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    ANSWER TO VERSES ADDRESSED TO
  --  ME BY PETER CLAY.   Table of Contents     IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM HUGHES.
  --  MY FRIEND AND CLASS-MATE.

Smith, Effie Waller
Songs of the Months

- SONGS OF THE MONTHS.
- JASPER AT FORT MOULTRIE. -- June 28, 1776.


JASPER AT FORT MOULTRIE.
June 28, 1776.


"I'm only a sergeant!" Jasper said,
"Not fit to go ahead
In the company of officers;
I'm only a sergeant!" he said,

When to him a commission was offered,
Giving lieutenant's rank
For the deed of bravery he had done,--
Not 'mid bayonet's clash and clank,

But 'mid a terrific shower of shot
And shell from the enemy's side;
He leaped o'er the bulwark and back again
And our flag securely tied

To a sponge staff that was lying near,
And hoisted it again
Courageously and bravely
In the self-same place it had been,

Ere from its lofty position,
Shattered by shot and shell,
Over the fort impregnable
Of palmetto logs it fell.
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All honor to you, brave Jasper!
We love and cherish your name
For your act of patriotism
Which was not done for fame;

But just for love of your country,
With patriotism true,
You braved your life for her colors,--
All honor and praise to you!
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    ANSWER TO VERSES ADDRESSED TO
  --  ME BY PETER CLAY.   Table of Contents     IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM HUGHES.
  --  MY FRIEND AND CLASS-MATE.