Chapter 27

Written by Christopher Rudolph © 2015

Chapter 27 – This poem, East Cavalry Field, focuses on General J.E.B. Stuart‘s attempt to attack the Union rear on the third day of battle at Gettysburg. There to stop him were Union Cavalry led by General David McMurtrie Gregg. One of the heroes of the day was General George Armstrong Custer. He led the 7th and 1st Michigan Cavalry. Their efforts, along with Cavalry from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts prevented the Confederates from penetrating into the rear of the Union defenses.

  General Custer

 General J.E.B Stuart

Chapter 27 – East Cavalry Field 3rd Day of Battle of Gettysburg

 

Absent for so long

His cavalry eyes finally here

Lee gave J.E.B. Stuart orders

To attack the Union rear

 

So, with four worn brigades

On July 3rd

5,000 Confederate troopers

Swept northeast then southeast around Gettysburg

 

Down the Low Dutch Road

They launched a strike

Riding steeds swiftly south

Headed for Baltimore Pike

 

For the Baltimore Pike

Would lead them clear

Right into the center

Of the Union rear

 

But as they approached

The Hanover road

From John Rummel’s farm

Fulminous blasts of lead explode

 

The 5th MICH Cavalry

Repeating rifles roaring

Spencer’s firepower displayed

Bullets zipping soaring scoring

 

Into this melee

J.E.B Stuart ordered a charge

Fitz Lee’s 1st VA Cavalry rode

Into a brazen bullet barrage

 

Galloping Rebel Troopers

Came fast pouring through

5th MICH Cavalry overwhelmed

They scattered to fight anew

 

Union General David Gregg

Ordered Custer to counterattack

Time for the Wolverine brigade

To give it back

 

General George Custer

Himself in the lead

“Come on you Wolverines

Time to make them bleed!”

 

Waves of horsemen collided

Furious fighting along the fence

700 riders toppled together

Wild rumble dense

 

Carbines, Colts, and sabers sharp

Swirling kaleidoscope of horror exploding grim

Custer’s horse was shot

Right out from under him

 

He grabbed a bugler’s horse

But he knew they were beat

Rebel’s won this skirmish

He ordered a retreat

 

But General Custer went back

For the Cavalry 1st Michigan

Led by Colonel H. Town

They charged once again

 

Armstrong Custer sword on high shouted

 “Come on you Wolverines”

Galloping into the fray

Fierce warriors mean

 

Like two forests felled at once

Colliding both sides rushed

Horses falling end over end

Riders beneath cruelly crushed

 

Custer had another horse

Shot from under him once more

Fighting got hand to hand

So much blood and gore

 

Union General McIntosh

Then struck fiercely right

As 3rd PA and New Jersey’s First

Struck left to join the fight

 

Now assaulted from three sides

Stuart overwhelmed withdrew

Plan to attack the Union rear

Now impossible to do

 

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1 thought on “Chapter 27

  1. Custer was relentless in his attack and counterattacks against Jeb Stuart’s Confederate Cavalry! “Ride You Wolverines” ! Was the motto of the day!

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