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PRESTON, Margaret Junkin, poet, b. in Philadelphia, Pa., about 1825. She is a daughter of Reverend George Junkin, and the wife of Prof. John T. L. Preston, of the Virginia military institute. Her first contributions to the press appeared in " Sartain's Magazine" in 1849-'50, and she subsequently published a novel entitled "Silverwood " (New York, 1856), but she has since devoted herself to poetical composition. She was an ardent sympathizer with the south, and her most sustained volume of verse, " Beechenbrook," a poem of the civil war, enjoyed a wide popularity, and contains the familiar lines on "Stonewall Jackson's Grave" and the lyric " Slain in Battle" (New York, 1866). Her other works include many fugitive poems, " Old Songs and New," the dedication of which has been much admired (1870), and "For Love's Sake" (1887). Her writings are vigorous, suggestive, and full of religious feeling. Her translation of the "Dies Irae," which appeared in 1855, has been highly praised.
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