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In which it was a battleground

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I live in a spot that it seems there’s no direct way to get to. It’s like a triangle and I live in the middle of one side. Therefore to get to it you can either go right (on Lawndale) and take a left (on Lake Brandt Road) or go left (on Battleground) and take a right (on Lake Brandt Road.)

 

They take about the same amount of time but the grocery store and all that is on Lawndale and Kevin always goes that way. I, however, often like to go the other way and meander through the park.

 

What park? Guilford Battleground National Park! You see, it’s very pretty and green and it always makes me think of history. It’s amazing how much history is all around us and we never notice.

 

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, while small, was actually a VERY important battle for America’s Independence. Here’s why:

 

The battle lasted only ninety minutes. The British were outnumbered more than two to one, yet defeated the American force; however, in doing so they lost over a quarter of their men.

 

The British, by taking ground with their accustomed tenacity when engaged with superior numbers, were tactically victorious. Seeing this as a classic Pyrrhic victory, British Whig Party leader and war critic Charles James Fox echoed Plutarch‘s famous words by saying, “Another such victory would ruin the British Army!”

 

And in fact, the depletion of his forces led to his army’s eventual loss. So you see? I bet some of you live right near battlefields that you never even think of.

 

I remember that I once had a business trip to Vicksburg, Mississippi when I worked for International Paper Company. I was traveling with another person and I told them that after work we were going to check out the battlefield. They couldn’t believe it but I hadn’t ever been there before and my dad was a big history buff. We spent tons of time going to battlefields to check out the history of the US and also the Civil War.

 

So next time you pass a historic site, just check it out. It’s pretty interesting although I don’t go to the reenactments. Although once, Kevin and Daniel and I went out to dinner and it was pouring rain and we discovered the “British” were eating out at the same restaurant we were at instead of getting sopping wet by their campfires (which they were really supposed to be doing). No wonder they won the battle!

 

You’re welcome for the history lesson.

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6 Comments

  1. Ro
    April 10, 2015

    I love historic sites.

    • Lynn
      April 10, 2015

      That’s awesome!!!

  2. Name *
    April 13, 2015

    Awesome

  3. Cindy LaLonde
    April 18, 2015

    Thank God! A woman as weird as me and proud of it. I am nuts about your blog and look forward to having your blogs blowing the cobwebs out of me brain, everyday.
    I would be so honored if you would look at my craziness and be amused by it. I meet very few women that are as wonderfully nutty as you. And, no, I’m not blowing smoke under your kilt!
    The website is http://www.ithinkibloggedmypants.com
    You can tell from the lack of structure in my ‘website’ that I am a computer retard. I love the way yours is set up.

    • Lynn
      April 21, 2015

      I’ll check it out but I don’t really have guest posts anymore

  4. Dasein1216
    May 2, 2015

    In the part of the world where I grew up there is a Civil War battlefield where more Americans died in one day than in any other in US history. They used to take us there when I was in school. I finally went there as an adult all alone on a spring day and was amazed at how unearthly quiet it was- as if nature had conspired with all the men who had died there to keep a memorial to how many suffered and died. It’s a beautiful place, but you have to be respectful.

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