By Mara L. Pratt
Stories of innovative occasions, together with the motives of the yankee Revolution, the bold exploits of these protecting liberty, the early battles, the struggles of the military, and the heroes who led the colonists to victory. appropriate for a while eight and up.
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Ask it—ye who will. "In the God of battles trust! Die we may—and die we must; But, oh, where can dust to dust Be consigned so well, As where heaven its dews shall shed, On the martyred patriot's bed, And the rocks shall raise their head. " Throughout the battle, Warren was in the thickest of the fight; and at the end, when the British had gained the redoubt, he was one of the last to give up the struggle. He was rallying the few remaining colonists, when a British officer who knew him, and knew what a power he was among his countrymen, singled him out and shot him.
Don't you think those great, strong soldiers must have had very mean hearts to go to work to plague little boys in that manner? I am inclined to think these boys were pretty angry when they learned who had done this cowardly act, and very likely they scolded furiously about it. Again and again the soldiers did the same thing. At last, one day when the boys were building a fort, some of these soldiers came idling along and knocked down the fort with their guns. The boys, now angry through and through, determined no longer to bear this mean treatment.
This was answered by a fierce volley from the British, and when the army passed on, they left eight brave farmer-soldiers dead upon the green. Then, on the troops marched straight to Concord, their band playing Yankee Doodle—a song which had been composed by them to deride the colonists. " Now, as it happens that "Chevy Chase," was an old song of a battle in which this very Lord Percy's ancestors had figured, and had been defeated, you can imagine the young officer didn't enjoy the boy's joke very well; especially when some of his fellow-officers, who could appreciate a good joke even if they couldn't appreciate the courage of the colonists, joined in the laugh against him.
American History Stories, Volume II by Mara L. Pratt