PRIVATE SOLDIER UNDER WASHINGTON

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Private soldiering at the beginning of the Revolutionary War was just that; private. How many people in this present generation would know this. Enjoy this week’s REDMOND’S REVIEW.

PRIVATE SOLDIERS UNDER GEORGE WASHINGTON

The Private Soldier Under Washington, Charles K. Bolton, 1902.

As we have just celebrated the anniversary of the birth of the great experiment that is the United States of America, I thought it would be a good time to read and review a wonderful book by Charles K. Bolton that was published in 1902. The book titled “The Private Solider Under Washington,” is a must read for any one who wants to gain insight in a very informative and entertaining way of what is was like to be a solider in the army of Washington himself.

The reader is brought in a very endearing way, into the day to day life of the soldier who marched with, lived with and fought along side George Washington. In this book you learn what pay was like, food was like, and you learn how the troops passed the time. You learn long forgotten nicknames that some of the most famous people of the time of our founding had for each other.

Did you know for example that in one colony the price for a rifle for a soldier may be 3-5 pounds in one state, but in another only 2 pounds? Did you know that the average penalty for theft in camp by a soldier was 39 lashes? And, did you know that Washington was very skeptical of foreign “soldiers for hire” and almost always chose to have local, inexperienced militia that he could train, than worry about the allegiance of a for hire soldier.

JERKING A STONE

This is one of my favorite parts of this book. It was when George Washington himself, showed a group of young soldiers how to skip a stone over water. Imagine the father of our country doing that! Back then it was called “jerking a stone.” This wonderful book is free in the public record.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT, THE HISTORY

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PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT, A HISTORY 1608-1650

Plymouth was settled by Pilgrims arriving from England in 1608. In this week’s rendition of REDMOND’S REVIEW, this book review details some of the history of the time Plymouth settlement.

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William Bradford wrote the “Historie of ye Plymouth Settlement, 1608-1650” and it is free to read in the public domain.

THE HISTORY OF THE PLYMOUTH SETTLEMENT, 1608-1650 AD

As the political narrative, along with the mandated tenured professors indoctrination on the current interpretation of the Pilgrim’s, it morphs and changes with the current times, far from an agenda-driven perspective. Here one reads the compelling writings of William Bradford. These valuable insights and historical writings were thought lost for many years. And, the world is a better place that they were not.

Whatever side of the logical prism you may reside, other forms of information for an accurate historical perspective need to be researched. And, I for one have spent quite a bit of time doing so. This is not the platform to discuss the historical inaccuracies being put forth by many in the educational system today. But, please understand fabrication of facts are alive and well today.

One should not try to do away with a myth by making up a fable. For example, many people point to the fact that William Bradford did not write about a ‘Thanksgiving’ so, they look at that as a cause to show that it did not ever happen. But, when one conducts the research on other writings of the time, you find that maybe William Bradford, and, I stress the word ‘maybe’, did not write about it because giving thanks was quite commonplace.

THANKSGIVING WAS SOMETHING COMMONPLACE

The writings about that Thanksgiving talk of games being played and meals being shared to celebrate a wonderful crop and harvest.

Battles, between diverse groups was commonplace, and so was negotiation, compromise, and the sharing of best practices.

William Bradford’s writings give a detailed accounting of what it was like to move from your birth place to another country. Then, set sail across the vast ocean to a world that you did not understand where an unknown future awaited.

Had the Pilgrims planned to land at Plymouth or was their another location in Virginia where they wanted to go?

Did you know one of the ships the original pilgrims went on had to be sunk?

Do you know the name of the first Pilgrim child to be born in America?

All of this information is free to read in the public domain. Those who want to enrich their scholarly understanding of the pilgrims and their plight at the Plymouth settlement will learn much.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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MARTYRED ARMENIA REDMOND’S REVIEW

REDMOND'S REVIEW covers the historic revelations of a Muslim's accounts in "Martyred Armenia."

MARTYRED ARMENIA

“Martyred Armenia” is the object of this week’s REDMOND’S REVIEW.

