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The Soldier Poet

Theodore O'Hara
Theodore O'Hara
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Updated: 2/28/2012 2:37 pm
There’s a poem from long ago, with Kentucky roots, which spread its wings across America.  The author is known as “the soldier poet”, a story we follow way back in time, this week on Kentucky’s Backroads.
The late Kentucky historian, Thomas Clark, called Theodore O’Hara’s most well known work “a worthy contribution to American literature.”
“Bivouac of the Dead” emerged from O’Hara’s experiences as a soldier in the Mexican War.  He wrote the poem as remembrances of Kentucky volunteer troops who died in an 1847 battle. 
But, that’s just the beginning of the story of how the poem spread across the country in our nation’s cemeteries. 
His name may not be at the front of our nation’s history books, but he’s prominent at one Kentucky resting place.  Find out more by watching this week’s edition of Kentucky’s Backroads.

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