Wednesday, April 19, 2006

April 19th, 1775.


"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world."


Happy Patriot's Day, y'all.



3 comments:

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Back at ya!! :)

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, if the events transpired in todays Boston, the colonialists whould have to fight the Redcoats by hurling bitchy insults at them.

Old Dog said...

I know you're aware of it, Sis, but perhaps some readers are not: That whole melee at Lexington bridge came about because the Redcoats were on their merry way to seize guns and powder from the embattled farmers. The locals got together and said, "Nope." The rest, as they say, is history.

And history does repeat - - Sixty years later and far to the southwest, another group of settlers became miffed for similar reasons. This time it was the Guadalupe River a bit outside Gonzales, Texas. Mexican Colonel Ugartechea sent 100 soldiers to seize a small cannon from the colonists. The residents gathered up a bunch of scrap metal and a bit o' powder and a homemade flag - - a bedsheet blazoned with bold devices: a five-point star, a cannon tube, and the words, "COME AND TAKE IT."

Hostilities began early on 2 OCT 1835 and ceased when the Mexican force withdrew to Bexar. Casualties were light, but the point was made. Don't mess with our guns.

Best,
Johnny