Between the years 1802 and 1804, William Wordsworth, the famous English Romantic poet, penned one of his greatest poems, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality." I don’t remember the first time I heard it, but I do know it was familiar to me when my seventh grade English class studied it over the course of several weeks.
The first part of the second movement was then, and still is, my favorite part of the poem. Over the years, it fed my imagination in a thousand different ways as I scrutinized each line. And I loved the experience of allowing my imagination free reign. For those unfamiliar with this particular portion, it reads:
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Therefore, it should come as no surprise to those who read “Spirit of the Rebellion” and “Spirit of the Revolution,” that these nine lines are the influence behind the handsome heroes of my stories. For within their “life’s star,” Captain Tristan Jordahl and Mathias McGregor, respectively, have come from their heavenly abode with clouds of glory, trailing in their wake.
During the Civil War, Captain Tristan Jordahl, hero of “Spirit of the Rebellion,” belonged to the famed Wisconsin Fifteenth Regiment. The majority of this regiment boasted men of Norwegian descent. As one of them, Tristan served nobly, honorably and courageously.
In speaking of the
Wisconsin 15th, the
Annals of the Army of the ,
1864, states: Cumberland
“They are amongst the best and the bravest of our soldiers. Descendants of the sturdy Vikings of medieval times, they have in the long lapse of years lost none of that daring valor, power of endurance, and remarkable coolness in times of excitement, which characterized their ancestors. Next to bravery, their most marked quality is calmness. Always cool and collected, they act with the same deliberation and forethought in the trying hours of danger as in the transactions of every-day life. Temperate and virtuous, obedient and well disciplined, they are in every respect model soldiers, and challenge the admiration and respect of all whose good fortune it is to mingle with them."
In “Spiritof the Revolution,” Mathias McGregor, is a man of equal courage and valor, having served during the American Revolution with Colonel Daniel Morgan’s renowned band of Rangers—and—as a spy for Major John Clark. In regards to the rangers, the British general, William Howe, once stated that these men were the most dangerous regiment in the American army.
Yes indeed, these very exceptional men are very easy to fall in love with, even if they are ghosts...
And don’t worry... I make sure all of my endings have a “Happily Ever After...”