“War Is Hell”(the Battle of Bull Run)
Green was the sward as they entered therein-
And balmy and clear was the day,
They’d lofty illusions of what war consisted-
And cheerfully entered the fray.
The people came out as you’d go to the park-
To picnic, and watch, and have fun,
But little they knew ere the day had quite passed
That Death would hold court at Bull Run.
Four years of tragedy lay in the future-
The stuff on which media thrives....
Ere Lee had surrendered there at Appomatox-
It took a great toll on their lives.
Death touched our nation on every front-
They say Sherman said, “War is Hell”!
And Bobby Lee said, “Far best it is horrid-
I fear we would love it too well”.
Blue against gray, and brother fought brother-
And father fought cousins and sons-
And shattered the heart of many a mother,
They wept at the sound of the guns.
Youngsters grew old in the space of one battle-
And many no older would grow...
When grape shot and canister slaughtered by thousands
Impersonal Death laid them low.
Therein lies a lesson, our nation should glean from...
And we should have learned it quite well..
Although he wore blue, and fought for the Union
Sherman was right. “War is Hell”!
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