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A Soldier's Letter

"My dear Hannah:  We're camped nigh a town called Gettysburg tonight.
I take pen in hand to write to you, my love, by the flickerin' candlelight.
From afar I hear the beat of Rebel drums preparin' fer battle on the 'morrow.
Oh, my darlin' Hannah!  I ain't never knowed such loneliness and sorrow!"

"How I long to be with you and the children 'round our family hearth.
Ya'all mean the world to me, more than anything else on God's earth!
I recall so many times biddin' a sad farewell at our humble cabin door,
And marchin' off with my home brigade as we faced the cruel war!"

"I'm a-thankin' ye fer the chicken and apple pie you sent last week.
I shared it with my friends - it brightened our day which elsewise was so bleak.
This evenin' I read from my tattered Bible the Twenty-third Psalm.
We shared it many times at our family altar - it gives me such great calm!"

"I 'spect to be comin' home to help bring in the crops later on this fall,
And sit 'round the board to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgivin' with ya'all!
So fatten up old Tom Turkey, make some dressin' and sweet pertaters,
A couple of yer famous punkin pies and serve some fresh termaters!"

"I reckon I'd better close this letter 'cause its a-gittin' purty late.
Pray fer me, Hannah!  I'll leave ever'thing in God's hands as to my fate!
Hug and kiss the children fer me tonight as you tuck them in their bed.
I'll see you soon, dear one. 'Til then, I remain your lovin' husband, Jed."

Alas, the Scythe of Death reaped Jed's soul upon that ghastly field of strife.
The hopes expressed in his poignant letter would ne'er be shared with his wife..
It was found in his tunic pocket as he was lowered in his hallowed grave,
As his comrades honored him for his service and the life he freely gave.

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 9/3/2013 11:31:00 AM
    Bob, another heartfelt poem, of honor... How was your labor day weekend.. I had to work :-( thank you for this one once again. It makes me think of what goes through a soldiers mind when away from the wife.. xox..PD

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 6:53:00 PM
    perfect poetry sir

  1. Date: 8/7/2013 10:29:00 AM
    You always put so much effort into your poetry, and they are all so finely crafted... as is this magnificent piece. So much emotion expressed in the letter... alas, not meant to be, as your final verse indicates. BRAVO my friend! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 7:18:00 PM
    Another great one. These letters are always so sad. They are treasures to be kepted. Thanks for sharing..... Lucilla

  1. Date: 8/3/2013 2:15:00 PM
    A VERY touching write... You write such great story poems... (Or, at least, that's what I call them...)

  1. Date: 8/3/2013 2:02:00 PM
    Hi Robert this is why I stay on the soup, just loved this my friedn so touching, all the best Poetowen

  1. Date: 8/2/2013 12:05:00 PM
    As usual Sgt. you bring a taste of the past to reality. I too share your passion for especially the civil war and I tell my grandchildren it wasn't all that long ago because someone that was 67 when my mom was born was born the same year as the battle of Gettysburg. I'm a proud supporter of the Civil War Trust and I'm going to Gettysburg for the 4th time next spring to see the renewed battlefield which has been restored to its original state!

  1. Date: 8/1/2013 6:32:00 PM
    Hello Robert: This is a wonderful historical vignette. The language is amazing and the flow of the story is seamless. Such sadness,too. Into my Favs list it goes. SuZ

  1. Date: 7/30/2013 3:42:00 PM
    Very well done . Says so much about the Soilder and giving .