Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg


Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg

(An Octogram)


Forced march, until the cry was heard,

The Rebel yell.

Piercing howl, July one to third,

It came from Hell!

Up to top Cemetery Hill

Pickett charged to break our will,

Awful sound, that broke the spell,

The Rebel yell.

Minnesota’s First, bayonets,

Charged out as well.

Bravely risked lives, without regrets,

As many fell.

This heroic move helped to save,

Some reinforcement Generals crave,

To silence Southern sound, dispel,

The Rebel yell.


Author Notes

The battle of Gettysburg raged for 3 days, July 1 – 3, 1863. Considered to be the turning point of the American Civil War. Pickett’s Charge occurred on July 2 to take the heights at Cemetery Hill. The Minnesota 1st, Infantry Regiment held off the rebel charge with a suicidal counter attack with fixed bayonets against the entire Confederate Brigade, and a much smaller Regiment force, that day. This allowed Meade to position reinforcements, that saved the day. There is a statue on the battlefield commemorating the heroics of the Minnesota 1st.

This poem is an Octogram. .The Octogram is a style of poetry invented by Fanstorian Sally Yocom (S.Yocom). It consists of two stanzas of eight lines each, with a very specific syllable count and rhyme scheme. Syllable count is 84848884, repeat on second stanza.

Rhyme scheme: aBabccbB ababddbB, where B repeats same text. No more than 16 lines.

The tempo is tetrameter on the 8 count line, and dimeter on the 4 count line, but not iambic.

The artwork is from Yahoo Images

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