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First Line: All honor to the colored soldiers
Last Line: "they're made of the ""proper stuff."
Subject(s): African Americans - Military; Spanish-american War (1898)


All honor to the colored soldiers,
Who fought in the Spanish war!
They have certainly shown to the world
What gallant heroes they are.

'Twas as La Quasima that they
First showed their pluck and grit;
'Twas there 'mid flying shot and shell,
They made the Spaniards "git."

Then again they had a chance to show
Their wondrous fighting skill,
When dauntlessly and bravely
They charged up San Juan Hill.

O, I tell you it was wonderful!
It certainly was grand!
The way our colored soldiers fought
In far-off Cuba-land.

And they never shirked their duty once,
But did it and did it well,
Tho' many brave ones lost their lives
As they daily fought through hell.

I think they're the ideal soldiers,
Tho' a little bit rough and tough;
Yet they've certainly shown to the world
They're made of the "proper stuff."





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