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A Civil War Tragedy

None of the many faces of war are pretty as we're seeing right now today. But, too often, the individual tragedies are lost amidst the larger calamities.

This piece was written as an exercise. The challenge: The setting is the deep South in the midst of the American Civil War. A soldier is about to kill an enemy - it's the first time he has ever killed anyone. What does he think? What happens to him psychologically? What does he do?

The enemy approaches on horseback ...our soldier hides behind a tree ... waiting ....

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...steady....steady...

This is for you, Mary...every damned one o'em 'll pay for the bloody disgrace they laid on you.

Now!...

No...not yet...steady....

Just a wee bit closer. Le'me see the whites o'yor eyes, you scum...

Aw, Mary, y'know, I won't never forget your golden smile...

Steady...steady, Nellie, we'll get 'em right soon enough...

Aw, Mary, I know you wondn'ta approved...but, you deserved so much better...

C'mon, c'mon, you varmint...just a little bit closer....

Squeeze...now...slow...slow...

This 'n's for the babe she carried...

<BANG>

An' this un's for her broken heart...

<BANG>

An' this un's for...

<BANG>

 


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