Manuscript poem, 2pp, 7.75 x 10.875 in., entitled "Bill Johnston." Autographed "Simon [?] Barclay." Poem emphasizes the heroic nature of a War of 1812 veteran through an imagined conversation between the veteran, Bill Johnston, and his "General" in which Johnston pleads to go to war for the Union. War of 1812 veteran, reading, in part: "Have you forgotten General the battered soldier cried / The days of eighteen hundred and twelve when I was at your side / Have you forgotten Johnston that fought at Lundy's lane / Tis true I'm old pensioned but I want to fight again...If they should fire on Pickens hit the Colonel in command / Put me upon the rampart with the flag staff in my hand / No odd how hot the cannon smoke or how the shell may fly / I'll hold the stars and stripes aloft and hold them till I die...And when the fight is hottest before the traitors fly / When shell and ball are screeching bursting in the sky / I if any shot should hit me and lay me on my face / My soul would go to Washing and not to Arnold's place."
The Battle of Lundy's Lane, referenced in this poem, took place on July 25, 1814 and was one of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812. American forces attacked British forces in Canada to no avail, as both sides were heavily battered and the conflict ended without any conclusive victor. British forces defended their position atop Lundy's Lane, thus preventing American advancement, but American forces were able to retreat without contest from the exhausted British.
Document with creases (browning and separation at creases), brown spots throughout, a few spots of water damage, and wear including bits of loss and ripping/tearing to edges.
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