War Poems

March 16, 2011 - 5 Comments

by Jim Barnes


We received the following poems from Diane Watson, whom the Donegans met at the U.S. Christian Commission Chapel service in Gettysburg a few weeks ago.

Anywhere Close

I’m wearing Blue, my Brother’s in Gray

He left when the conflict arose

I love the Union, he disagrees

We’ll talk when he’s anywhere close.


Saw him at Fredericksburg, just got a glimpse

My hand on the trigger – it froze

I’ll tell him what happened that day way back then

Some day, if he’s anywhere close.


Just got a letter from Mother this week

She’s healthy and well as it goes

I want my Brother to read of her love

Some day, if he’s anywhere close.


Heard that his unit is heading up north

I just can’t consider them foes

We’re going to follow and maybe we’ll meet

Up there, if he’s anywhere close.


Campfires burning – a hot, humid night

On this beautiful ground Buford chose

A familiar voice hollers, “Hey Brother, you there

Are you there, are you anywhere close?”

From “Strike the Tents’@

by Diane E. Watson

A Tribute

(To WWII Veterans)

From someone who was not around

To those of you who were

World War II would change your life

And make mine safe and sure


To those of you who made it home

To those you left behind

The reasons for your sacrifice

Are always on my mind


The plane you flew, the ship you sailed

The ground you marched across

The freezing snow, the burning sun

The friends you loved and lost


Freedom’s worth the sacrifice

Each day I “thank you” Vets

You who won the victory

I never will forget

Diane Watson


Poems by permission of the author


Comments (5)

Bill Donegan

March 28th, 2011 at 4:19 am    

Thanks Jim for posting those poems.

On December 3, 2010 the U.S. Christian Commission Civil War Chapel was burned to the ground by arson. They need your help to rebuild.

Next time you are in Gettysburg, stop by the Christian Comission. They worship every Sunday 10:30 am now at the oldest church in town, The Grand Army of the Republic building HQ it is just off Baltimore street downtown. Easy to find it.

The US Christian Commission mailing address: PO Box 4037, Gettysburg, PA 17325. if youd like to make a donation to rebuild the chapel.

God Bless,

Bill Donegan

bill Donegan

March 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm    

Here is the actual address for the Civil War period church service location:

GAR Hall
53 E. Middle Street
Gettysburg, Pa 17325

717 339-0339


Diane E. Watson

May 21st, 2011 at 7:05 pm    

I am the author of the two war poems. I hope you are enjoying them. Consider them dedicated to CW Reenactors and all American Vets.
Thank you,
Diane Watson

Jim Barnes

May 22nd, 2011 at 5:17 pm    

Thank you for the poems. They are quite wonderfjul.


March 12th, 2012 at 3:39 pm    


My husband has done Reenacting and Living History for WWII. He was a British Paratrooper. In 2008 he had a 5 bypass surgery and because of complicaions is partially blind and other disabilities. We used to belong to the NMHA in Atlanta area. Do they still have a group or is there one here in Georgia? Thanks and have a great day.

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