Fallen Comrade

Fallen Comrade


This is my tribute to all those who have sacrificed, served and given their all to protect what they believe in.

The riderless Bay horse is Comanche, the 7th Cavalry's only "official" survivor of Custer's battalion at the Little Bighorn Comanche was Captain Myles Keogh's horse, Keogh was an Irish Soldier of Fortune who commanded "I" Company of the 7th Cavalry. He died fighting, surrounded by his company sergeants down the slope from Custer Hill at the Little Bighorn. Comanche became the mascot of the 7th Cavalry, after he was rescued and nursed back to health. After Comanche died he was preserved and mounted and is still on display at the University of Kansas.

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry's shot alarms!

Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon's sudden roar,
Or the drum's redoubling beat.

But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.

All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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