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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Capture of Burgoyne
 
          The following curious account of the overthrow of Burgoyne at Saratoga, on the 17th of October, 1777, was probably written soon after that memorable event.

      HERE followeth the direful fate
  
      Of Burgoyne and his army great,  
      Who so proudly did display  
      The terrors of despotic sway.  
      His power and pride and many threats          5
      Have been brought low by fortunate Gates,  
      To bend to the United States.  
 
British prisoners by Convention,  2442
Foreigners—by Contra-vention,  2198
Tories sent across the Lake,  1100        10
Burgoyne and his suite, in state,  12
Sick and wounded, bruised and pounded,  
Ne’er so much before confounded,  528
Prisoners of war before Convention,  400
Deserters come with kind intention,  300        15
They lost at Bennington’s great battle,  
Where Starke’s glorious arms did rattle,  1220
Kill’d in September and October,  600
Ta’en by brave Brown, 1 some drunk, some sober,  413
Slain by high-famed Herkerman, 2          20
On both flanks, on rear and van,  300
Indians, settlers, butchers, drovers,  
Enough to crowd large plains all over,  
And those whom grim Death did prevent  
From fighting against our continent;          25
And also those who stole away,  
Lest they down their arms should lay,  
Abhorring that obnoxious day;  4413
The whole make fourteen thousand men,  
Who may not with us fight again.  14,000        30
 
      This is a pretty just account  
      Of Burgoyne’s legions’ whole amount,  
      Who came across the Northern Lakes  
      To desolate our happy States.  
      Their brass cannons we have got all—          35
      Fifty-six—both great and small;  
      And ten thousand stand of arms,  
      To prevent all future harms;  
      Stores and implements complete,  
      Of workmanship exceeding neat;          40
      Covered wagons in great plenty,  
      And proper harness, no way scanty.  
      Among our prisoners there are  
      Six generals of fame most rare;  
      Six members of their Parliament—          45
      Reluctantly they seem content;  
      Three British lords, and Lord Belcarras,  
      Who came, our country free to harass.  
      Two baronets of high extraction  
      Were sorely wounded in the action.          50
 
Note 1. Col. John Brown, of Mass. [back]
Note 2. Gen. Herkimer, of New York (probably). [back]
 
 
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