From a North Carolina militiaman’s pension declaration:
Not long after & all during said eighteen months service he and others of said Company of Minute Men, captured old Solomon Sparks a celebrated Tory. They employed a Whig from a distant neighborhood and a stranger to said old Tory to decoy him out of his house without his gun under the pretense of being a traveler & inquiring the Road. They succeeded admirably. He fought bravely without arms and considerably injured this Applicant by kicking him. He was sent down the Yadkin in a Canoe. After tied hand and foot on his back he repeatedly hollowed “hurra for King George.”
Watched the premiere last night, and it was pretty good. It didn’t grab me by the lapels and yank me off my feet, but I’ll definitely be tuning in again. I like the fact that it conveys the uncertainties and disruptions the war presented to civilians caught between the two armies. The impact of the armies’ behavior on civilians’ attitudes and allegiance in the Revolution has long been an interest of mine.
My main criticism at this point is probably the portrayal of British officers. The haughty, snotty Redcoat officer is something of a stock character in films about the Rev War. One of the great things about cable drama is the room to develop full, three-dimensional characters. In Game of Thrones, just about everybody wears a gray hat instead of a white or black one. Of course, any show which features American spies as its protagonists is bound to have British officers as bad guys, but it would be nice to see a little more subtlety and complexity in the way they’re depicted. But we’re only one episode in, so we’ll see where things go from here. So far it’s not bad.
I didn’t say it, folks. Gordon Rhea did.
Gordon brought up a popular view of Grant is that he was a slow-moving general who didn’t like to maneuver, would charge wildly and sacrifice huge numbers of men. He said that popular view reminded him of the view of dinosaurs when he was a kid, of a slow, lumbering brontosaurus.…Gordon said that after studying Grant during the Overland Campaign he’s come to think of Grant as the “Velociraptor of the Civil War.” He was a general who could maneuver, who tried to apply thoughtful measures of force and to maneuver to reach a successful conclusion.
Not cutting it, mind you, but doing away with it entirely.
It’s hard to overstate how important the National Endowment for the Humanities is to historical education and preservation in this country. It provides critical help to small museums, historical societies, archives, researchers, and documentary filmmakers.
If you’ve ever visited a history exhibit, used an archive or historical society to research your family background, or watched a historical documentary, there’s a good chance you’ve benefited from NEH support.
And the NEH budget accounts for barely a drop in the ocean of federal expenditures. Cutting it would have very little impact on overall government spending, but would drastically affect those institutions that benefit from it. In short, it’s a terrible idea.
I say again: Russell Kirk defined a conservative as “a person who endeavors to conserve the best in our traditions and our institutions,” and noted that conservatives believe the past to be “a great storehouse of wisdom.” If we can’t spare even a small portion of our public funds for history and culture, then what is it we’re trying to conserve?
Hat tip: John Fea
Well, it’s official. I’m headed back to grad school this fall as a Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee. Time to put my nose to the grindstone and get that terminal degree.
The guy who plays Captain America can claim patriotic ancestors going all the way back to the Revolutionary War, according to Ancestry.com. Morgan Cryer, a South Carolinian whose pension application you can read here, was his fifth great-granduncle.
Hey, maybe Robert Downey, Jr. is descended from John Ericsson.