Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dating the Battle at Brown Marsh--Does Anyone Care But Me?

Historians have said very late September or very early October.  Here is a witness, more than half a century later:

     John Sarrett W312: “eight days subsequent to which time [the day of the battle at Livingston’s Bridge] declarent was engaged in the battle of brown marsh, at a place called Baldwin’s plantation; during which engagement declarent lost his horse—this engagement was against the tories and some British also—in which we were defeated owing entirely, as declarant is of opinion, to the bad management of Gen Butler the commanding officer.” 

If the battle at Livingston's Bridge was on September 23, 1781 and the battle at Brown Marsh was 8 days later, that would be 
24 25 26 27 28 29 30---
October 1, 1781 for the date of the battle at Brown Marsh?
Does it matter? Come on, we want to know.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

General John Butler and the Level of his Incompetence--Would Never Happen in Academia

After looking day by day at General Butler's incompetence and actual cowardice in 1780 and 1781 and 1782 I began casting my mind back to see if I could remember anyone in the academic world who got promotions regularly despite his or her obvious incompetence and lived to retire to general approval. I can't think of a single one. How superior the academic world is to the military! Now, where did I put the sheet I printed out from Caruthers on Butler? I had it a minute ago.

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