Chapter 16

Written and Narrated by Christopher Rudolph © 2015

Chapter 16 – This poem, General Buford Night Before Second Day at Gettysburg, focuses on General John Buford’s thoughts the night of July 1st. He learns that General Meade has finally arrived. He also realizes that Union forces will have a tactical advantage now that they have secured Cemetery Hill. Throughout the night Union forces fortify it with breastworks and cannon.

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Chapter 16 – General Buford Night Before Second Day at Gettysburg

 

On Cemetery Hill

Late that night

Buford watched swinging picks

In the bright star light

 

On his horse sitting

Listening to the sound

Of shovels striking

Digging up the ground

 

Cloudless sky warm

Bright shining moon

Union Army kept arriving

All be here soon

 

Shot once in the left arm

Trying to feign

Arm wrapped up under coat

In continuous pain

 

All along the ridge

He saw caissons rolling

Cannons being placed

Very consoling

 

He stumbled upon the Union headquarters

Where argument was vehement

Exactly who was in command?

Was stirring quite an argument

 

General Howard or Hancock?

Most wanted “Winfield the Superb”

Over one-armed Howard

To guide them at Gettysburg

 

Howard was the Senior Officer

But Winfield had orders from Mead

Old Win was the chosen one

It must be he who leads

 

He finally got his orders

Just as Meade arrived

The Commander was here

Union forces revived

 

For tomorrow at dawn

New battle would ensue

High ground was theirs

Favoring the Boys of Blue

 

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