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Gettysburg Hauntings

Gettysburg Hauntings

When General Meade met General Lee
At Gettysburg in 1863

Sons of the South battled Northern brothers
And neither side has ever recovered

Fifty-one thousand lives lost in three days
Of a summertime swelter, July haze

Souls rose not to heaven from bodies piled
On blood-soaked battlefields spanning 40 miles

An on-scene photographer moved fallen men
To snap better images with his lens

Hats off to Alex Gardner if you please
Today picture-takers’ cameras freeze

At a large bouldered site called Devil’s Den
Sharpshooter hid, killed unsuspecting men

Travelers at night on Pennsylvania roads
Claim they see soldiers, hear cannons explode

A century after the Revolution
United our states to wage war as one

Virginians were forced to choose blue or gray
Mason Dixon Line divided that way

If only Tom Jefferson’s wise notion
Had not been struck from the Declaration

Slavery, the impetus for war and hate
Would have been quashed before State versus State

Gettysburg might have been a peaceful farm
Where soldiers had never succumbed to harm

But restless spirits, faces pale and gaunt
Never retreat from their Gettysburg haunt

Our nation’s darkest hour plays out each night
And passersby still marvel at the sight

Where sons of the South battled Northern brothers
For neither side will ever recover

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 5/15/2011 2:39:00 PM
    Excellent job, Carolyn - and I see it was featured on PS. I can't see any poem listed here about the Haunting of Monmouth Uni. I'd love to read it. I'm not sure if I'd be scared or just fascinated if I saw a ghost (I suppose it would depend on his/her actions...) Hope you weren't upset/offended that I'd written erotica - Juliet dared me to write the first story and it sold. I'd never do a Sweetie and post it on PS and I'd certainly never send you 'dirty' poems, like the Johnson chap LOL. Jack x

  1. Date: 4/21/2011 12:57:00 PM
    Well Done ~ History takes its value, from those who contemplate the results of the struggles! Paula Larson

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 10:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 1:38:00 PM
    Congratulations on being featured this week on soup, Carolyn. Have a blessed holy week. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 12:43:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 5:19:00 AM
    Fifty one thousand? I thought it was much more. Fifty one thousand is fifty one thousand too much. That figure should stick in humanity's craw. By what twist of imagination can we call ourselves humane? Congrats on this great historical write. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 4/17/2011 8:55:00 PM
    Very well written, Carolyn! Interesting read and thought provoking. Congrats on your poem being featured this week! Love, Caroline.

  1. Date: 3/4/2010 11:38:00 PM
    Beautiful, true and amazing piece of work. I spent a week in Gettysburg and visited Devil's Den, Little Round Top and many other places you mentioned. And experienced some creepy activity. You captured Gettysburg in all it's grace and horror.

  1. Date: 12/2/2009 2:22:00 PM
    Steve would love this piece! Steve is in a semi coma from primary progressive aphasia having not written anything since ~1995. I am Anne, his wife, and I post poems to share them with other writers and in order to 'hear' him speak to me. I have discovered most of his poems only in the last four years as I go through his papers. Email:

  1. Date: 8/17/2009 6:23:00 PM
    Congratulations Carolyn. I'll have to check this out sometime. Excellent write. Vince

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 10:32:00 PM
    Carolyn congrats on placing in the contest- God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 3:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. This too was a terrible war and maybe one of the few with something to show for the horror.

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 2:42:00 PM
    Another wonderful write with the history homework done ... smile ... The second stanza is so frighteningly true ... I don't think a lot of people have "recovered" from Obama's election and the scenes on the t.v. news are getting scarier by the day ... Wish I could see peace in my lifetime ... awesome write, Carolyn. Congratulations on your win in Debra's contest!

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 8:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Deborah's contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 6:13:00 AM
    Congratulations for your winning poem. Great History LessonTL

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 1:44:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in Debbie's contest Carolyn.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 5:57:00 PM
    Congratulations, Carolyn....well deserving being among the winning poems!! Excellent as always from your pen! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 4:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on your deserved win-win!! Great write, Carolyn. Ruben.

  1. Date: 8/13/2009 2:52:00 PM
    Carolyn, awesome poetry..congrats on your win...

  1. Date: 7/20/2009 7:57:00 PM
    The stupidity of war always needs to be remembered in all its realism, by excellent poets , such as yourself! Thank-you for your endearing comments; they are always received gratefully, even if I may not alwys say so! Love, poet butterfly