28 December 2011

War Horses - Flecked With Blood Drops


Steven Spielberg's latest film, War Horse, is getting lots of rave reviews. From the trailer and the reviews, it does look to be the kind of film that I'd enjoy. I'll watch it when it comes out on DVD. But I was reminded of a documentary Ron Maxwell did about the horses of Gettysburg a while back. Here's a clip:




"There hangs a sabre, and there a rein,
With a rusty buckle and green curb chain;
A pair of spurs on the old gray wall,
And a moldy saddle—well, that is all.

"Come out to the stable—it is not far;
The moss-grown door is hanging ajar.
Look within! There's an empty stall,
Where once stood a charger, and that is all.

"The good black horse came riderless home,
Flecked with blood drops as well as foam;
See yonder hillock where dead leaves fall;
The good black horse dropped dead—that is all.

"All? O, God! it is all I can speak.
Question me not, I am old and weak;
His sabre and his saddle hang on the wall,
And his horse is dead—I have told you all."

~ Francis Alexander Durivage

3 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

Thanks and posted.

13thBama said...

Bedford Forrest's horse, King Phillip, fought the federals, even after the war. They were not the type of animal to carry men to war and to not participate. By wars end he instinctively bit and threw his front feet at federal soldiers.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - Jackson's horse, Little Sorrel, would perk his ears and canter around the parade ground at VMI when the cadets would have artillery drills after the war - even though he was racked w/arthritis. They are amazing animals.