The following was transcribed as found — never typed, only handwritten to this point (image attached for posterity). I have placed his notes in here as well, added as italics, that show where he had considered replacing words. The piece was never completed, but there is enough to see his intent.
Twas my enemy that I sought
Upon the Battlefield that day.
Alas, twas my brother that I fought
He the higher price to pay.
My neighbor from down the road
He too was there that day
And beside my brother he stood,
As our line charged their way.
Face to face, hand to hand
Twenty thousand died
As pride and ego took their stand
And common sense was pushed (stood?) aside.
(last para notation)
God was witness to this tragic event
As Blue fought Gray to the bitter end
He also knows the lives (blood) that were (was) spent
As brother slew brother and friend slew friend.
© 2000, David B. McCurley