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goatgirl
11-19-2009, 09:53 AM
Does anyone have any information on Miss Maire (or Maria, I’ve seen it spelt both ways) Louise Eve of August, GA, or her following “Dixie” poem? I am trying to find more about her and especially to find the date of when she wrote this “Dixie.” In vain I have search online, books, the GA State archives, and paid to access the August Chronicles archives as well. I have only been able to find a tiny bit about her, such as she was born in 1848 and won $100 for an essay when eighteen years old. I was able to find her “Conquered at Last” poem in the August Chronicles and stumbled upon another “Dixie” poem she wrote and published post-war in a Milledgeville newspaper, but nothing on this “Dixie.” The only source I have found this poem was in the Library of Southern Literature: Miscellanea. The wording of the poem strongly suggests it was written during the war, maybe late war, and this is a probability since she in later years wrote a post-war “Dixie,” but I’d like to find the date if at all possible. Does anyone have any ideas of a way to find this information?


I wish I was in the land of cotton,
Cinnamon seed and sandy bottom;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
Her scenes shall fade from my memory never;
For Dixie's land hurrah forever;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.

Chorus:
I wish I was in Dixie;
Away, away;
In Dixie's land I'll take my stand,
And live and die in Dixie.
Away, away,
Away down South in Dixie.

Her lot may be hard, her skies may darken;
To Dixie's voice we'll ever hearken;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
The coward may shirk, the wretch go whining,
But we'll be true till the sun stops shining,
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
[chorus.]

By foes begirt and friends forsaken,
The faith of her sons is still unshaken;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
For Dixie's land and Dixie's nation,
We'll stand and fight the whole creation;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
[chorus.]


The Dixie girls wear homespun cotton,
But their winning smiles I've not forgotten;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
They've won my heart and naught surpasses
My love for the bright-eyed Dixie lasses;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
[chorus.]

Then up with the flag that leads to glory;
A thousand years 'twill live in story;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.
The Southron's pride, the foeman's wonder,
The flag that the Dixie boys march under;
Look away, away, away down South in Dixie.

I'll give my life for Dixie;
Away, away;
In Dixie's land I'll take my stand,
And live and die for Dixie.
Away, away,
Away down South in Dixie.

plankmaker
11-19-2009, 10:07 AM
Try here:

http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/shepperson/shepperson.html

If I remember correctly there is something on it in there.

Mark Campbell
Piney Flats, TN

goatgirl
11-19-2009, 04:29 PM
Thanks for trying to be helpful, Mr. Campbell. Unless I’m overlooking it, Miss Eve’s Dixie does not appear to be in this book.