Day Unexpected

dawn of a day unexpected
filled with clouds of rain
gone are the grays rejected
and the cries of men in pain
who move like wraiths in battle lines against other ghosts in blue
all with faith in their minds that their cause is true
hiding discord’s cost in blows missed and countless bullets spent
still fighting a war lost long ago in the mist of the present

On July 6, 1864, Washington, DC prepared for the expected invasion of Confederate General Jubal Early, who subsequently withdrew after seeing the Federal fortifications.


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