And a one, and a two, and a three four five six!

Or a one, and a two, and a three four five!

From my home right here,

To the end way down there!

And then I have a choice

Of a one, a two, or a three, or a four!

First named him in 1861,

And born of famous birth!

What name do I have?

And who is the father?


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    $\begingroup$ Could you add a clue to this puzzle? I was hoping to eventually see the solution. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Williamson Oct 18 at 12:39
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    $\begingroup$ @KyleWilliamson Clue added! $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Oct 18 at 13:07
  • $\begingroup$ So I've figured for a while now that this is something to do with rot13(Gur cbrz "Cnhy Erirer'f Evqr" - naq cbffvoyl uvf ubefr Oebja Ornhgl) but I cannot for the life of me find if there is anything significant behind the numbers or what 'Who is the father?' can mean beyond what's already given in the hint... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 25 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ That's not quite the correct poem... $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Nov 25 at 15:24

Partial Answer

I think the name you have is

The marching tune is referencing the civil war. The name could be Abraham Lincoln... or possibly, the Confederate States of America.

"And a one, and a two, and a three four five six!"

The initial Confederacy was established in the Montgomery Convention in February 1861 by seven states (South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, adding Texas in March before Lincoln's inauguration) Texas doesn't count here because it was before the inauguration.

"Or a one, and a two, and a three four five!

-- expanded in May–July 1861 (with Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina), and was disintegrated in April–May 1865. It was formed by delegations from seven slave states of the Lower South that had proclaimed their secession from the Union. I count Texas here. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America.

"From my home right here,

To the end way down there!"

Lincoln lived in Springfield, IL. The confederacy went as far south as Florida/Texas.

"And then I have a choice

Of a one, a two, or a three, or a four!"

The Crittenden Compromise was an unsuccessfully proposed to Lincoln, a proposal to permanently enshrine slavery in the United States Constitution, and thereby make it unconstitutional for future congresses to end slavery. The compromise proposed four Congressional resolutions.

"First named him in 1861,"

On March 4th, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated (named) as President of the United States.

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    $\begingroup$ Bundling four things together does not give you a choice of choosing one out of four things. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Sep 23 at 18:58
  • $\begingroup$ Also, a choice of 5 OR 6. And this answer is incorrect unfortunately. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Sep 23 at 19:45
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    $\begingroup$ @RewanDemontay cool, thanks. I figured it was a stretch, but was still fun to try and come up with reasonings $\endgroup$ – Kyle Williamson Sep 23 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ That's alright! As long as you had fun, ;D! $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Sep 23 at 19:51

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