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William C. Falkner

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Ethnic origin: White

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The grandfather of novelist William F. Faulkner (who altered the spelling), from Mississippi, USA, he volunteered for the Mexican War. He wrote The Siege of Monterey in 1851, a poem of around 4,000 lines and 493 stanzas. This was pronounced, “in all probability the strangest poetical composition in the language”. It includes the story of a Mexican girl disguised as a soldier and her soldier lover defending Monterrey. He also wrote “The Spanish Heroine; a tale of war and love. Scenes laid in Mexico”. (Johannsen, 209)

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Other 1851He wrote a poem, "The Siege of Monterey".


Johannsen, Robert W., (1985), To the Halls of the Montezumas: The Mexican War in the American Imagination


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