This was written in 1916, by Faiz el – Ghusein, a Syrian-born Muslim who was a Turkish official at the time. He wrote of his first-hand accounts of the atrocities perpetrated upon the Armenian people.

This is a short book in the public domain of less than 200 pages. It gives dates, names and specifics to atrocities that were done to eradicate the Armenians. The author himself was thrown in jail by the Jon-Don for doing nothing more then transcribing these atrocities that he had seen.

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“Martyred Armenia” is an accounting of the deliberate murder of over 1.2 million Armenians by the Ottoman government from 1914-1923.

By his own estimate in 1916, he was able to tabulate through the use of the public records at the time. Over 1.2 million Armenians were butchered and murdered in just a few, short, horrible years. I wrestle with giving examples of the atrocities that he talks of. And, he gives names of those speaking their dying words and how they were left on the streets to die. But, I will give the reader the opportunity to learn for themselves, if they choose to do so by reading this book.

SUMMATION

What you will find interesting is to whom he points, rather than what country he points to some of the blame. Frankly, it is interesting where he places a lot of the blame for the atrocities against the Armenians. This foreign country he writes about gave the idea to the government to do this. And, only a few short decades later that same country committed a genocide of their own!

This is a very historic and interesting read from somebody who was they’re at the time of the Armenian Genocide. “Martyred Armenia” is available to read free on the public domain.

Written By: D. Redmond


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GERONIMO STORY OF HIS LIFE

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GERONIMO AND THE STORY OF HIS LIFE

Geronimo is the subject of this week’s REDMOND’S REVIEW. Darren continues his weekly report on book reviews. His unique insights into what each author provides to their readers gives us a better understanding in a condensed form.

Darren Redmond is the Executive Director of a non-profit firm in Fresno, California. He and his colleagues work diligently to help those with addictions to overcome and return to a happy, fruitful life.

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“Geronimo’s Story of His Life” is detailed in this week’s delivery of REDMOND’S REVIEW.

REDMOND’S REVIEW

For those who follow the books that I read for review; three tendencies always seem to show themselves.

  1. They are usually autobiographical.
  2. Thus, they are usually nonfiction, unless they are poetry or a fable.
  3. They tend to be free in the public record.

I was enthralled with the autobiography, “Geronimo’s Story of His Life”, transcribed by S. M. Barrett and published in 1906. This first-person account of this icon, of Apache, Mexican, and American history, gives details of his life that many including myself never thought. And, you may find it to be very surprising.

This book makes you feel like you are riding along with Geronimo and Cochise. The reader learns in fine detail what life was like for Geronimo.

SOME FACTS NOT WELL KNOWN ABOUT GERONIMO

Some quick facts that you may or may not have known:

  1. Much of Geronimo’s quest for vengeance, came from the fact that soldiers murdered his wife, his children and his mother.
  2. Those soldiers came from Mexico.

  3. Many of the battles and raids put forth by Geronimo were with less than a hundred men on his side. On more than a few occasions there were only two or three men with him.

  4. On at least six different occasions Geronimo was shot.

  5. Geronimo had a great admiration for President Theodore Roosevelt. And, he even dedicated this book to him.

  6. Geronimo gives painstaking detail and evidence of the many times he had gone into agreement with soldiers on the American side, just to have them break their treaty. However, he was much more angry during his whole life with the government and soldiers of Mexico.

  7. Geronimo points out many times the differences between homesteaders and pioneers. Mostly, they treated him and his people fairly. They were from both Mexico and the United States. And, many of these people were soldiers, too.

  8. Geronimo was very impressed with the World’s Fair of 1904. And, he gives a wonderful account of being on a Ferris wheel for the first time.

  9. Geronimo became a Christian but never stopped advocating for the lands of the Apache in the mountains of Arizona. And, for his people to be assimilated with the government of America, but at the same time to be able to have the lands that were agreed on more than a few times.

  10. Geronimo goes into great detail about their traditions and customs of his people. Some of which shatter myths that people perpetuate this day.

SUMMATION

One can listen to the audio version, which lasts less then 5 hours.

It is a wonderful book to read. And, I highly recommended reading or listening to it.

This book is absolutely free to read in the public domain.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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