A Moment in Kentucky History: Bivouac of the Dead

Sep 16, 2019

WEKU and Kentucky Humanities Presents: Think History, a look at Kentucky's historical moments.
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Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanites. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about the poem by Boyle County native Theodore O'hara Bivouac of the Dead. Written for the Kentucky men who died in the Mexican War, it became known as one of the most notable elegies in American literature.


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