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  Corporal Ed Lincoln, 23rd New York
by Alan Cook
Monday, August 08, 2011
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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My great grandfather, Lansing Edgar Lincoln (1842-1916), fought in the Civil War. Also see my adventure story, "Antietam Adventure."


"I was with the 23rd New York at South Mountain and Antietam." —Ed Lincoln

 
Was it a moment's madness, caused by acts
of rebels firing on their country's flag?
The Union had to be preserved! The facts
are that three brothers left their plow and drag
to sign up with the 23rd New York.
Farm tough as nails, they shared their family name
with their President, and went from carving pork
to carving up the enemy, a game
both fraught with peril and a grand adventure.
The youngest, Ed, in 1861
was just 18 when he gave his indenture,
then spent two years of terror, hardship, fun,
at war with men who were a lot like him.
He survived the bloodiest day in our history*
without a scratch. A leader, full of vim
and vinegar, among the brothers he
was first promoted. When the campfires soared
and songs instead of bullets rent the air,
could his imagination see the horde
of his descendants who would come, a pair
of West Point army generals included?
He did not escape unscathed; one quiet day
when stillness reigned a minie ball intruded
on the peace, and soon Ed's buddy lay
upon the ground, his body pierced, quite dead.
The ball, now almost spent, still had some harm
in mind; it penetrated the skin of Ed
and for 50 years it resided in his arm.
 
*Antietam, September 17, 1862; over 22,000
Americans killed or wounded.

 


Alan Cook, Mystery and walking writer


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Reviewed by Michelle Mead 8/8/2011
How cool to know of your family's history like this. You must be very proud. I enjoyed this story you shared in this poem.

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Hit that Blot: A Carol Golden Novel

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Pictureland: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

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Dancing with Bulls: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

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Forget to Remember: A Carol Golden Novel

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Relatively Dead: A Carol Golden Novel

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Dangerous Wind: A Carol Golden Novel

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Aces and Knaves

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