Monday, October 20, 2014

Still alive--working on HOPELESS GENERAL and HAPLESS GOVERNOR for the Journal of the American Revolution

Or Fumble and Bumble, General John Butler and Governor Thomas Burke.

Here's a bit of one soldier's recollection of Butler in battle:

In this tour we marched towards Wilmington North Carolina, but before we reached that place we fell in with a party of the British, consisting of about 200 at Brown’s Marsh, and fought a battle with them in the night, in which battle I was wounded by a musket ball, which passed through my left hip. General William [really, John] Butler, Colonels Moore, William Lytle and Robert Mebane were all in this battle, but which of them was at the head of our party I do not know, though I think it was Colonel Mebane. General Butler was there at the beginning of the action, but left us very soon. Some say the General’s horse got scared and ran off with him, but others said the General got scared and ran off with his horse. How the fact was I know not.”
This sort of research is possible because of the work of Will Graves and C. Leon Harris.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

John Grisham Stumbles into the GOTCHA! World

Pity John Grisham, who spoke openly and honestly about how some man he knew clicked from site to site until he found one on 16 year old hookers and CLICKED on it, only to have the fatal knock on the door before very long.

There is a vast array of lurkers out there who do not embody noble virtues in their daily lives but who storm out to denounce anyone who puts a toe out of their self-defined PC fences. Anyone who would flame (and defame) John Grisham for these comments is despicable, but apt to be very powerful in this new world.

A challenge for the self-righteous fanatic: BRING DOWN JOHN GRISHAM.

What a sick bunch of PC lurkers. What a sad world when the fanatics can misinterpret a fine man's meditations on a friend's experience.

Now, I thought that SYCAMORE book could have been cut down by half . . . .

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My #2 article in the great webzine JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The opening paragraph:
When news of Lord Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781 arrived in southeastern North Carolina well into November, the war there did not end. It did not end even after the British evacuated Wilmington on November 18, leaving local Tories without reliable supplies of ammunition. Instead, as William Ryan, a cavalry man under Captain Daniel Gillespie, recalled in his pension application, it got more brutal: “The Tories under Col Fanning and other tory leaders seemed to be driven to despair by the surrender of Cornwallis. They divided themselves into small parties and prowled about the country & sought every opportunity to commit the most cruel and unprovoked murders & so frequent were murders robberies & Arsons committed by them that the Counties of Guilford Randolph & Chatham were in a state of continual alarm throughout the fall and winter of 1781 & the spring & summer of 1782—and the tories did not give up the control until the British wholly evacuated South Carolina.”[1] . . . .

I first published in a historical journal, the New-York Historical Quarterly, in 1964.  What a pleasure to be in a historical webzine!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ann Jefferson in TLS--Being Short of Money Excuses any Behavior!

Ann Jefferson on why Paul de Man wrote Anti-Semitic articles: "Financial necessity was . . . the most likely motive for his contributions to the Belgian daily Le Soir, under its new collaborationist editorship."