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"I am too old to run"

Hey guys, I started a new little fun blog/slideshow at Postcards from the Revolution.

Boston, where I live, was a pivotal place in America's first revolution, and everywhere are markers of that historic period. I have a feeling my days here in the Northeast are numbered, and so I wanted to document what have been my stomping grounds for the past 7 years, as much for myself as anything. All of the pictures on the blog are within a short walk or drive from my home. As such, I see them daily, and they have become as much a part of me as anything. When I see these monuments and reminders, I am touched with a profound feeling of what has happened here long before me, and made my way of life possible.

Without further ado, here is a picture I snapped yesterday, and short post I wrote about it this morning:

"I am too old to run"

What happens when you're too old to run? You stand your ground and keep shooting.

The memorial pictured below at 181 Washington Street in Somerville MA, just down the hill from America's First Flag, serves as a reminder of the great courage that built this country:

Jan-5-1

It reads:

ON THIS HILLSIDE
JAMES MILLER, MINUTE MAN
AGED 65
WAS SLAIN BY THE BRITISH
APRIL 19, 1775
. . .
"I AM TOO OLD TO RUN"

This Brief History of Somerville recounts:

...A little beyond, on the side of a hill, James Miller and another Minute Man were firing on the British from behind a stone wall when they were suddenly cut off and fired upon by a flanking party of the enemy. Miller, when urged to escape, made the heroic reply, "I am too old to run," and continued firing at the approaching foe until he fell, pierced by thirteen bullets."

Ironically (or perhaps not), on that hillside today stands a funeral home. Here is the memorial in today's context, January 5, 2013.

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Debbie's picture

"As for leaving Boston . . ." it makes sense Michael. We

look forward to your next adventure!

Debbie

the Daily Paul weight loss program

Try not to focus too much on the weight or at least don't let it get you down if you are making progress in other areas. In the past 9 months I have lost a couple of inches and can run a couple of miles (starting from basically zero) and feel pretty darn good. But, I haven't lost a single pound and I could stand to lose 20 or 30. I can do more and more and I'll be right there with you this year!

Jefferson's picture

"Been

thinking about you." Uh oh..Am I in trouble again? ;)

Your post makes me wonder if today's America is worth fighting for. I sometimes wish I could sell the house and other meager assets and take a boat to the Caribbean somewhere. You and I both know that unfortunately I can't.
If you don't take Jim Rogers' advice and move to Asia, then come to Texas. We'll leave the light on for you. You can help formulate a plan for reclaiming our original Republic and installing Dr. Paul as the Governor. (just kidding feds)
Hope to catch up soon.

Gun confiscation was a major issue leading to the outbreak of

the violent part of the American Revolution:

http://www.davekopel.org/2A/LawRev/american-revolution-again...

Here is how a train of gun control abuses came to a head:

The American War of Independence began on April 19, 1775, when 700 Redcoats under the command of Major John Pitcairn left Boston to seize American arms at Lexington and Concord.

The militia that assembled at the Lexington Green and the Concord Bridge consisted of able-bodied men aged 16 to 60. They supplied their own firearms, although a few poor men had to borrow a gun. Warned by Paul Revere and Samuel Dawes of the British advance, the young women of Lexington assembled cartridges late into the evening of April 18.

At dawn, the British confronted about 200 militiamen at Lexington. “Disperse you Rebels—Damn you, throw down your Arms and disperse!” ordered Major Pitcairn. The Americans were quickly routed.

With a “huzzah” of victory, the Redcoats marched on to Concord, where one of Gage’s spies had told him that the largest Patriot reserve of gunpowder was stored. At Concord’s North Bridge, the town militia met with some of the British force, and after a battle of two or three minutes, drove off the British.

Notwithstanding the setback at the bridge, the Redcoats had sufficient force to search the town for arms and ammunition. But the main powder stores at Concord had been hauled to safety before the Redcoats arrived.

When the British began to withdraw back to Boston, things got much worse for them. Armed Americans were swarming in from nearby towns. They would soon outnumber the British 2:1. Although some of the Americans cohered in militia units, a great many fought on their own, taking sniper positions wherever opportunity presented itself. Only British reinforcements dispatched from Boston saved the British expedition from annihilation—and the fact that the Americans started running out of ammunition and gun powder.

One British officer reported: “These fellows were generally good marksmen, and many of them used long guns made for Duck-Shooting.” On a per-shot basis, the Americans inflicted higher casualties than had the British regulars.

That night, the American militiamen began laying siege to Boston, where General Gage’s standing army was located. At dawn, Boston had been the base from which the King’s army could project force into New England. Now, it was trapped in the city, surrounded by people in arms.

Obama is playing with fire.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

well, I guess I am, too--

then. Too old to run.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

ytc's picture

Wonderful! Thanks for the invitation to stroll around your

historic neighborhood with you. I love your contemplative succinct essays, always leaving us wanting to learn and find out more on the subject.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Glad you like it

I'll have some more. I feel so wealthy to be able to walk around among all this history, and I'm looking forward to being able to share it while I still can :)

He's the man.

.

Inspirational.

goose bumps

Thanks for posting Michael.
Enjoy your Sunday.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

It is a shame

what has happened to the way people from Mass think. All they do is vote for tyranny.

Part of that is because

Part of that is because members of a later large wave of immigration achieved power in Mass and used this power to set up a near-theocracy, with book bans and other religion-based "blue" laws. The bulk of the people who were descended from, or continuing the traditions of, the settlers of revolutionary times moved on.

A lot of them moved (many in groups) to Oregon, where many of their traditions (such as a free press and open carry of firearms) have continued. (Unfortunately, Oregon has been having some similar problems with waves of immigrants from Calaifornia.)

Proper pronunciation of Oregon, by those born and raised there, sounds like "(a knife) or a gun". B-)

= = = =
"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Everything eventually becomes its opposite

Day becomes night; summer becomes winter; the young become old; the rebels become the establishment and liberty slips into tyranny.

Is it a shame? It is what it is. Massachusetts used to be a Republican stronghold, the free North that stood with Lincoln. Texas was once a democratic stronghold, the home of LBJ. It will all swing back. It is the way of the world.

He's the man.

i hope you are

right Michael. Things are looking very grim, buy some silver just in case.

yin and yang

natural law

the stranger's picture

gruesome land Mark

I clicked on through; man, truly a gruesome landmark in Paul Revere’s ride.

"His body was then tarred, and gibbeted (hung in chains) for all to see, including Paul Revere, who came close to passing the decayed corpse, still hanging over the street, 25 years after the crime."

...still hanging over the street, 25 years after the crime. Makes you wonder what was further down the road, heads on stakes?

Michael Nystrom's picture

Yes, and now ...

A Holiday Inn.

I can't get that image out of my mind - old Mark, hanging there in chains. What would a body look like after 25 years, decayed and rotted?

Heads on stakes indeed! I commented on this thread, on how the war on terror can never end, about what dark times we live in now. Dark times those were as well.

He's the man.

I desire not to fight, but for the cause of Liberty I must.

I am to old to run... AWAY, I will run headlong into the ranks of those that stand in the way of my Liberty!

ytc's picture

. . . giving the younger revolutionaries the space & time to

run back for future battles :-) Even old bones are never wasted, when positioned wisely & courageously.

(And I will not begrudge those who are acting differently with their own reasons beyond my comprehension at the time.)