John Bannister Tabb (1845-1909) was an American professor, poet, and Roman Catholic priest. Born near Richmond, Virginia, Tabb studied under private tutors. From an early age, he suffered from poor eyesight. During the American Civil War, Tabb served in the Confederate Navy. On June 4, 1864, he was captured by Northern troops. After the Civil War, Tabb embarked on a career in music. Later, he taught at St. Paul's School in Baltimore. He converted to Catholicism in 1872 and taught English and Greek at St. Charles College in Ellicott City, Maryland. In 1884,Tabb was ordained a Catholic priest. His poetry was widely acclaimed. John Bannister Tabb died in Ellicott City, Maryland in 1909.
[Source: Duggan, Thomas. "John Bannister Tabb" in "The Catholic Encyclopedia." Vol. 14 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912)].