O Pride of the days in prime of the months
  Now trebled in great renown,
When before the ark of our holy cause
        Fell Dagon down-
Dagon foredoomed, who, armed and targed,
Never his impious heart enlarged
Beyond that hour; God walled his power,
And there the last invader charged.

He charged, and in that charge condensed
  His all of hate and all of fire;
He sought to blast us in his scorn,
        And wither us in his ire.
Before him went the shriek of shells-
Aerial screamings, taunts and yells;
Then the three waves in flashed advance
  Surged, but were met, and back they set:
Pride was repelled by sterner pride,
  And Right is a strong-hold yet.

Before our lines it seemed a beach
  Which wild September gales have strown
With havoc on wreck, and dashed therewith
        Pale crews unknown-
Men, arms, and steeds. The evening sun
Died on the face of each lifeless one,
And died along the winding marge of fight
        And searching-parties lone.

Sloped on the hill the mounds were green,
  Our centre held that place of graves,
And some still hold it in their swoon,
  And over these a glory waves.
The warrior-monument, crashed in fight,
Shall soar transfigured in loftier light,
        A meaning ampler bear;
Soldier and priest with hymn and prayer
Have laid the stone, and every bone
        Shall rest in honor there.

--Herman Melville
1993 film rendition of the 1863 Gettysburg Civil War battle directed by Ronald F. Maxwell .. based on the novel, Killer Angels.

Features Tom Berenger as Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, et. al.

A fantastic film (although there are some historical inaccuracies .. which is generally the case with historical movies of this sort being that they have to be altered a bit to work as a cinematic feature) with a wonderful accompanying score composed by Randy Edelman.

The best scene (imho) is Pickett's Charge.

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