American History -Samuel Whittemore – Never Give Up!

American History -Samuel Whittemore – Never Give Up!

A special post for #IndependenceDay: Samuel Whittemore was an American farmer and soldier. He was 78 when he became the oldest-known colonial combatant in the American Revolutionary War. On 19 April 1775, British forces were returning to Boston from the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Whittemore was in his fields when he spotted an approaching British relief brigade sent to assist the retreat. Whittemore loaded his musket and ambushed the British from behind a nearby stone wall, killing one soldier. He then drew his dueling pistols, killed a second grenadier, and mortally wounded a third. By the time Whittemore had fired his third shot, a British detachment had reached his position. Whittemore drew his sword and attacked. He was subsequently shot in the face, bayoneted numerous times, and left for dead in a pool of blood. He was found by colonial forces trying to load his musket to resume the fight. He was taken to Dr. Cotton Tufts of Medford, who thought Whittemore was as good as dead. However, Whittemore recovered and lived another 18 years until dying of natural causes at the age of 98. This monument is located in Arlington, Massachusetts. Info from Wikipedia. Photo Credit: Logan Connor.

Not all heroes wear capes! The lesson here is never give up!
God bless America! Happy Independence Day!

I love America and I love you!
 

Comments

  1. Barry Snow says:

    Love you too Alexis! Keep up the good work dear!

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