Battle of Gettysburg Epic Poem

“The Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle fought in the New World, along with the Battle of Waterloo, the most famous battle fought in the Old World, have been analyzed and written about for generations. Why? Perhaps because both losing commanders should have won decisive victories. The controversies can not be explained here yet in both battles, everything had to go wrong for Lee and Napoleon to lose. For instance, both battles culminated in a grand charge. Pickett’s Charge and the charge of the Middle Guard failed for similar reasons. The attacks were directed against strong points instead of weak points and both columns were outflanked and subjected to devastating musketry. Christopher Rudolph exercises his study of the Confederacy’s invasion of Pennsylvania to create an epic poem. He relates the story of the campaign and Battle of Gettysburg with insight and care for detail without stepping into the myriad controversies. His work is dedicated to the soldiers, Americans all, who fought at Gettysburg in Adams County PA in July 1863 and will appeal to the student and the enthusiast. ” –  Donald J Frey – Civil War Author, Longstreet’s Assault – Pickett’s Charge, In The Woods Before Dawn, The Adventures of Daniel Buchwalter in the Western Army, and others.

A “Monumental piece.” Janet Morgan Riggs – President of Gettysburg College

“Excellent, and a great way to get students interested in history! It’s extremely creative, and a great approach to teaching.” – Dianne Zazalli DeBella – Writing Professor at University of Colorado

 “It may be especially effective as a teaching tool because it is a different way of presenting the information, and is much livelier and more emphatic than most epic poems.” – Bill O’Leary

“I loved it. Quite a tour de force.” – Judy Hammer – High School English and Drama Teacher

This poem is dedicated to the brave soldiers that served and those that died fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. This battle was fought for three days from July 1st to July 3rd, 1863. It is estimated that there were over 50,000 casualties in the two armies fighting. Around 28,000 (4,500 killed) being from the Confederate Army and around 23,000 (3,100 killed) being from the Union Army. It was the bloodiest battle of the entire Civil War.

by Christopher Rudolph © 2015

Chapter 1 – Army of Northern Virginia Marches North

Chapter 2 – Army of Potomac Pursues

Chapter 3 – The Spy Reveals     

Chapter 4 – Colonel Chamberlain of Maine

Chapter 5 – Buford Finds High Ground     

Chapter 6 – Longstreet’s Men

Chapter 7 – The First Shot     

Chapter 8 – Lee – First Day Begins – July 1st, 1863

Chapter 9 – General John Buford  – July 1st     

Chapter 10 – Iron Brigade vs Confederates – July 1st, 1863

Chapter 11 – 6th Wisconsin, 95th NY, 14th Brooklyn – July 1st, 1863

Chapter 12 – Robert E. Lee – First Day – Moving Into Gettysburg

Chapter 13 – Chamberlain – July 1st – First Day 

Chapter 14 – Longstreet Forebodes – Night of July 1st

Chapter 15 – Lee – Night Before The Second Day

Chapter 16 – Buford – Night Before The Second Day

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

Chapter 18 – Longstreet 2nd Day 

Chapter 19 – Charge of the 1st Minnesota – 2nd Day

Chapter 20 – Charge of 20th Maine – 2nd Day

Chapter 21 – Saviors of Little Round Top Right – 2nd Day

Chapter 22 – Greene and Ireland – Culp’s Hill – 2nd Night

Chapter 23 – Longstreet – Night Before 3rd Day

Chapter 24 – Lee – Night Before 3rd Day

Chapter 25 – Chamberlain – 3rd Day Begins – July 3rd, 1863

Chapter 26 – Longstreet – 3rd Day

Chapter 27 – East Cavalry Field – 3rd Day

Chapter 28 – Armistead  – Pickett, Pettigrew, and Trimble’s Charge

Chapter 29 – Bloody Angle – 3rd Day

Chapter 30 – Longstreet – The Aftermath

Chapter 31 – Colonel Chamberlain – End of 3rd Day

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