Chapter 25

by Christopher Rudolph © 2015

Chapter 25 – This poem, Colonel Chamberlain 3rd Day Begins, focuses on the 20th Maine on top of Big Round Top on the morning of July 3rd. From the top of Big Round Top, Colonel Chamberlain hears skirmishers firing at Bliss Farm. Third day of battle has begun.

531px-Joshua_Chamberlain_-_Brady-Handy Colonel Chamberlain

Chapter 25 – Colonel Chamberlain 3rd Day Begins July 3rd, 1863 at Gettysburg

 

He climbed a tree

Watched the day come

On the summit of Big Round Top

With the rising sun

 

Sky thick and gray

Smell of humidity and heat

Mist through the ridges

Like white steam replete

 

On the gray crest

He could look directly down

Gunners by cannons black

On that Little Top Round

 

There were lights all along

The Union line winding

Horses moving here and there

More troops arriving

 

The morning air was still

Hardly any wind

Smell of strong coffee wafting

Rigor mortis stench partly rescind

 

No more food

All rations were gone

As the 20th ME awoke

To the coming of dawn

 

They were still the end

Of the Union flank

The left of the left

On a very steep bank

 

Still ready and determined

To hold this position

If they could just get some more

Desperately needed ammunition

 

Then Northwest of the Round Tops

Beneath the early summer sun

At Bliss Farm skirmishers began firing

Third day of battle already begun 

 

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