Chapter 17

by Christopher Rudolph © 2015

Chapter 17 – This poem, Joshua Chamberlain 2nd Day Gettysburg, focuses on the 20th Maine Volunteers, led by Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, before they get to Little Round Top. They hear the battle raging in the distance.

531px-Joshua_Chamberlain_-_Brady-Handy  Colonel Joshua Chamberlain

Chapter 17 – Chamberlain 2nd Day – July 2nd, 1863 

 

His men from Maine

Chomping on hardtack

Sat in an open field

Tired but ready to attack

 

Then orders came from Meade

As their coffee did boil

“Prepare for battle

Enemy on soil”

 

The regiment advanced

Right shoulder shift arms

Twentieth Maine marched

Through the fields of a farm

 

Looking down the line

Chamberlain saw a long blue wave

Shouldered rifles gleaming

So many men brave  

 

On through a cornfield

On the right was high ground

Came upon a brook

Muddy water already fouled

 

On the far side of the brook

They came upon a broad road

Union wagons moving forward

Carrying heavy loads

 

Beyond the road broad

Was a rise of rugged ground

Off in the distance booming

Cannons did pound

 

Noses then wrinkled

Smelling drifting odor of death

Invisible hovering haze

Cloud of men’s last breaths

 

Still early in the day

Long time till darkness of night

Plenty of time for Warrior Angels

To fight for what is right

 

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