Thursday, July 18, 2013

Signe Hammer

Lee and Liberty at Gettysburg

Light Horse Harry Lee served
under Washington, who won
our Revolution.
One generation away,
Harry’s son, Robert E., lost our Civil War.
R.E.’s wife was George’s wife’s
three generations away.

My great-grandmother,
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
4X-great-grandfather died
the year it all began, 1776,
—or only four,
if Liberty locked eyes with Lee
that summer’s day in Gettysburg,
three generations away.


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