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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