." Text surrounded by decorative mourning border, printed on white coated card stock. Near Fine.
The "Epitaph," a poem in ten lines, begins, "Gentle stranger, drop a tear, / The C.S.A. lies buried here: / In youth it lived and prosper'd well, / But like Lucifer it fell: / Its body here, its soul in -- well / E'en if I knew I wouldn't tell."
The Southside Railroad, based in Petersburg, was a crucial supply line for the Confederacy. Grant's forces captured it on April 3, 1865. The Southside Railroad ran through Appomattox, where Lee surrendered on April 9.
134 Eberstadt 186. Library Co. Accession No. 5795.F.88b. A search of OCLC came up empty, but this is certainly inaccurate as AAS and the Boston Athenaeum record a holding. Item #38246