A handwritten copy of the text of a 19th-century ballad, consisting of twenty-one verses, concerning an acrtual event in the War of 1812. Although untitled, other sources variously entitled it as "Kingston Volunteers", "Ballad of James Bird", and "Bird's Farewell." The ballad relates the story of James Bird, who enlisted in the marines and served under Commodore Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie where he distinguished himself. Unfortunately, he later deserted his regiment and was captured, sentenced, and executed in 1814.
Comprising of sketches of the campaigns of Generals Hull and Harrison, a minute and interesting account of the naval conflict on Lake Erie, military anecdotes, abuses in the army, a plan of a military settlement, a view of the lake coast from Sandusky to Detroit, etc.