An infamous day

On this day, the clash between a vainglorious but gifted military leader and peoples trying to stem the encroachment of another culture on their ancestral ways occurred.  For sometime the American government had been watching with suspicion the...

"What is past is prologue"

"Whereof what's past is prologue; what to come, in yours and my discharge."  This quote from Act 2 scene 1 of Shakespeare's The Tempest explains much as to our present confusion about why certain people and countries are acting and responding in ways...

Against the Odds

    In this year 1776, the fortunes of war had not been kind to the Continental Army and the militias.  They had suffered defeat after defeat, they were under funded, under fed, ill equipt and very ill clothed [many men without shoes].  As the year...

The night the soldiers knew best

It was December 24, 1914 and earlier that month the Pope had appealed to the warring sides to declare a Christmas truce but the governments and generals had declined to act on that request.  So the orders had gone out to continue the hostilities.  Yet...