Saturday, December 20, 2014

Biography Of Mark Twain

Mark Twain:

A letter from the Preface:

Hartford, Jan. 16, 1881

"My Dear Boy:

How can I advise another man wisely, out of such a capital as a life filled with mistakes? Advise him how to avoid the like? No for opportunities to make the same mistakes do not happen to any two men. Your own experiences may possibly teach you, but another man's can't. I do not know anything
for a person to do but just peg along, doing the things that offer, and regretting them the next day. It is my way and everybody's.

Truly yours,

S. L. Clemens."

Monday, December 15, 2014

McGillivrays In The South

From Pioneers of the Old Southwest:...:

Lachlan McGillivray was a Highlander. He landed in Charleston in 1735 at the age of sixteen and presently joined a trader's caravan as packhorse boy.

Jim's Photo Of Charleston, SC, Houses
A few years later he married a woman of the Creeks. On many occasions he defeated French and Spanish plots with the Creeks for the extermination of the colonists in Georgia and South Carolina. His action in the final war with the French (1760), when the Indian terror was raging, is typical. News came that four thousand Creek warriors, reinforced by French Choctaws, were about to fall on the southern settlements. At the risk of their lives, McGillivray and another trader named Galphin hurried from Charleston to their trading house on the Georgia frontier. Thither they invited several hundred Creek warriors, feasted and housed them for several days, and finally won them from their purpose.

McGillivray had a brilliant son, Alexander, who about this time became a chief in his mother's nation perhaps on this very occasion, as it was an Indian custom, in making a brotherhood pact, to send a son to dwell in the brother's house. We shall meet that son again as the Chief of the Creeks and the terrible scourge of Georgia and Tennessee in the dark days of the Revolutionary War.

Friday, December 12, 2014

At Mount Independence



Meanwhile, Major General Riedesel, who, with the German division had encamped at Three Mile Point, pushed forward a detachment along the east shore of the lake opposite the fort, as far as East Creek, a stream that flows into Champlain, along the northern base of Mount Independence.

Fort Ticonderoga was situated upon a sharp point of land at the junction of the waters of the two lakes. A somewhat correct idea of its situation perhaps, might be obtained, by describing it as the center of a triangle, of which Mounts Hope, Independence and Defiance are the angles. 

The usual quiet, therefore, was maintained within the fort, until the darkness of the night had hidden them from the eyes of those who rested on the adjacent hills. Then commenced the [American] preparation for retreat. After midnight, the garrison moved silently down the descent to the water side, and unperceived crossed the bridge to Mount Independence.

Just as day was breaking in the cast, the flag of England unfurled its ample folds above the walls of Ticonderoga. Without delay he [British Gen. Simon Fraser] hastened over the bridge to Mount Independence, and, followed by Riedesel and his Brunswickers, pressed eagerly forward in the track of the flying patriots.

An ancestor at Mount Independence:

John Backus's Revolutionary War Pension:

...Ticonderoga has been then but a short time when he was placed in a redout a short distance from the main fort as an artillerist together with others of the same regiment.

During the winter there was much work done in making something like a bridge across a marsh or a part of the lake from the fort to the foot of mount independence... . 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Late Phoenix

A Late Phoenix by Catherine Aird, is an English mystery, "With undertones of war." "And overtones of murder."

The Serving Men poem by Rudyard Kipling was mentioned in the Aird book; I was not familiar with it before reading this novel.  Here's an excerpt and illustration:


Another excerpt included a real person, Doctor Harley Crippen, who was born and raised in the United States though became infamous in England.

"He wouldn't have killed that girl."  "He was a doctor, Inspector."  "He was dedicated to saving life, not wasting it."  "...Sloan didn't argue; though a first-class medical training hadn't stopped those well-remembered doctors Harley Crippen, Buck Ruxton....from doing murder in their day."

A Late Phoenix was described in this blog.