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We're Almost Home
a Poem of the Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864
 
by Daniel Mallock (February 2018)


The Green Hill, Winslow Homer, 1878

 

Such a sight I never saw and can never expect to see again . . . You could have walked all over the field upon dead bodies without stepping upon the ground . . . It was a wonder that any man escaped alive . . . I never saw anything like that field, and never want to again.Confederate Corps Commander Major General Frank Cheatham in a post war interview.

                                                                                                                 

Cool Springs’ and Franklin’s office blocks
Are lit up at night, waiting
 
Beyond time, troops marched close
And came so close to home
 
Down Winstead Hillstraight lines,
Banners, bayonets, bitter hopes.
 
Rabbits rush ahead into blue
Lines steeled, awed, waiting.
 
Cool winter breeze moves flags,
All dream of home, love, life
 
Night shadows move across Franklin
So calm, grand, almost home;
 
Blue and gray in the night light fire
Turning hot and cold and red;
 
Cannon, sword, lurid shriek,
Guns with sharp shrill flames
 
Last, and first prayers to God to
Mother father somewhere close and
 
Away, far from Franklin’s red fields
Where hare are alive.
 
At the works they die in straight lines,
On the top Adams’ horse
 
Like a monument; at the base
Are the dead.
 
Behind the works children scream,
From their cellars see hell
 
Hear it, smell it, are shattered,
Wounded, haunted forever.
 
They lay for days on Franklin’s
Winter fields close to home;
 
They lie in straight lines in Franklin
Ground, the lost in trenches
 
In Cool Springs’ morning
Old wars and dead heroes;
 
At Franklin dawn is there
in dim light-almost home now
 
Wind moves the barren trees
Like flags on Franklin’s fields.



 


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Daniel Mallock is a historian of the Founding generation and of the Civil War and is the author of Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and a World of Revolution. He is a Contributing Editor at New English Review.
 
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