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During the battle, upon this hill, the village of Charlestown was destroyed. The subjoined lyric, commemorating the event, has been attributed to Joel Barlow. He composed various patriotic songs, many of which are familiar. On entering the army, he wrote, " I do not know, whether I shall do more for the cause in the capacity of chaplain, than I could in that of poet; I have great faith in the influence of songs ; and shall continue, while fulfilling the duties of my appointment, to write one now and then, and to encourage the taste for them which I find in the camp. One good song is worth a dozen addresses or proclamations." 1
THE BURNING OF CHARLESTOWN.
Palmyra's prospect, with her tumbling walls, Huge piles of ruin heap'd on every side,
From each beholder, tears of pity calls, Sad monuments, extending far and wide.