Sewall B. Hagar gave his life at the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, at age 24

Tucked in the woods, by an abandoned rural road, a little old cemetery lies.  About fifty weathered gravestones rise from the wildflower and grass-covered ground.  Nobody visits the place.  After all, the most recent gravestone was placed in the early 1900’s. However, when Memorial Day comes, new flags fly in the graveyard, specifically by the graves of the town’s men who served in various wars.  The town remembers  a veteran  of the War of 1812 but whose name on the headstone has become illegible, Private Enoch Brown  who served with the Massachusetts Regiment during the Revolutionary War, and Sewall B. Hagar, a member of the Company D, 2nd Maine Regiment  who died at 24 years old at the Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and other nameless soldiers buried in the cemetery.

Beneath ancient trees
Heroism in repose
The wind remembers

Pvt. Enoch Brown served with Puttnam’s and Bradfords Massachusetts Regiment during the Revolutionary War

Salute to those who serve/d and to those who gave their lives for the country!!

Veteran of the War of 1812


For DVerse’s Haibun Prompt:  Memorial


14 thoughts on “MEMORIAL

  1. What a fantastic post! This reminds me so much of a very old (and very small) graveyard that was very nearby the house where I grew up. It too was tucked in the woods and rarely visited by anyone. A wonderful post!

    1. Thanks for dropping by and reading. It is a little sad that the cemeteries get abandoned (and those people there forgotten), but somehow, a special kind of serenity and beauty pervading such places makes up for the ‘neglect’, isn’t it? 🙂

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