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Old 09-29-2016, 13:58   #6
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Rather than a new thread, thought to put an anecdote into this thread-title looking over the first page of fine topics (going back 4 years).

Encountered during a current read of Foote's 3-volume treatise on the "Civil War." (in quotes, as others have different names for it)

Before there was "don't start nothin' won't be nothin'", and before "Nuts" at Bastogne there was this (in 1862):

CSA Col. Kirby Smith's cavalry, ranging far & wide, encounters a Union detachment at Mumfordville KY. After brief contact, Smith suggests to the det commander - a Col. Wilder of Indiana 7th Volunteers - to surrender his garrison, but is rebuffed. Smith then asks Brigadier Gen Chalmers to lend weight of his brigade and, after another attack, Chalmers tries to encourage the Union det to surrender, paying honor to Wilder's "gallant defense" but that he should surrender "to avoid further bloodshed." Wilder's response in a note back to Chalmers:

"Thank you for your compliments. If you wish to avoid further bloodshed keep out of the range of my guns."
"Civil Wars don't start when a few guys hunt down a specific bastard. Civil Wars start when many guys hunt down the nearest bastards."

The coin paid to enforce words on parchment is blood; tyrants will not be stopped with anything less dear. - QP Peregrino
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