Front: Abram Joseph Ryan, February 5, 1838 – April 22, 1886. Priest – Patriot – Poet – Humanitarian – Teacher & Chaplain to the Armies of the Confederate States of America.
Back: When falls the soldier brave,
Dead at the feet of wrong,ee
The poet sings and guards his grave
With sentinels of song. – From: Sentinel Songs
“As long as Father Abram Ryan’s poems are read, they will exert a noble influence on the religious soul-life of many people which is much neglected and so relentlessly denied in the culture of our 21st century. As a Confederate Army Chaplain during the tragic and totally unnecessary War Between the States and in the savage persecution of the South in the Reconstruction Era, his poetry gallantly reveals that he was truly the priest, the teacher and the inspirer of profound love and duty–one of the South’s Poet Laureates.” – Rev. Fr. Alister C. Anderson, Chaplain (Colonel) U.S. Army (Ret.)