We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Continental Army General Horatio Gates. by Stuart

Here is a bit about how we got from that ragtag Continental Army overlooking Boston Harbor to where we are now. It’s a saga, that’s never told too often, how this laughing upright nation of freeman, have fielded forces with, in Frederick Douglass’ words, with the eagle on their button, and the musket on their shoulder, always in defense of Freedom and Liberty.

You see when the Declaration of Indepenence was issued, there were troops (militia, really) called the Continental Army bottling up the British in Boston with some artillery captured at Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen in the name of the “Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress” and hauled to Boston with great difficulty. The army could barely move or fight because of the lack of training but they hung in there.

Later that year, the British invaded New York with the largest British Armada before the invasion of Europe in 1944. We lost that battle too, but kept on keepin’ on.

General Gates in the south had a strategy a few years later best described (by Daniel Morgan “The Old Wagoner”. I think) as “we fight, get beat, retreat, and do it again. That pretty much sums up how we held on till the French showed up.

Even then we shouldn’t forget those huts in the snow where the barefoot, starving, freezing army lived at Valley Forge. Nor should we forget that the Continental Army paraded naked through Philadelphia on their way to Yorktown. And we think we have it bad?

But you don’t want to read 4000 words of military history on the 4th of July, after all there’s hot dogs to eat and beer to drink. So here’s a summary from Bill Whittle.

We’ve really come a long way even in the last 70 or so years. I doubt that anybody realizes what our military (descended from that rag-tag bunch) could really do, if we let them fight a war in the fashion of World War II, and I’d bet money I couldn’t afford to lose, that no one would try it a second time.

 

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

President Kennedy said it but that’s not a politician’s promise. That’s the record and promise of the American People.

If you wish us ill, you would be well advised to remember that we are also allied to most of the best warriors in the world, we learned well enough from them to beat them.

But, you know the toughest war we’ve ever been in was the one we fought with ourselves 150 years ago, today marks the beginning of the end of that one too, as Gettysburg ended today and tomorrow Vicksburg surrendered.

Eagles are patient birds but, they have a limit and a very, very long reach. When US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked recently, ” What keeps you awake at night?” He could answer, “Nothing. I keep other people awake at night,”

And so, back in 1908 an Irishman was our flagbearer at the opening parade of the 1908 London Olympics and started one of our most cherished traditions.

“This flag dips to no earthly King or Potentate”

and it hasn’t.

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14 Responses to We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

  1. the unit says:

    That must be when George Washington said, “We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.” Then when, as you said, “the French showed up.” 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, late as usual, but they did good service, also as usual. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah, but Washington was thinking…”And we bought those surplus French muskets, never fired, only dropped once.” I’m being playfully facetious, …as usual. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I know, and Washington wasn’t given to look gift horses (or French muskets) in the mouth, I suspect. When you’re broke, you’re broke.

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        • the unit says:

          BTW, have you noticed MarkAmerica is back writing. Think Charlie Gard inspired him.

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        • NEO says:

          I have, good as ever. Could be, sure got my attention. Also was it you that like Jessica Chasmer, she’s written a couple and has a new site. Check it out 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          No, she’s new to me. I think though I did ask you about one who disappeared, also cute as a button too, I liked when I first came here. I think you had read her. Been so long though that her name escapes me now. Blog title too, it was American something. May come back to me later. She announced she was taking a short weekend break the end of April, ’12 and never reappeared. From a military family and wore red, white, and blue flag cap.
          I found Chasmar’s site. I’ll read a bit. I think it’ll be ‘one for the money, two for the show, three to make ready and four to go!’ 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          OK, Yeah Jessica more or less disappeared about the same time, simply couldn’t remember, liked them both. Yeah, I forgotten too, so many come and then disappear. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          That’s true. Even I had a cartoon website in the last years of Slick Willie’s second term. I was always afraid I’d be “disappeared!” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I know that feeling! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I remembered! Thank goodness not while sleeping @ 2am as things usually do. 🙂
          https://www.blogger.com/profile/00699022301919864656

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that be the one! Wish she’d come back. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Even found where I asked you about her. 🙂
          https://nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/268-words/

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        • NEO says:

          Above and beyond, that! 🙂

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