“The Days of Seventy-Six”


"The days of '76, boys, We ever must revere, Our fathers took their muskets then To fight for freedom dear.... Oh 'tis a great delight to march and fight As a Yankee volunteer." Battles of the Revolutionary War are recalled, and potential enemies warned

Historical references

  • Apr 18, 1775 - Battle of Lexington. A British force routs the American Minutemen. The colonials gain some revenge as the Redcoats advance on Concord
  • Dec 25, 1776 - Washington leads his troops across the Delaware to rout the British at Trenton
  • Oct 17, 1777 - Saratoga. British General John Burgoyne, advancing from Canada into New York, is forced to surrender when the British forces in the mid-Atlantic region do not undertake their planned advance
  • Oct 19, 1781 - Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown causes the British to give up hope of reconquering America


  1. Lomax-FSNA 19, "In the Days of '76" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #6666
  3. BI, LoF019


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960
Found in: US