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To: Salamander

At the Battle of Brandywine, British major Patrick Ferguson, leading a group of Redcoat sharpshooters, had an American officer dead in his sights at close range but on an impulse decided not to fire.

When he found later that the American was George Washington himself, Ferguson said, "I could have lodged half a dozen balls in him before he was out of my reach . . . but it was not pleasant to fire at the back of an unoffending individual who was acquitting himself very cooly of his duty - - so I let him live."


9 posted on 02/24/2007 4:18:02 PM PST by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten these.)
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To: Liberty Wins
At the Battle of Kips Bay on Manhattan, which really was more of a route, Washington had to be physically taken out of the path of the advancing British. He wasn't going to move, even as his men fled.

That kind of leading from the front has been extinct for a long time.

14 posted on 02/24/2007 4:41:03 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Liberty Wins
When he found later that the American was George Washington himself, Ferguson said, "I could have lodged half a dozen balls in him before he was out of my reach . . . but it was not pleasant to fire at the back of an unoffending individual who was acquitting himself very cooly of his duty - - so I let him live."

Too bad for Ferguson the Whigs weren't feeling similarly magnaninous at the Battle of King's Mountain a year or two later:)

15 posted on 02/24/2007 4:46:01 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Liberty Wins

There's very little honor like that left in this world.


17 posted on 02/24/2007 5:15:45 PM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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