Original poem: Dead on the Ground

Civil War Reenactors

 

Dead on the Ground

 

You can’t allow yourself to think about

Your pards now dead on the ground

 

They were alive just a minute ago

Now from their bodies blood does flow

 

How can a friend that you knew and loved

Be taken so quickly and sent above

 

I can’t ponder this disturbing thought

I just know a great injustice has been wrought

 

We shared the heat and chills

While enduring endless drills

 

We marched and fought together

And now I must write that fateful letter

 

To their loved ones and friends

Of how bravely they met their ends

 

I have hardened over the years

But their faces will never disappear

 

From the company muster in my mind

I will recount them all and cry

About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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