Blossoms...

... reading history books can sometimes be dry... the tales of battles, blunders, or politics are often boiled down to their essentials.. names, dates, general outcome, etc.. and much is left over for the reader to place between the lines... but today I was reminded of one of the most incredible historical descriptions I've ever read....

... this was all triggered by another storm running though today... as I was straightening myself from the flowerbed, I remembered something that I had long ago forgotten...

... the wind picked up and I heard a peal of thunder.. and as I rounded the corner of the house, a stiff breeze hit one of the dogwood trees and knocked every petal off of every bloom in the same instant.... I stood there watching the hundreds of broken flowers dance horizontally towards me and I remembered Shiloh...

... April of 1862... the Confederates charging, regrouping, and charging again through The Peach Orchard.. hundreds of trees fully in bloom... and Union bullets clipping them from the branches as the Confederates came on... wave after wave against the Union defenses until they finally broke....

... what a surreal moment that must have been.... the dead and dying staring skyward... and fighting men struggling forward as the delicate white petals landed all around them... shrapnel, bullets, and the Blooms of Spring....

... you don't often read stuff like that in history books... but when you do, it makes quite an impression....

by Eric on April 20, 2006 | Bullshit (6) | TrackBack (0) | Military Stuff
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Stuck between two worlds...

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on April 20, 2006 06:00 PM

... yes... death and birth....

Bullshitted by Eric on April 20, 2006 06:44 PM

I think this is one of my favorites of all your posts. I get chills every time I read it.

Bullshitted by Tammi on April 21, 2006 07:21 AM

Only you could make the death and destruction of war sound beautiful.

Bullshitted by Libby on April 21, 2006 08:44 AM

A perfect description of the dichotomy of war...

Bullshitted by Richmond on April 21, 2006 12:43 PM

There is no better way to spend a Saturday than bicycling Shiloh.

Bullshitted by Velociman on April 21, 2006 06:15 PM