From Drummer Boy to Brigadier General


John Clem: A few months shy of ten years old, John Clem ran away from home to join the Union Army and fight in the American Civil War. Although he started out as a drummer boy, at the point this picture was taken he had served in combat and was already a Sergeant at twelve years old.  He became famous for shooting a Confederate soldier who demanded that he surrender. Years later would retire from the military as a Brigadier General.

John Clem. Library of Congress description: &q...


by J. M. Rose-Troup

What is war?
Ask the young men who fight,
Men who defend the right,
Ask them what is war?
“Honour or death that is war,”
Say the young men.

What is war?
Ask of the women who weep,
Mourning for those who sleep,
Ask them what is war ?
“Sorrow and grief that is war,”
Say the women.

What is war?
By ways beyond our ken,
God tries the souls of men,
Sends retribution just,
Punishing vice and lust,
God’s wrath for sin that is war.

[February 11, 1916]


What is War?

Gassed by John Singer Sargent

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Dec 16, 1773:

In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny. Read more