The Spanish-American War Part 3: Cuba & Puerto Rico
The News To Mother
Columbia Phonograph Co. 4586
Performed by The
Written by Charles
Break The News
to Mother was written by Charles K. Harris in 1891.
It was originally about a fireman. After the tragedy
of the USS Maine explosion in Havana Harbor in
1898, Harris rewrote the song and substituted a soldier
in place of the fireman. Though the song is often presented
as a Civil War song, the popular version of the song
is really a Spanish-American War song.