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Pickett's Charge

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
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Texas


0 posted 11-25-1999 02:23 AM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Hot! My God, the day was hot-
Our throats were caked with dust-
We knew that once we started out-
To take the hill- we must.
Like burnished steel, without a cloud-
The perfect summer sky-
Arched above our sweating heads-
That third day of July.
General Pickett drew his sword-
And spun it in the air-
Cried, "Take the military crest-
I'll see yall boys up there!"
Reynolds died the day before-
To give the Yanks a blow-
They had numbers and position
On us down here below.
Almost a mile of grassy plain-
Before our army lay-
The flower of the South land-
Would be cut down today.
The cannon flamed and still we charged
A fence, a wall of stone-
Each foot of ground was bought with blood
And some of it my own.
We fell by scores, then hundreds-
A rousing rebel yell-
Chilled the Yankee gunners-
As valiant Rebels fell.
The saddest part of all that day-
Which most forgot, I guess-
Was not the fact we charged and failed-
We reached the sought for crest-
But once attained we could not hold-
Our number too depleted-
So back across that tract of Hell-
We once again retreated.
Brave Pickett wept a sea of tears-
To see his unit slain-
And though he lived to fight again
He never was the same.
Of all the costly foolish feats-
Which history paints large-
There's not a one to quite compare-
With Pickett's futile charge.

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Live large, people!
~GS~
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Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
Posts 9405
Pennsylvania


1 posted 11-25-1999 02:34 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Wonderful verse! Well told!
Elizabeth
Dusk Treader
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St. Paul, MN


2 posted 11-25-1999 03:02 AM       View Profile for Dusk Treader   Email Dusk Treader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dusk Treader

Great poem Gunslinger! I wish history class could be as exciting as this.. hehe, thanks for a wonderful read!

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"'Cause there's a hunger, a longing to escape, from the life I live when I'm awake" - Creed - "Higher"

hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
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Glen Hope, PA USA


3 posted 11-25-1999 03:34 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Being from PA, I know the history and this brings it home well
poetFemmeFatale
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since 07-25-99
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Arkansas


4 posted 11-26-1999 11:51 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

I ditto Dusk Treader, in that I wish class would have been HALF this good! I find a wonderful tale in everything you write! And it certainly keeps my attention! (which is hard to do sometimes!)

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~~ Lift your head high - spread your "words" and fly - - poetFemmeFatale

Kevin
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since 11-02-1999
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Torrington, Ct, Usa


5 posted 11-26-1999 11:55 PM       View Profile for Kevin   Email Kevin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kevin

I envy your ability to capture the view of the common soldier =)

did you fight in that war =)

*wink*

well done
Nan
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6 posted 11-27-1999 08:45 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Documentary poetry - a new genre...
 
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