Lee and Liberty at Gettysburg
Light Horse Harry Lee served
under Washington, who won
One generation away,
Harry’s son, Robert E., lost our Civil War.
R.E.’s wife was George’s wife’s
three generations away.
Liberty Augusta, lived—a
teenage girl—in Gettysburg in 1863.
When she wrote her Recollections, the century had changed.
In the course of the Battle, naturally,
Lee astride Traveler, his famous horse,
paused right outside her gate. I’m only
three generations away
in the 21st century,
six from Independence—my
the year it all began, 1776,
—or only four,
if Liberty locked eyes with Lee
that summer’s day in Gettysburg,three generations away.