C. Russell Christian (c.1861-1889) was a well known regional poet born in Logan County, WV. A son of B. and E. (White) Christian, he married Marian Trent, fathered at least one son (Carl), and died of typhoid fever at Kirbyville in Wyoming County, WV. He is buried in Oceana, WV.
The aged bell-man sat aloft,
Revolving in his soul full oft
The varied fortunes of the band
Warring for his native land.
While in the rugged hall of State
The new-born Congress proudly sate
Advising in the face of Death
Freedom or the open heath.
Ev’n as the Sun with kindling light
Dispels the horrid dark of Night,
So Freedom when her time had come
Claimed her own Columbian home.
The great assembly gave the word
That broke the reign of George the Third;
And thousand Ages paled before
Sights they had not seen of yore.
And friendly gods beheld the sight
Of Freedom’s Eagle bathed in light;
“Ring! ring!” the small boy shouted forth;
The grand evangel shook the earth!
And shouts of Freedom broke upon
Yankee snows and Dixie’s sun.
And voices cried from out the Past,
“Ye shall have reward at last!”
Source: The Logan Banner, 13 May 1927.