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  • Elegy for the Native Guards

    Natasha Trethewey, Emory University

    Published: 
    10 June 2005
    Overview: 

    Poet Natasha Trethewey presents her "Elegy for the Native Guards," April 9, 2005, on Ship Island, Mississippi. Trethewey is the author of Domestic Work (2000) and Bellocq's Ophelia (2002). Her upcoming Native Guard will be published in 2006.

    Trethewey's poem "Theories of Time and Space" is also available on Southern Spaces.

    "Elegy for the Native Guards" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University's Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.

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    Poet Natasha Trethewey presents her "Elegy for the Native Guards," April 9, 2005, on Ship Island, Mississippi. Poem text.

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    Recommended Resources:

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    Ship Island, MS (1996, Post Hurricane Camille)
    from 1996 NASA/UL Lafayette CIR Photographs

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    Historic Resource Study: Ship Island (PDF)
    http://www.nps.gov/guis/historyculture/upload/Historic%20Research%20Study%20Ship%20Island.pdf

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    Native Guard Photographs Courtesy of Special Collections; University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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    Louisiana Native Guard in the Civil War
    http://www.nps.gov/guis/historyculture/louisiana-native-guard-in-the-civil-war.htm
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    National Park Service Gulf Islands Regional Map

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    Historic Structure Report: Fort on Ship Island (Fort Massachusetts) (PDF)
    http://www.nps.gov/guis/historyculture/upload/Fort%20Massachusetts%20Historic%20Structure%20
    Report%201857%20to%201935.pdf

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    Tracks of Major Southern Hurricanes, 1969-1986
    from Land of the South

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    Ship Island Ferry
    http://www.msshipisland.com/

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    1st Louisiana Native Guard
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Louisiana_Native_Guard

    Print Materials

    Hollandsworth, James G. The Louisiana Native Guards: The Black Military Experience During the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

    Weaver, C. P. Thank God My Regiment's an African One: The Civil War Diary of Nathan W. Daniels. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.

    Ochs, Stephen J. A Black Patriot and a White Priest: André Cailloux and Claude Paschal Maistre in Civil War New Orleans. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.

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