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date: 23 February 2020

Battle of the Kegs, The, 

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

James D. Hart

Revolutionary War ballad by Francis Hopkinson, was published in (1778), immediately after the Americans under David Bushnell had prepared certain “infernal machines” that were floated down the Delaware River in the form of kegs, intended to destroy British shipping at Philadelphia. The British opened a furious cannonade upon everything floating on the water. Hopkinson describes in rollicking verse the panic into which the British were thrown and their supposed belief that the kegs were filled with armed rebels.... ...

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