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This Day in Georgia History

September 07, 1881

Sidney Lanier Died

Macon-born poet Sidney Lanier died in Lynn, North Carolina. A year after graduating from Oglethorpe University, Lanier joined the Macon Volunteers in the spring of 1861. He was captured in 1864 and imprisoned in a Union prison in Maryland, where he contacted a lung disease. After the war, Lanier had a series of jobs, during which time he began writing novels and poems. His best works were written in 1869 and afterwards. Some, such as “Thar’s More in the Man Than Thar Is in the Land,” were written in rural Georgia dialect, while others such as “The Marshes of Glynn” were more serious in nature. As his health continued to deteriorate, Lanier traveled to the mountains of North Carolina, where he died of tuberculosis on Sept. 7, 1881.