I see their ghosts in morning mist

That washes across battlefield

Where Confederates do persist

And Union soldiers will not yield


Across the fields of Sherfy’s farm

Marchs an army in rebel grey

Intent on doing warring harm

To any Blues that fight that day


And in that dawn, I hear the roar

Union grapeshot sent from Culp’s Hill

It echoes with a death assured

Down valley where their blood does spill


The mist rises like cannon smoke

Ghostly screams of the dying shrill

And with the light that dawn has broke

You can see they stand there still


The long rows of ancient headstones

Great lives carved into monument

A hallowed place filled with young bones

Turning point of the great dissent




19 Responses to “Gettysburg”
  1. beth says:

    so tragic, all

  2. hcmorris77 says:

    there’s a campground near the Gettysburg battlefield that’s supposed to be haunted…haven’t been, as I can’t talk my son into going, but I think it would be neat to experience if it is true

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I have heard that and they also have haunted tours of the battlefields at night that I have heard are definitely creepy. I live close to Gettysburg and have looked over those fields and monuments a hundred times. It never ceases to humble you. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. kristianw84 says:

    You captured the feeling so perfectly. It is as if you can see the battle play out before you. I remember the somber feeling that washed over me, seeing all of those headstones. Perfectly written, my friend.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Kristian! It is quite a site to look out over the battlefields in the early glow of dawn. Haunting and visceral. It sticks with you. Thanks for all the love! ❤

  4. yassy says:

    You took me there, Brad. Epic visuals portrayed well by your skilled hand.

  5. A tragic war beautifully versed by you. Brad you are so talented. You left me breathless.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    hopefully a reminder of the brutal costs of war.

    despite living relatively close, somehow I have never made it to Gettysburg…

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    The tragedy of wars. What do they solve in the long run, considering that racism is rampant?

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