There are several interesting bits in this article that I thought of particular interest.
posted on 03/22/2013 10:41:47 AM PDT
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posted on 03/22/2013 10:44:54 AM PDT
(Democrats lie because they must.)
I often wonder if any of these revolutionary soldiers would have fought, suffered and died if they knew what America would turn into...
posted on 03/22/2013 10:53:09 AM PDT
(My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
Now THAT was well worth reading!
posted on 03/22/2013 10:54:55 AM PDT
by Old Sarge
(We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
Lived to see Civil War I.
posted on 03/22/2013 10:55:55 AM PDT
by E. Pluribus Unum
("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
We have at least one Revolutionary War vet buried near here, which is remarkable when you think that this part of Wisconsin was not settled until 1830-1840.
Nice story. Thanks for posting.
When he passed away in 1868, Gray was 104 and the war was more than 80 years behind him...
Just think of all he saw in his life. Amazing.
posted on 03/22/2013 10:57:43 AM PDT
When 16-year-old Gray joined the war around 1791
Perhaps 1781 because in 1791 he would have missed it by 7 years. Died in 1868 at age 104 means he was born circa 1764 and would be age 16 in 1780.
posted on 03/22/2013 11:02:37 AM PDT
(If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
Most of the common soldiers who served for years in the revolution ended up not even being paid what they were promised. They had to walk home after the war ended.
They suffered and died for nothing more than the right to live in a free nation.
posted on 03/22/2013 11:36:14 AM PDT
So he must have been, what, 250 years old?
posted on 03/22/2013 12:50:07 PM PDT
As opposed to all of the fascinating Revolutionary War stories of Freeper ancestors, my great-grandfather knocked up a babe in England and beat feet to the wilds of Michigan. Brave men run in my family.
posted on 03/22/2013 1:25:27 PM PDT
("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
This is why there should be editors.
“If he was the last surviving soldier, why did they bury him alive?”
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Speaking of "Living History," here's related tidbit that truly amazes me. The father of the living grandchildren of President Tyler could have known Mr. Gray.
posted on 03/22/2013 9:32:28 PM PDT
(Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
Great thread. I really appreciate it.
I have forebears who were veterans of the Revolution, some buried in KY, and MO, and IL, and as far west as Iowa and Nebraska.
It’s amazing that one man could have known Washington, fought in the Revolution, and lived three years beyond the Civil War. Astounding.
And the fact that he moved far out onto the frontier just so he could vote is remarkable.
posted on 03/23/2013 8:16:55 AM PDT
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