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Mary Protects Confederate Col. Reed by Rusty Gentry

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The Cross in the foreground designates the Colonel Reed as being a member of the Confederate Army. He was born in 1846, which would have made him 15 when he went to war, assuming that he signed up at the start of the war. This is rather safe assumption given that South Carolina was the first state to withdraw from the Union and that the war began at when Union Troops fired on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Whatever the case, he would have been little more than a kid whenever he enlisted, as the war ended when he was 19: rather young for a Colonel.
As it turns out, I examined the grave more closely, and Col. Reed, lost an arm at the battle of Hawes Shop on May 28, 1864, 8 days prior to his 19th birthday.

I came rather late to poetry and even later to photography. I have graduate degrees in philosophy. I realized sometime ago that nearly all of my work makes some sort of implicit argument, and it often makes rather esoteric references to philosophy. Sorry: not trying to be turgid. It’s what I know, and it what Pan whispers into my ear.

You may find my newer, more formal photography at: http://rbgphoto-rusty.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Rusty

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  • Misunderstood24
    Misunderstood24over 4 years ago

    Wow.
    Excellent capture.
    So much emotion.
    So much power.
    The story set the tone perfectly.
    Oh, how I would love to go there.
    love and hugs
    Great work.
    Instant favorite!

  • Thanks for the love, Stephen. Finding this place was an absolute accident. I wish that I had my tripod with me. I’m going to have to go back to retake a lot of the shots. Actually, re-read the note above, as I have added some interesting information. Thanks, bro. Cheers, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • sophiaavene
    sophiaaveneover 4 years ago

    Congrats on the sell! Great pic.

    MOM

  • I’m headed back there in the morning with the tripod. The place is beautiful. I’ve always been enchanted by cemeteries. I may try to make to where Dad, Nonnie, Papa, and the others are buried tomorrow, also. I will definitely hit them in downtown Charleston next visit.
    xo,
    me

    – Rusty Gentry

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