Becky Akers provides a great lesson in boldness during battle in her description of the Seige of Fort Stanwix, August 3, 1777.
“The fort’s 750 defenders under Colonel Peter Gansevoort must have quailed at the 1700 warriors besieging them. Yet Gansevoort replied with the indomitable integrity so popular in the eighteenth century and so scarce today: “Sir:—In answer to your letter of today’s date, I have only to say, that it is my determined resolution, with the forces under my command to defend this fort, at every hazard, to the last extremity, in behalf of the United American States, who have placed me here to defend it against all their enemies. I have the honor to be, Sir, Your most obedient and humble servant, Peter Gansevoort, Col., Commanding Fort Stanwix.”
Meanwhile, 800 American militia were marching to save Stanwix. Leading them was another hero as staunch as Gansevoort. General Nicholas Herkimer’s hatred of tyranny ran in his blood: his grandfather had been a German Protestant who fled to England in the 1720s when Catholic France invaded Germany’s Palatinate. Nor was he alone: so many of these refugees sought sanctuary that the British government shipped them to the New World, specifically to the pine forests of New York. There, in the fascism our century dignifies as a “public-private partnership,” they produced turpentine, tar, masts and other maritime necessities for Britain’s navy. Their employer paid them subsistence wages.
Not surprisingly, the bureaucrats in charge hadn’t done their homework: it was pines in the American South that best suited naval requirements. London shuttered its “enterprise,” abandoning the families it had posted to the northern wilderness. Which was the happiest of outcomes as it left the Palatine Protestants free to cultivate the land—and prosper.
Now one of their grandchildren, General Nicholas Herkimer, led his neighbors in rebellion against the empire that had indentured his family. He sent messengers to the fort; they slipped through a swamp the Redcoats had dismissed as impenetrable to tell Gansevoort that help was on the way. Herkimer directed Gansevoort to attack the enemy from the fort while he struck their rear and to fire a cannon when ready.”
Read the rest, here. Then apply the lessons to your resolve, today.