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"At Last"

I stepped through cold April
   up the south-eastern slope of
   Little Round Top
Where Oats made his final assaults
   surrounding the 20th until they
   stood back to back upon themselves
Walked up Chamberlain Ave then left
   to find Oat's Boulder
But what stood normally as unmarked
   now held a piece of paper
Held to the boulder by a small rock
   and a ton of gravity


To the memory of LT John A. Oats
and his gallant Comrades who fell here
July 2nd, 1863.  the 15th Ala. Regt.,
over 400 strong reached this spot, but
for lack of support had to retire

And you Col. Oats
   you have finally got your wish
   your boys are remembered
   and loved