A Poem by Faye Gaston

Photo by Sam Tumminello

(Poem Copyright Faye Gaston, Photograph Copyright Sam Tumminello - all rights reserved)

About the Project

This is a "discovered art" project arranged by Sam Tumminello, the photographer April 2011, for web publication,  with permission of Ms. Faye Gaston, Poet and Mr. Malcolm Thomas, the Civil War re-enactor.

An interesting chronology...

April 12, 1861, The American Civil War begins - Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

October 1993, the photograph of young Mr. Thomas was made at a re-enactment staged at East Clinton School.  At the time of this web publication, Mr. Thomas  is beginning to do more re-enactment work to interest his son in the history.

In 1998, Ms. Gaston wrote the poem when she was presented the photograph as part of an Huntsville Photographic Society project to use photography to inspire poetry.

In 2000, Ms. Gaston's poem "He's Twenty, Going On Forty",  was a National Award Winner, and published in the book,  Grandmother Earth VII:  2001; featuring award-winning poetry and prose from the  2000 Grandmother Earth National Writing Contest and, featuring Life Press Writers and edited by Patricia Smith and Frances Brinkley Cowden.  -- Grandmother Earth Creations, Memphis, Tennessee.

(On April 9, 1865, Confederate resistance ended after Lee surrendered to Grant at the Appomattox Court House, Virginia)



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