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Edmund Clarence Stedman

Edmund Clarence Stedman

Male 1833 - 1908  (74 years)

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  • Name Edmund Clarence Stedman  [1
    Born 8 Oct 1833  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Jun 1860 
    Editor 
    1860 Census 31 Jul 1860 
    • Squaw Village PO - Atlantic, Monmouth Co., NJ, p. 557, as E. C. Stedman, age 27, b. CT
    Occupation 1900 
    Author 
    1900 Census 7 Jun 1900 
    • Bronxville - Eastchester, Westchester Co., NY, ED 65, sheet 4B
    Died 1908 
    Notes 
    • STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence, poet and critic, was born in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 8, 1833; son of Maj. Edmund Burke and Elizabeth Clementine (Dodge) Stedman; grandson of Griffin and Elizabeth (Gordon) Stedman, and of David Low and Sarah (Cleveland) Dodge, and a descendant, in the eighth generation, of Isaac Stedman, who was born in England, 1605, and immigrated to Massachusetts, 1635. After Edmund's father's death in 1835, he became the ward of his great-uncle, James Stedman of Norwich, Conn., to whose home he was sent in 1839. He attended Yale college, 1849-51, receiving his A.B. degree, 1871, as a member of the class of 1853; continued his studies under private instructors at Northampton, Mass., 1851, and was editor of the Norwich Tribune, 1852-53, and of the Winsted (Conn.) Herald, 1854-55. He removed to New York city in 1856, where he contributed verse to leading publications, and was editorially connected with the Tribune, 1859-61. He was married, Nov. 2, 1853, to Laura Hyde, daughter of Asa and Elizabeth (Rogers) Woodworth of Danielsonville, Conn. He was located at Washington, D.C., as as war correspondent of the New York World, 1861-63; was in the confidential employ of Attorney-General Bates, 1863-64, and a member of the New York Stock Exchange, 1869-1900, subsequently devoting his entire time to literary work, and making his home in Bronxville, N.Y. The honorary degree of A.M. was conferred upon him by Yale, 1871, and by Dartmouth, 1873; that of L.H.D. by Columbia, 1892, and that of LL.D. by Yale, 1894. Mr. Stedman acquired a wide reputation as a literary critic of unusual discrimination, lecturing at Johns Hopkins university upon the "Nature and Elements of Poetry," upon the creation of the Turnbull chair of poetry, the first chair of its kind in America, 1891, and repeating the same course at Columbia college, 1891, and at the University of Pennsylvania, 1892. He was frequently chosen to deliver original poems on important public occasions. He served as vice-president and president of the American Copy-right league. He edited, with Thomas B. Aldrich, "Cameos, from the Poems of Walter Savage Landor" (1874); "Poems of Austin Dobson" (1880); "The Library of American Literature," with Ellen M. Hutchinson (11 vols., 1888-89); "The Works of Edgar Allan Poe" with G. E. Woodbury (10 vols. 1895); "A Victorian Anthology" (1895), and "An American Anthology" (1900). He is the author of: Poems, Lyric and Idyllic (1860); Alice of Monmouth (1864); The Blameless Prince (1869): Poetical Works (1873); Victorian Poets (1875); Hawthorne, and Other Poems (1877); Poets of America (1885); The Nature and Elements of Poetry, lectures (1892); Poems Now First Collected (1897).

      KEARNY AT SEVEN PINES
      by Edmund Clarence Stedman
      (1833-1908)

      So that soldierly legend is still on its journey,--
        That story of Kearny who knew not to yield!
      'Twas the day when with Jameson, fierce Berry and Birney,
        Against twenty thousand he rallied the field.
      Where the red volleys poured, where the clamor rose highest,
        Where the dead lay in clumps through the dwarf oak and pine,
      Where the aim from the thicket was surest and nighest,--
        No charge like Phil Kearny's along the whole line.

      When the battle went ill, and the bravest were solemn,
        Near the dark Seven Pines, where we still held our ground,
      He rode down the length of the withering column,
        And his heart at our war-cry lept up with a bound;
      He snuffed, like his charger, the wind of the powder,--
        His sword waved us on and we answered the sign;
      Loud our cheer as we rushed, but his laugh rang the louder.
        "There's the devil's own fun, boys, along the whole line!"

      How he strode his brown steed! How he saw his blade brighten
        In the one hand still left,--and the reins in his teeth!
      He laughed like a boy when the holidays heighten,
        But a soldier's glance shot from his visor beneath.
      Up came the reserves to the mellay infernal,
        Asking where to go in--through the clearing or pine?
      "O, anywhere! Forward! 'Tis all the same, Colonel:
        You'll find lovely fighting along the whole line!"

      Oh, evil the black shroud of night at Chantilly,
        That hid him from sight of his brave men and tried!
      Foul, foul speed the bullet that clipped the white lily,
        The flower of our knighthood, the whole army's pride!
      Yet we dream that he still,--in that shadowy region
        Where the dead form their ranks at the wan drummer's sign,--
      Rides on, as of old, down the length of his legion,
        And the word is still "Forward!" along the whole line.
    Person ID I6017  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 

    Father Edmund Burke Stedman,   b. 4 Apr 1800, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1835, on passage to St. Croix Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Clementine Dodge,   b. 18 Dec 1810, New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1889, Summit, Union Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 25 Mar 1830  New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Announcement 30 Mar 1830  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Connecticut Courant 
    • MARRIAGES. At New York, on Thursday Eventing last, Mr. Edmund B. Stedman, of this city, to Miss Elizabeth Clementina, daughter of David L. Dodge, Esq.
    Marriage Announcement 3 Apr 1830  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Connecticut Mirror 
    • MARRIED. At New York, on the 25th inst. Mr. Edmund B. Stedman, of this city, to Miss Elizabeth Clementina, daughter of David L. Dodge, Esq.
    Family ID F2667  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Laura Hyde Woodworth,   b. 1 Aug 1833, Franklin, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1900  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 2 Nov 1853  Yantic, New London Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frederick Stuart Stedman,   b. 22 Apr 1856, New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown
     2. Arthur G. Stedman,   b. 6 Jun 1859, New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1908, New York, New York Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2006 
    Family ID F2673  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Nov 1853 - Yantic, New London Co., CT Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S143] The Descendants of William and Annis Chandler, George Chandler, (1872), p. 110 (Reliability: 3).