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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
Scott Brown
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Red's Xmas Poem?
Posted on: 12/22/2017 6:27:35 PM
Does anyone still have it?

If so, can you post it?

Scott B.

Scott Brown
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Red's Xmas Poem?
Posted on: 12/22/2017 7:32:10 PM
Found it!!

It’s the night before Xmas, and all across the Park,
Not a Ranger was stirring, twas too cold and too dark.
On Seminary Ridge two generals rode up at last,
They had returned to visit, and remember the past.

Marse Robert and Old Peter talked as they stared,
They remembered the scene as it once had appeared.
That view from their memories stirred them to see,
That hectic first day when Longstreet joined Lee.

Said General Lee in his usual way,
“It all seemed to be simple as we won that first day.
We should have pushed on to the hills past the town,”
“Or, we had to maneuver,” said Longstreet with a frown.

Lee turned in his saddle, and adjusted his hat,
“In the absence of Stuart I was blind as a bat!
Generals Ewell and Hill had their people too scattered,
Johnson and Anderson were not up when it mattered!”

“And your Corps was not up to join in the fight,
It’s too bad that you had to march most of the night,
We wanted you here, but knew the road was a mass,
With Hill’s Corps plus Johnson marching over the pass.”

“Well it’s over and done.” Said Lee as he sighed,
“We just couldn’t drive them, as hard as we tried.”
“It would have been better to end it right here,
Than to fight on in vain for over a year.”

On the ridge across the way two riders appeared,
Riding up towards the Angle, they paused as they neared.
The old “Snapping Turtle.,” better known as George Meade,
And Winfield Scott Hancock, his horse in the lead.

They paused at the Angle and stared through the night,
While the years peeled away, Meade remembered the fight.
“I’m glad you went up from Maryland that day,
To see if the army should come up to the fray.”

Hancock frowned, and then shrugged as he recalled the sight,
Of two badly smashed corps - disarrayed from the fight.
“Although we were driven, still we held the high ground,
And most of the troops seemed to want the next round.”

Meade nodded and answered: “They’ve always been brave,
Now they rest over yonder, God bless each in his grave.
You led well on the next day, and stopped their attack,
It was close for awhile until we drove them back!”

“I can still hear the roar of their guns that third day,
That bombardment before Pickett could start on his way.
Their shot and shell caused our headquarters to flee,
And it kept me too busy to come up to see!”

“Your calmness and spirit as you rode the front line,
Kept the troops at their posts with their spirits just fine.
With the crash of their rifles I rode back to the fight,
To find that we’d held, and the Rebels in flight!”

“Though wounded you had to stay on till the end,
It was service most noble General Hancock my friend.
Now a hundred years later, I’d venture to say,
That the Union we saved is much better this day!”

Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan, MI, USA
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Red's Xmas Poem?
Posted on: 12/22/2017 7:53:45 PM

He could be talking to those guys right now, telling them what they should have done!?


BTW Clever, & great poem, Thanks Red!
"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

massapequa, NY, USA
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Red's Xmas Poem?
Posted on: 1/9/2018 5:16:31 AM
great poem!!!

"You will find a great many of the truths we cling to depend greatly upon our own point of view...." Obi Wan Kenobi

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