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You marched into the starry night,
prepared for war beneath the moon.
You always fought for what you believed to be right,
knowing death could come to you soon.

Morning arrives and brings the sun,
and you are prepared to fire at blue.
You gaze down the barrel of your borrowed gun,
for every shot you take brings freedom closer to you.

Across the field, your brother sees
a Confederate boy behind stone.
But you take aim and fire through the trees,
and now that Union boy is gone.

At the battle's end, one soldier finds another...
a Union boy, shot in the heart...
                    and beside him lays your brother.
The Battle of Gettysburg, PA. July 1-3, 1863.

#45 of the Theme Challenge: "Two Guns"

I love the Civil War, so I thought.... why not? Anyway, based off a Confederate soldier whose brother joined the Union and he found his brother dead on the battlefield.

So sad...
e50000 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
like your poem
enjoy the history of the civil war and esp Gettysburg
hairypackman Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wrote a short story with a similar concept except both brothers die in my story. Well done...
SebastiansSire Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is depressing but was not uncommon in the Civil War Battlefield. Good poem by the way.
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