Wednesday, October 10, 2012

But leave the fire going

Civil War General Robert E. Lee died on this day in 1870.  His last words:

"Strike the tent."

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Or maybe: "My Poe soul"

 On this day in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died.

"Quoth the Raven nevermore." -- Poe's epitaph.

It would have been elegant for Poe's last word to have been "Nevermore," in answer to the question he was asked on his deathbed ("Would you like to see your friends?"), but his dying utterance was probably the much more somber, "Lord help my poor soul."