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My Darling Little Annie Lee

Her smile was like the sunshine That breaks the morning dew. Our love was the special kind That father daughter knew. While stationed at Winchester I first received the news. I wanted to caress her And see her illness through. One day a tear-stained letter Shocked me beyond belief. Annie is gone forever! I was …

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One of the Boys Has Fallen

One of our boys has fallen. He walks the earth no more. He heard his Master calling Across that distant shore. He left us with no warning. He’s now in heaven’s care. We’ve placed a wreath of mourning Upon his empty chair. We come before you humbled. With bended knee we pray. For one of …

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The Fading of the Grey

Confederate Triumphs, Trials, and Tragedies Selected Readings From Various Campaigns, Poems, & Recollections From Privates to Generals Forward It was a time of great anguish, a time of brother against brother, friend against friend; a nation divided. It has inspired more romantic notions about a time of chivalry and honor in war and yet brought …

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The Legend and Legacy of Lee

A Fading of the Grey series Forward He now rests in the land that he loved. But there was a moment in time when a giant rode upon the land. There was an instance when a man of Christian character, values and mystery arose to become the very symbol of the southern cause. He was …

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Noble Ellis

Old man what can you tell us About the Noble Ellis That we don’t already know? He stared into the distance But gave up his resistance When his tears began to flow. I witnessed General Zollie As you say, “meet his folly”. I watched as that brave man died. I felt the cannons pound us, …

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Antietam

At a place called Antietam We fought for our freedom On a fall September day. Blue-Gray First Marylander’s sons Were put under the gun As one shot at another. Grown men fell dead and adyin’. All men were acrying’. Brother against dear brother. They were out in a Cornfield Where neither side would yield Until …

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Cap’n Down!

He sent us on a mission To gather from the land. But under one condition; Steal from Republicans! Our assignment was to hold The salt works of Leatherwood. In October’s chilling cold We clearly thought we could. We heard the rifles thunder While in the melon patch. One of the boys went under. A bullet …

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When Johnny Finally Fell

When he received the letter He never was the same. His thoughts he could not gather He acted quite insane. He said his darling left him For someone back at home. He said that she debreathed him. His mind began to roam. He talked of death with honor With saber in his hand. He put …

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Yonder Blue Light

The following poem is my feeble effort at honoring the men and the machine known as the Hunley. The Hunley represents the best of us in the worst of times. It personifies the gallantry of the human spirit and the willingness of men to lay down their lives for the cause in which they believed. …

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A Warrior’s Going Home

In the heat of the battle As smoke circles the ground. I hear the cannons rattle As I see Richmond’s town. Rebecca’s image haunts me As minnies fall and spray. The shots and shells still taunt me As I hear Becca pray. On knees bent in submission Down by the River James. She begs a …

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