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Civil War

It was a sight that is seldom seen . . . to gaze upon the dead bodies of the enemy and hear the cries for assistance and water. It was enough to break the heart of the most hardened.
Jeremiah Tate, 5th Alabama Infantry.
©2014 by Jon Gutmacher
On the battlefield they lay
not to see another day
limbs all shot
some torn away
it was too much for
mortal man

Their cries were heard from all around
their cries for help
no help was found
if this is war
then all men be damned
for it was far too much
to bear

“Please water, water!”
Their thirst so deep
as blood was lost
their thirst did peek
it tore my heart
it tore my soul
but there was nothing
I could do

And then one man could take no more
he stood up tall, canteen in store
and went upon the field of death
and gave them water
he did his best

And no one shot that man of faith
for he stood alone in God’s Great Grace
and brought them water
far and wide
so some could live
while others died

I’ll ne’er forget that bloody day
the lines of battle
now far away
how brave and true
t’was every man
in the war
between the States

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