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Day 2: Hills and Water

The second day of the Gettysburg battle gave us Devil's Den, Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, and the Wheatfield. It is the most visited part of the battlefield today. It was a day of confusion and stalemates and rocks. Nothing I do, say or write can convey this.

Canister and rotten shot Pinged off the rocks holding blood in pools (written in Devil's Den, Summer '97)

What was the 1st Minnesota doing in Pennsylvania? then, what was anyone doing there duty fate maybe fate But after the charge on the 2nd down the hill the colors falling three times to be picked up four the regiment a penisula alone and crazy with war though mostly alone to fall back on duty honor when support finally reared its glorious head But William suffered twice the loneliness first as a soldier would but after the charge alone that night to half sleep over cries of comrades' to live their bloody gargled last breaths to the next morning when he buried his brother by halves separated by a shell and a full measure of devotion each half facing the enemy in life as in death each half ... william buried his brother by halves my God, by halves (written in New Berlin, Winter '98)

The guests of Spangler's Spring on the night of the second fought for their lives over water and killed to drink it to have it years later reduced to stories of canteen exchange and friendly words to enemy strangers But it was cursing and potshots all night killing and dying for water to realize the futility of war and the horrible beauty of life (written in New Berlin, Winter '98)

There are more poems to come in the future...

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