(Poem Copyright Faye Gaston,
Photograph Copyright Sam Tumminello - all rights reserved)
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...
12, 1861, The American Civil War begins - Fort Sumter, South
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
In 2000, Ms.
"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,
(On April 9, 1865,
Confederate resistance ended after Lee surrendered to Grant at the
Appomattox Court House, Virginia)