Monday, May 30, 2011

American Memories

This is going to be my first post about American History, patriotic duty, and America's ability to just keep going.

During the beginning of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775 there were many feats of bravery.  I'm going to talk about one of them.  The man was a farmer, he was 80 years old, his name was Samuel Whittemore.

On this day of battle Mr. Whittemore killed 3 British Soldiers by ambush.  He killed one with his musket and the other two he killed with his dueling pistols.  With his firearms discharged he attacked the brigade with a sword.  In this hand to hand combat he was shot in the face, bayoneted thirteen time, beaten and left in the field next to the road to die.   He was later found trying to load his musket to continue to fight.  He was taken to a local doctors and nursed back to health.  He died at the age of 98 of natural causes.

This farmer who knew what it means to live free was willing to fight and die for what he believed in.  At his age he could have watched from the sidelines and no one would have thought any less of him, he was 80 years old after all.  Instead he put his life on the line to give us something for which we should be willing to fight and die. 

God has given us a great nation, He used brave men and women to show us personal responsibility, patriotic duty, and also to show us how to stand our ground when we are fighting for a just cause.

God Bless

By the way here is Samuel Whittemore's memorial marker:

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