Friday, March 6, 2015

A Dangerous Old Man

Lord willing, I will be retiring from my “secular” job very soon. As I’ve mentioned before, I intend to keep preaching and “talking a little treason” with my comrades at Free Florida First and via this blog, Truth Crushed to Earth, and my electronic paper, Just for Your Consideration, for as long as the Lord allows.

"Well it's a nice, soft night, so I think I'll go and
join me comrades and talk a little treason." 
-- Michaleen Flynn in The Quiet Man, 1952. 
Indeed, I suspect that circumstances may soon call for actions well beyond talking in the not too distant future and that’s all I have to say about that . . .

In any case, I aspire to be a “Dangerous Old Man” for the rest of my days. Such an occupation has a very long and honorable history.
In Psalm 92 we read: (12) The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (13) Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; (15) To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Yes, to still bring forth fruit in old age is a great gift and blessing from God. I pray that the Lord may be pleased to make it so.
There are almost innumerable examples of dangerous old men, who brought forth fruit in old age. I’ll share just a few that readily come to mind.
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On April 19, 1775, British forces were withdrawing to Boston after their first engagement with Colonial troops. Some of the Brits had the misfortune of passing the fields of the old farmer, Samuel Whittemore, who personally ambushed the Grenadiers of the 47th Regiment of Foot from behind a stone wall. After dispatching three British soldiers with his rifle and two dueling pistols, he drew his sword and attacked. He was shot in the face, bayoneted numerous times, and left for dead in a pool of his own blood. Later he was found by colonial forces, still alive and trying to reload his musket to continue the fight. He did eventually die, some 18 years later, from natural causes at the age of 98.

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"Old Jack" Hinson of Stewart County, Tennessee, made a valiant effort to remain neutral when the war for Southern Independence broke out. But as often proves to be the case, the yankees would not allow him to do so for any length of time. Two of his sons were executed and beheaded, without trial, after falsely being accused of being bushwhackers operating against the Federal forces. Their heads were placed upon the gate-posts of Hinson’s home. In response, Hinson had a Kentucky Long Rifle custom made and began to engage the invading, murdering yankees as a long-range sniper. Before the war was over, he had dispatched as many as 100 of the invaders from distances of up to one-half of a mile (all this with open iron sights). At various times elements of four Union regiments pursued him, yet he was never captured. He survived the war, and lived until 1874.

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And one final example from my home state of Florida
During the final weeks of the War for Southern Independence yankee forces landed at the mouth of the St. Marks River, determined to capture our capital at Tallahassee. The invaders were met by a hastily assembled force from Tallahassee that was composed largely of “a motley militia of old men (some as old as 70) and young boys (as young as 14).” This force repelled three separate major attacks by the invaders at the battle of Natural Bridge and spared Tallahassee from capture, which was the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi not captured to be Union forces.

There is a beautiful little state park at Natural Bridge today, with a monument to our defenders. If you are ever in the neighborhood, I would highly recommend it.

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Deo Vindice!





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