Posted by: Oklahoma Sun | January 24, 2010

The “Grey Horse Troop.”

The “Grey Horse Troop.”
(2d Cavalry)


Robert W. Chambers. With the Band, 1896.

 

  I.
ALL alone on the hillside,—
Larry and Barry and me;
Nothin’ to see but the sky and the plain,
Nothin’ to see but the drivin’ rain,
Nothin’ to see but the painted Sioux,
Galloping, galloping, “Whoop—Whuroo!
The divil in yellow is down in the mud!”
Sez Larry to Barry, “I’m losin’ blood.”

“Cheer for the Greys!” yells Barry;
“Second Dragoons!” groans Larry;
“Hurrah! Hurrah! for Egan’s Grey Troop!
Whoop! ye divils, ye’ve got to whoop;
Cheer for the troopers who die,” sez I—
“Cheer for the troop that never shall die!”

 II.
All alone on the hillside,—
Larry and Barry and me;
Flat on our bellies and pourin’ in lead,—
Seven rounds left and the horses dead;
Barry a-cursin’ at every breath;
Larry beside him as white as death;
Indians galloping, galloping by,
Wheelin’ and squealin’ like hawks in the sky!

“Cheer for the Greys!” yells Barry;
“Second Dragoons!” groans Larry;
“Hurrah! Hurrah! for Egan’s Grey Troop!
Whoop, ye divils—ye’ve got to whoop;
Cheer for the troopers who die,” sez I—
“Cheer for the troop that never shall die!”

III.
All alone on the hillside,—
Larry and Barry and me;
Two of us livin’ and one of us dead:—
Shot in the head, and God!—how he bled!
“Larry’s done up,” sez Barry to me;
“Divvy his cartridges! Quick! Gimme three!”
While nearer and nearer and plainer in view,
Galloped and galloped the murderin’ Sioux.

“Cheer for the Greys!” yells Barry;
“Cheer—” and he falls on Larry.
Alas! Alas! for Egan’s Grey Troop!
The red Sioux hovering, stoop to swoop;
Two out of three lay dead, while I
Cheered for the troop that never shall die.

 IV.
All alone on the hillside,—
Larry and Barry and me;
And I fired and yelled and lost my head,
Cheerin’ the livin’, cheerin’ the dead,
Swingin’ my cap I cheered until
I stumbled and fell. Then over the hill
There floated a trumpeter’s silvery call,
And Egan’s Grey Troop galloped up. That’s all.

Drink to the Greys and Barry!
Second Dragoons—and Larry!
Here’s a bumper to Egan’s Grey Troop!
Let the crape on the guidons droop;
Drink to the troopers who die; while I
Drink to the troop that never shall die.

 

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