James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

May 11

One Country—One Sacrifice

By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)

  • Ensign Worth Bagley was killed at the battle of Cardenas on May 11, 1898, and was the first of our naval officers killed in the war with Spain.

  • IN one rich drop of blood, ah, what a sea

    Of healing! Thou, sweet boy, wert first to fall

    In our new war; and thou wert southron all!

    There is no North, no South—remembering thee.