Subject: A So Very Empty Way
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Mon May 31, 1999 at 7:20PM

The Civil War

After four years of brother against brother
A nation, unfairly divided and smothered
Would count up the men on each side lost
Six hundred and twenty thousand lives tossed

Including two hundred and fifty eight thousand greys
Three hundred sixty four thousand blues ... arrayed -
One in every five soldiers fighting for the Union cause
One in every four soldiers died for Confederate sores

And, at the end, it was discovered more died from disease and sickness
Than actually died on the battlefield ... a waste and a wickedness ...
A ratio of four soldiers lost in this so very empty way
To one lost firing one against the other, over the days

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
5:35pm Memorial Day, '99