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(1863) Battle of Gettysburg
John R. Price
Posts: 1102
In Honor of the Chamberlain/Oates thread
Posted on: 10/31/2019 12:00:23 PM

Like a faded gray veil, the Confederate lines rippled
Against the tide of shot and shell that poured from the hill's rocky summit.
The storm of lead pierced the trees, rocks and bone.
The Rebel Yell pierced the winds and hearts of the enemy.
The red flag with the blue cross and brittle borders snagged through
The tree branches hanging above the killing ground.
One Confederate laid down his musket and gently grabbed hold of the
Flag's staff from the dying hands of his rebel brother.
The patriot tilted it toward the ghostly shadows where the enemy stood until he too fell.
Another must lay down his musket, to take the flag onward, following
glory's trail, as their souls go back to Dixie.
In a Southern soldier's heart, he knows that his journey must end at home.
As the Alabamian laid his breast to the ground and shut his eyes,
There he returned.
He marches with eternity upon the Southern land and watches
The lightning bugs, not the musket bursts flicker in the Alabama twilight.
Oh, but on the killing field of Little Round Top, the rebel yell
Sounded the high melody of their Cause,
'Tis the Southern Cause!
It is the Cause which carried the shoeless rebels to the brow of this Ring of Fire,
Little Round Top.
In the West, the sun fell to its knees and wept for the South.
It red tears flooded across the sky.
On July 2nd, 1863, the sun had set upon the fields of Gettysburg.
When it rose again, the dawn's peace found that the gray warriors of
Little Round Top had returned home again.
For on the brim of Little Round Top laid nothing but the dead.
The last musket was gently laid down, and forward the red flag with the
Blue cross and brittle borders went.
Forward, upon that trail of glory, toward home it advanced.
Prvt. Zac Tims,
15th Alabama Co. G
A battle long forgotten by our country in a war never understood by our country. "to satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds, in the name of destiny and in the name of God"
Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan
Posts: 5751
In Honor of the Chamberlain/Oates thread
Posted on: 11/8/2019 2:22:19 PM

Hi John,

Great CW Poem, very touching, written by someone who was there!

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Thanks for posting,
"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

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