Fiddlers’ Green

Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead Troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers’ Green.

Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers’ Green.

Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No Trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he’s emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers’ Green.

And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers’ Green.

William Holmes

HOLMES, William; enlisted: January 15, 1836, New York, New York, by Cpt. Wharton; born: Boston, Massachusetts; age: 22 yrs; occupation: butcher; hazel eyes, light hair, light complexion, 5’9”; Company D, 2d Dragoons; died: July 21, 1836; mortally wounded in battle July 19, 1836, Welika Pond, Florida; rank: [none listed, a private].

John A. Hodges

HODGES, John A.; enlisted: January 9, 1836, Baltimore, Maryland, by Cpt. Hawkins; born: Anne Arundel, Maryland; age: 23 yrs; occupation: currier; light blue eyes, light brown hair, light complexion, 5’6”; Company D, 2d Dragoons; died June 10, 1836; mortally wounded in action June 9, 1836 at Micanopy and died June 10, 1836 at Fort Drane; …

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John Hyde

HYDE, John; enlisted: January 1, 1836, Boston, Massachusetts, by Lieut. Wheelock; born: New York, New York; age: 29 yrs; occupation: blacksmith; grey eyes, light hair, dark complexion, 5’6¼”; Company D, 2d Dragoons; died: May 20, 1836; shot by the enemy on the road from Micanopy to Fort Drane, Florida; rank: [not listed, a private]. Might …

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Dade Memorial at St Augustine

The Burial

Photo Credit – By Ebyabe (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Reading From Everglade to Canyon with the Second United States Cavalry, I slowed to read this poem again. It is about the lost troopers of the First Second Seminole War, 1835-1842, but it is timeless and could have been written in …

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Fiddler’s Green

Halfway down the Trail to HellIn a shady meadow green,Are the Souls of all dead troopers campedNear a good old-time canteen,And this eternal resting placeis known as Fiddlers’ Green. Marching past, straight through to Hell,The Infantry are seen,Accompanied by the Engineers,Artillery and Marine,For none but the shades of CavalrymenDismount at Fiddlers’ Green. Though some go …

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