Oliver CROMWELL of South Carolina
The Soldier's Wreath, or The Battle Ground of New Orleans, and Other Poems
Charleston: Printed by W. Riley, 1828. 8vo. (7 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches). [1-9], x-xii, , 14-101,  pp.
Brown paper boards. Contemporary/period writing on front pastedown
Original poetry on the War of 1812 by young, Jacksonian poet on the eve of the election of 1828.
A collection of poems written about the War of 1812 with the ethos of Jacksonians. It dedicates special placement in the title and its contents to the Battle of New Orleans, the last major armed engagement between Britain and the United States which saw the latter, led by Andrew Jackson, triumph over Britain. This battle bolstered Andrew Jackson's popularity and began his path to the Presidency 13 year later. The text begins with a dedication to Andrew Jackson that also ascribes to the debated belief that Andrew Jackson was born in South Carolina. This loyalty to Jackson continues in the Preface which pledges that those who disagree with Jacksonians 'will find, if I have not the genius of Lord Byron, I have his contempt for 'Dictionary men,' as judges of Poetry; and that backed by the Jacksonians of the Union, I 'cast my book fearlessly on the waters.'" Author was perhaps the Oliver Cromwell who passed at age 22, a year after this book of original poetry was published. He was educated at Yale and "would have made his mark on the literary world" if not for his untimely death.
"New Orleans," National Battlefield Trust; "Andrew Jackson: Campaigns and Elections" Miller Center; Singleton Family Geneology.