Title

James DeRuyter Blackwell

Poet Information

James DeRuyter Blackwell

About the Poet

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James DeRuyter Blackwell (18 March 1828 – 5 September 1901) of Warrenton, Virginia is a celebrated author and poet of the American Civil War era. He attended Randolph-Macon College and graduated from Dickinson College. He studied and practiced law before serving in the Army of the Confederacy and was honorably discharged in 1864. He gave up law due to health reasons and devoted his life to literature.

His experiences from the Civil War can be seen in much of his work as published in his The Poetical Works of J. Der. Blackwell, 1879, (E. J. Hale and Son, New York) has been in print for over 130 years. It contains such poems as "The Dead Drummer Boy", "The Unknown Grave" and "Forget Not the Dead". The poem "War" specifically mentions the battles along the Rappahannock River in Virginia, considered the eastern boundary between the Union and the Confederate States of America. Blackwell is often read or quoted in Memorial and Veterans Day observances.

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Region

Northern

Virginia City or County Affiliation

Warrenton, Virginia

Years of Residence in Virginia

73 Years

Gender

Male

Race/Ethnicity

White

Year of Birth

18 March 1828 – 5 September 1901

Published Works or Performances

The Poetical Works of J. Der. Blackwell, 1879, (E. J. Hale and Son, New York). It contains such poems as "The Dead Drummer Boy", "The Unknown Grave" and "Forget Not the Dead"

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