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Even though I know how it turned out

Even though I know how it turned out my heart races.

When the British fleet arrived in New York harbor, in July of 1776 there were so many of them that it took 6 weeks to disembark them all. (Jolly boats anyone?)

The Battle of Brooklyn, (just near where I used to live, by Greenwood Cemetery,) begain with 20,000 British climbing the hill.Washington had 12,000. He lost a quarter of them by nightfall. Had he not left with them that night for the Jersey side, it would have all been over.

Hamilton stood on the hieights with his cannon and wept. I cannot now remember weather it was Knox or Greene who stood with him and cried too. They were 22 or 23, if that. The city had been evacuated by its residents, soon the defenders would leave. Soon it would be on fire.

I keep fiddling around in my head with the fictional applications of all this. The 'Old Men' in Archie and Horatio's world are almost the right age to to have been there as young men or mids. Someday I would like to write about the prison hulk Jersey.(Not that I would put any decent or humane person in charge there.What happens with places like that, is that all the people with human compassion leave. They cannot stop it, and they cannot bear to look. That leaves the sadists in charge, and the incompetants. Always those, and they are more numerous than the sadists.) The horrors there would have been familier to Archie.

I am watching this with a pen and paper by my side, Not sure my notes would make sense to anyone else. But they are a list of things suggested by things, things to follow up on.


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Jan. 9th, 2015 11:37 am (UTC)
That connection, of the old men maybe telling stories to the bright eyed youngsters like H and A, is fascinating. My grandmother was 18 when Queen Victoria died; it doesn't take many late reproducing generations to go back a long way.
Jan. 10th, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
True enough = my grandfather was born just 10 years or so after George Cadogan,last of the Indy mids of 1797 died. At once a long time ago and at the same time hardly any time at all.
Jan. 10th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
How cool if your great granddad had known him!
Jan. 9th, 2015 01:53 pm (UTC)
I like hearing about your mix of real life, history and writing.
Jan. 10th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
My knowledge for American history from this period is woeful. Pretty much all I know, I've gleaned from reading biographies of Pellew. I do have a book about the prison ship Jersey here, though I haven't read it yet. Perhaps I should put that next on my list.

That leaves the sadists in charge, and the incompetents. Always those, and they are more numerous than the sadists.) The horrors there would have been familiar to Archie.
I think you're right. Prison guards seem to be the same from time immemorial. Sadly the horrors would have been all too familiar with Archie.
Jan. 10th, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
I am the same - what I know is from learning about Ned- and thinking about it we have not so far found all that much evidence of Ned talking about those early years to anyone though it must have affected him profoundly especially losing his little brother at Saratoga at only 16.
He did however remain on very affectionate terms with Lieutenant Shank(as he was at that time ) with whom he served on Lake Champlain so I am sure in later life some reminiscence went on.
Prison guards in these war and political situations are indeed still the same today evidently.Though I do think that governments and powers that be actually take the decisions and then keep the horrors at a distance leaving both prisoners and guards to be brutalised by the conditions and by actions they prefer not to acknowledge.
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