Roscoe C. Jamison

Roscoe Conkling Jamison was born in Winchester, Tennessee in 1888. Jamison, who died around age thirty, was posthumously published after a friend discovered his work. His chapbook, Negro Soldiers (William F. Neil), was released in 1918. The eponymous poem about the sacrifices of African American soldiers during the First World War, for which he is best known, first appeared in the September 1917 issue of the Crisis. It was later anthologized by James Weldon Johnson in The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922) and Robert T. Kerlin’s Negro Poets and The Poems (Associated Publishers, Inc., 1923). 

Jamison died in 1918.