I saw Old General at Bay. by Walt Whitman
I SAW old General at bay;
(Old as he was, his grey eyes yet shone out in battle like stars;)
His small force was now completely hemmâ€™d in, in his works;
He callâ€™d for volunteers to run the enemyâ€™s linesâ€”a desperate emergency;
I saw a hundred and more step forth from the ranksâ€”but two or three were selected;
I saw them receive their orders asideâ€”they listenâ€™d with careâ€”the adjutant
I saw them depart with cheerfulness, freely risking their lives.