OT: War of 1812

Geoff Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Thu May 27 14:16:21 UTC 2010

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> Subject:      Re: OT: War of 1812
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> On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 09:49:22AM -0400, Amy West wrote:
> > On 5/27/10 12:00 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> >> Date:    Wed, 26 May 2010 21:51:21 -0400
> >> From:    Wilson Gray<hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> >> Subject: OT: War of 1812
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> >> "Natives getting short shrift in_War of 1812 Bicentennial_!"
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> >> Did anyone else besides Geoff Nathan know that Canada*celebrates*
> the
> >> War of 1812?
> For an impressive example of this,

And also see the poignant Stan Rogers song about (probably) General Brock's second in command, who also died at the battle of Queenston Heights, but after Brock died, and who apparently rallied the troops. He just has a small grave marker, as opposed to the Brock Monument:

At Queenston now, the General
on his tower stands alone
And there's lichen on 'MacDonnell'
carved upon that weathered stone
In a corner of the monument to glory you
could claim,
But not one in ten thousand knows
your name.
You brought the field all standing with
your courage and your luck
But unknown to most,
you're lying there beside old General Brock.
So you know what it is to scale the Heights
and fall just short of fame
And have not one in ten
thousand know your name.

Geoffrey S. Nathan (both Canadian and American now)
Faculty Liaison, C&IT
and Associate Professor, Linguistics Program
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