Posted by Lex, on December 22, 2010
Posted by lex, on February 27th, 2012
In our history, courtesy of Navy and USNI:
On March 3, 1814, Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn of the Royal Navy arrived in the Chesapeake Bay aboard HMS Marlborough. Cockburn gained notoriety for his aggressive inland operations as his forces burned private homes, businesses, and mercantile establishments during Admiral Sir John Warren’s Chesapeake Bay campaign between March and September of 1814. His attack on Hampton, Va., was particularly controversial as British forces committed rape and murder while looting and destroying private property. Admiral Warren later blamed the incident on a Canadian infantry unit to avoid prosecution.
The atrocities were not entirely unprovoked: Having been repulsed at Craney Island in their attempts to take or burn USS Constellation and the Gosport shipyard at Portsmouth, VA, a boat carrying 17 members of the “Independent Companies of Foreigners” stranded on shoal water outside Hampton. The helpless soldiers were butchered without quarter.
To their credit, the Canadians have been unfailingly polite ever since.
Posted by Lex, on June 18, 2010
Winston Churchill on the fall of France:
What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”
(H/T to Rand Simberg)
Posted by lex, on December 26th, 2011
I haven’t completely gotten through my Gibbon, so this brief primer on Late Antiquity was a useful read:
It is perhaps something of a truism to compare our own age with the period of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. Funnily enough, when researching my thesis, which had a chapter about Saint Augustine, I read quite a lot about what historians call Late Antiquity…
So, what can we learn from the twilight of the Roman Empire?
We all write books – books of our lives. For those who believe in a Deity, perhaps our book is reviewed for us when it is time.
Virtually all of us leave this world with our books unknown by anyone else. One of the reasons I have enjoyed re-posting so much of Lex’s work, is that he left his book – or I should say, much of his book, for the world to see. He was a man I admired and respected.