If you follow my blog, then you know I’ve mentioned the author Kenneth Postalwait before. It’s cool that he’s dedicated his creativity to writing Civil War poetry books:
Red Hawk–A Civil War Journal–Battle of Gettysburg (Excerpts from Book III)
This book covers all the different aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg. You can’t sit through a History class without hearing about this popular battle in the Civil War. Everything rhymes, so the pacing has a nice rhythm.
I have to give a shout out to the illustrator Daniel Paul Murphy. His sketches of nature and buildings really brought Kenneth’s poems and psalms (Book of Revelation and Gospel of John) to life.
My favorite part of the book was the cliff notes at the bottom of the page. They were used to give a brief History lesson, whether about a certain individual, Civil War term, or place.
Here’s two verses that really caught my attention:
Gittin all we wanted–blues fed it to us–stuffed it down
Mad retreat two blue corps sudden up the ridge scan’t hold the cemetery crown
Piled the dead to stall us thru, ends the day each rebel rues
Shreds and basements searched for fugitives an all for them gosh durn shoes.
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Gathered to count all the killing
All equal all now in God’s Grace
Reluctants and those who went willing
And those we must leave in this place
Forever Remember their story!
The Thousands and Thousands who’ve died
Whether here to taste unsavored Glory
Or fallen upholding States’ Pride.
Red Hawk–A Civil War Journal–Book III Born Again Rebel
This lovely written book also contained poems and psalms that rhymed. Some instances covered Valentine’s Day of 1963. I couldn’t even imagine.
This book had poems on:
- Battle of Chancellorsville
- Great Sugar Raid
- Battle of Gettysburg
And, the psalms included:
- Book of Luke
- Gospel of John
- Book of 2 Timothy
- Book of Revelation
- Book of Colossians
If you’re intrigued by history or facts on the Civil War, please consider checking out Kenneth Postalwait’s books, especially if you have children or nieces and nephews.
P.S. Kenneth, the next time you stop by The Journal and say hi to Sarah, I’m literally across the lobby at the other desk :)