Monday, April 20, 2015

240 Years Ago

Yesterday was the 240th anniversary of the battle of Lexington and Concord. It used to be a celebrated day, a time to remember the men who stood against all odds and freedom over servitude.

There's one man who took part that day that I want to highlight. Samuel Whittemore. He was 78 years old in 1775. When the battle took place he was out working in his fields. When he saw the retreating British column, however, he armed himself, and then he attacked with a musket and two pistols.

That is correct. 78 years old, alone, with a flintlock musket and 2 flintlock pistols, he chose to fire on a column of British Regulars. Expending his three shots, he drew his sword and attacked.

The British troops, understandably, shot him in the face and bayoneted him 18 times.

He survived the assault, and lived another 18 years, dying at the age of 98.

He is honored as the State Hero of Massachusetts.


6 comments:

burt said...

This has to be one of the last times Massachusetts honored anyone who fired a gun.

Today, Massachusetts would rather take away everyone's weapons and leave their population defenseless.

Thank goodness I live in New Hampshire.

Ratus said...

Beware of the old guys, they'll fuck you up!

ProudHillbilly said...

Wow! Gave me cold chills!

Old NFO said...

Old man, three guns... Three kills. And he lived! Not too shabby!

Will Brown said...

No wonder Massachusetts is such a liberty deprived shit hole today. This explains everything! Having set the bar of civic behavior standards so damn high at the outset, the rest of the state citizenry forever afterward had no where else to go but down by comparison.

Being born and raised in California myself, I know the value of a civic environment based upon the two-legged stool of low expectations and irresponsibility.

.45ACP+P said...

All Appleseeders love Sam. His is a story we love to tell. There are a few others almost as good. Come out to an Appleseed