Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – This poem, The First Shot, focuses on Lieutenant Marcellus Jones of 8th Illinois Cavalry of Company E. He fired the first shot of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863. In 1886 a memorial was placed at the location where Jones fired the first shot of the battle. Jones was there as the memorial was established. This monument remains on the north side of  US Route 30 (Chambersburg Pike or Cashtown Road) at the intersection of Knoxlyn Road.

800px-First_shot_marker First Shot Marker, Gettysburg, PA.

Written by Christopher Rudolph © 2015

Chapter 7 – The First Shot – July 1st, 1863 

 

It was just after dawn

The rain began to blow

Blurs in the mist

Dark figures row upon row

 

Lieutenant Marcellus Jones

8th Illinois Cavalry of Company E

One of Buford’s Officers

Vigilant picket sentry

 

Sees flags unfurled flying

Advancing swirling death

Of General A.P. Hill’s Third Corps

Led by Major General Heth

 

He froze for a moment

What seemed like eternity

His carbine aiming

On a fence rail steadily

 

Cold rain misting vision

Cleared his eyes

Squeezed the trigger

Along with the sunrise

 

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