Skip to main content

Asa Hartz poem

Collection number: ahc.MSS495f

Scope and Content

This bound volume, a copy of A new treatise on the use of globes, by Thomas Keith, 1832, bears a holographic copy of a satirical poem on the subject of prisoner-of-war exchanges during the Civil War. It is written in the form of a letter to Asa Hartz (pen name of Major George McKnight (1833-1869)), who was held at Johnson's Island, a prison for Confederate officers in Ohio. The author's identity is uncertain, but someone named Philip Stinchcomb wrote his name and the date 1856 on the fly leaf. This ink signature shows a trained hand, as does the poem itself. Pencil notations in the volume include, in a less elegant script, the phrase "Philip Stinchcombe's Book," references to a celestial event in 1833, and a few lines from the hymn, "The spacious firmament on high..." The poem is written in the spaces remaining after the hymn and the "Stinchcombe" entry, indicating that it was written at a later time. References to the battle of Chickamauga, Butler's attempt to re-open prisoner exchanges and Grant's stated intention to take Richmond on July 4 provide brackets for a possible date of composition.


  • approximately 1864

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1985

Asa Hartz poem
Paul Crater
May 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305