Tag Archives: violence

Song of the South

Just a quick reblog today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. During the course of the American Civil War “generals planned to hear the course of the struggle — and, in some cases, the sounds never arrived. … Continue reading

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Adrift

Just a quick reblog today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “En route to Senegal in 1816, the French frigate Méduse ran aground on a reef. The six boats were quickly filled, so those who remained lashed … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Ena

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am doing a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. All quotations are from that … Continue reading

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Benjamin Bathurst

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 25, 1809, British diplomat Benjamin Bathurst was preparing to leave the small German town of Perleberg. He stood outside the inn, watching his portmanteau being loaded onto the carriage, … Continue reading

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One Foot In The Grave

Just a quick reblog today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “When a surgeon took off Lord Uxbridge’s leg after the Battle of Waterloo, a local resident asked permission to bury the limb in his garden in … Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original source was the Foreign Quarterly Review (Jan 1844). Though perhaps not a true story, the Review “reports the case of Quatremer Disjonval, a Dutch adjutant-general whom the Prussians had incarcerated in a … Continue reading

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More Duels

I’ve found a few fun stories about dueling. Enjoy. 1.) English poet Mark Akenside avoided a duel with Counsellor Ballow because one refused to fight in the morning and the other refused to fight in the afternoon. 2.) In 1806, an … Continue reading

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