Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Battle Of Savannah

Historic and picturesque Savannah:

Bombardments continued on the sixth seventh and eighth. By the ninth the allied generals determined to carry the town by assault. Again, an evil fortune dogged their efforts. On the eve of battle, a sergeant deserted to the enemy with a copy of the order of attack, and in ignorance of the country, the attack, which had been planned to come off before daylight, was delayed till the rising sun exposed their position to a forewarned, forearmed enemy.

All that fell within the redoubts were buried by the British, friend and foe alike in one sepulchre. When the ground was cut down in 1837 to fill up a place where the Central Railroad depot stands, many articles of warfare were found mementos of that day when the blood of many nations mingled their streams in the sandy soil of Savannah.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Death Of Wolfe


The Death Of Wolfe On The Plains Of Abraham, Quebec

"Wolfe's first line consisted of 3,111 men. The amount of ground they had to cover only permitted them to be drawn up two deep, the files a yard apart, with forty yards or more between the battalions, surely the thinnest "red line" in the history of the British army." Quote taken from The Plains of Abraham.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fighting On Their Own Terms

From The Plains of Abraham by Brian Connell:

According to the field state on the morning of September 13th, Wolfe had with him, when all the men had reached the top of the cliff, 4,828 combatants of all ranks.

Wolfe relied on one factor to tip the balance of the day--his men were all regulars, including the two battalions of the Royal Americans, who had been drilled up to his exacting standards. For the first time in the course of the war in North America they were in a position to fight on their own terms--in the open field, where their superb, mechanical discipline and massed fire power would tell to the utmost.

The area in between (Buttes a Neveu ridge and Quebec), mostly green pasture with a few cornfields, studded here and there with clumps of bushes derived its name from Abraham Martin, a pilot who had owned part of the land in the early years of the colony, and was called the Plains of Abraham.

The pictures below (of French-Indian era reenactors) were originally published here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bondy Family Of Detroit

Included in the Legends of Le Détroit was a descendant of Thomas Douaire de Bondy, Joseph Bondy, who married Josette Gamelin.  Joseph and Josette are my grandkids' ancestors.