Posts Tagged ‘history’

Runic spoons are common. I am guessing spoons were hard to come by and were closely guarded. The inscription is my amateur attempt at deciphering it.

RPRNOERTH>perhaps: RPR NOERTH –part of his first name, North either a family name or his origin. (likely not room for entire name)

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Outlaw roots

Robert James and Zerelda Cole married December 28, 1841 at her uncle’s house Stamping Ground, Scott County, Kentucky on the site of Lindsay Station, a pioneer fortification. They are the parents of Frank and Jesse James. Robert James died young. Zerelda also married Ruben Samuel of the Kentucky Bourbon family.

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Real history

Twisting history: The Battle of Dove Creek I learned about in a history book with a letter from a Confederate soldier present during the battle. January 8, 1865, about 500 Texas Confederates attacked a Kickapoo camp during a blizzard. Including women and children, the Kickapoo were outnumbered. Hiding in the snow, the men dragged soldiers off their horses as the women and children beat and stabbed them. The Confederates turned tail and ran for their lives.

            Note the sign listing 2000 Kickapoo. Even today the Mexican Kickapoo number about 500. Even Wikipedia has been doctored with, no one mentioning that most of the Kickapoo were women and children. A book written about 1960 has the only eye-witness account.

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Life in ancient Egypt

This list of worker absences with reasons is from 1200 BC. The good ole days weren’t so good.

Embalming brother, yuck, not nowadays. Stung by scorpion, maybe, sounds painful. Brewing beer, that I can appreciate, the boss likely visited him though nowadays about as good as going to the beach.

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Worst blunder ever

St. Clair’s Defeat (Battle of the Wabash)

Worst American defeat ever. Just before dawn November 4, 1791, 1000 warriors led by Blue Jacket of the Shawnee and Little Turtle of the Miami attacked the 1000-soldier camp of General St. Clair at present-day Fort Recovery, Ohio on the Wabash River. The army failed to patrol the area during the night. Indian sharpshooters killed the cannon crews before they fired. 24 soldiers escaped unharmed—the rest were dead, captured, or wounded. The Indian allies suffered 21 casualties. St. Clair survived but was relieved of command.  

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Conquistadors defeated!

Battle of Chicasa: December 1540, the Desoto Expedition with 400 men wintered in an abandoned Chickasaw village near Columbus, Mississippi. Desoto demanded 200 porters plus women to cook. With armor, guns, horses, Desoto terrorized the southeast. March 4, while still dark, Chickasaw shot flaming arrows into the village, also killing horses and pigs. About 60 Spanish died, the survivors fleeing. Desoto died a few weeks later.

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