Smith, Effie Waller
Songs of the Months
[During the charge up San Juan Hill the Sixth Sixteenth and Seventy-first became somewhat mixed up, until the Seventy-first took up the song, "Yankee Doodle," which gave the soldiers new life. They dashed up the hill through a blinding shower of shot and shell, singing this old national refrain till the coveted block-house was theirs.--History of Spanish-American War.]
They were singing "Yankee Doodle"
In the very mouth of hell,
Where bullets whizzed and cannons belched
Their deadly fire of shell.
They sang it with the ardor
That General Gates' brave men
Sang it to Burgoyne's army
At Saratoga, when
Burgoyne's men--well trained regulars--
Had had enough of fight
And mixing-up with Yankees
On Saratoga Height.
They sang it while their comrades fell,
And while their comrades' blood
O'er San Juan's sloping sunlit hill
Flowed down, a crimson flood.
They sang it, still they sang it
Until the height they attained;
Till they took the guarded block-house,
And the victory was gained.