Sunday, March 28, 2010

Search for Secrets of A Sunken Cannon - 49

Le Grand Cannon's father, a Frenchman came to America with French Gen. Lafayette who fought with colonists for freedom from the British rule during the American Revolutionary war. Le Grand wasn't born until 1786 approximately 3 years after the physical hostilities had ended. The U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787 and George Washington became the first elected president in 1789. Cannon had a date with destiny and many people helped shape his future, but it took the American Revolutionary War to take America away from British rule. I'm laying the foundation for secrets of a sunken cannon.

The precursor to war started with the Boston Massacre (1771) and Boston Tea Party (1773). The People's Tea Party of 2009- is patterned after the 1773 revolt, a time in history where American colonists refused to pay higher taxes on tea to England. Americans today (2010) are angry at Congress and President Obama for uncontrolled spending and they fear rising taxes. Again the pressure to co-exist with politicians calling all the shots is waning. Those in government are responsible to the people - not themselves and party affiliaton for power and prestige. The tea party movement of 2010 isn't just disgruntled Republicans, it covers all political affiliations. To remain "free people" requires us to fight for what we believe and we must take a stance against taxation without representation, but without violence. Too much government rule isn't freedom. It's socialist slavery to the government.

If we could time travel and bring back the fifty-six original signers of the Declaration of Independence from July 4, 1776, they'd tell you that "Freedom isn't free!" They pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to America and when they signed the DI it sealed their fate. Men of honor sacrificed their lives for an ideal to live as free men with representation. They believed since 1771 it was time to break away from English rule, but British sympathizers felt England should squash the rebellion to keep English dominance.

Cannon would be a man of great wealth by age 32, because he had the fortitude to work hard, put his nose to the grindstone while treating people with respect they earned; John Ball and Edmund Bostwick, all noteable names in Michigan and Oregon. Le Grand's father probably told him that "freedom isn't free, it cost many signers of the Declaration of Independence their lives and livliehood. Five signers were captured by the British and tortured, tried for treason before death. Twelve had homes ransacked and burned. Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another two sons captured. Nine men of the 56 fought and died of wounds or hardships of war. Who were these "men of freedom"?

Twenty-four were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but still they signed the DI knowing full well the penalty meant death if captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his fine commercial ships destroyed by the British navy. He sold his house and properties to pay off his debts and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was harassed so viciously by the British his family moved in exhile to evade them. He served in Congress without pay, but kept his family safe. The British stripped him of possessions and left him in poverty. Vandals and soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge and Middleton.

At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that British gen. Cornwallis siezed Nelson's home for his headquarters. Nelson quietly urged Gen. George Washington to blast his home to smithereens and Washington destroyed it. Nelson died bankrupt. British soldiers seized the home of Francis Lewis and took his wife captive, imprisoned her and she died within several months. John Hart was forced to leave his wife's bedside near death. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His crop fields and gristmills laid to waste. He lived in the forest for a year, a phantom living in caves, but when he returned home his wife was dead, his children had vanished. On the Fourth of July or Veteran's day just don't remember who has fallen since, but remember those who signed the Declaration of Independence, because they died to keep freedom alive, the same freedom's we enjoy being able to voice our opinions and concerns at President Obama and Congress today. Pray for them. I usually don't write on Sundays.

Pray for our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give pause and cause to remember fallen soldiers like Army Corporal Nicholas Rousch of Middleville, Michigan who was killed when an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) went off near his vehicle in Herat, Afghanistan the second week of August 2009. Nick's funeral was Aug. 25th, 2009 in his hometown of Middleville a half-a-world away from his buddies still fighting. He died protecting the freedoms of others and ours in a far away land. His sacrific proved freedom is never free and he paid the ultimate sacrifice for God and two countries just like those who signed the DI. Nick was an acquaintance's nephew.

My opinion of President Obama changed after he was elected. I didn't vote for him simply because as a Congressman he hadn't accomplished anything. He strutted around like a grand peacock promising he could deliver everything nobody else could do. He lambasts Bush on the need for two wars and criticizes him for not catching Bin Laden, but he hasn't caught him either and seems to back away from fights with radicals. After election my fear of him changed to the worst when he told world leaders that "America isn't a Christian nation." He degraded Americans by pandering to the whims of radical Islamic extremists to temper them. I'm quite sure those who signed the DI wouldn't agree with Obama. America was founded on Christian principles and doctrine today even though many are trying to squash it.

The Holy Bible says, "Thou shalt not lie," for this is a biblical truth that Satan's helpers in Congress practice to deceive the moral majority who think the government is out of control and if they could would throw away the DI and Constitution on the grounds it doesn't suit their purpose or ideals. Without the Holy Bible's Ten Commandments who you gonna' believe is telling the truth? How can Michigan trust Sen. Bert Stupak's judgement when he rolls over his "NO" to "YES" on health care reform the last second. Who did he serve? I thought the person or Congressman that shouted out to Obama "You Liar" had guts to voice his indignation.

Stupak needs to serve the people. Fight truth decay, read the Bible and pray daily. Worship the Lord and God Almighty instead of dyfunctional politicians. Seek His wisdom for He gives us strength to keep us "The land of the free and home of the brave."

Millions of American have been killed and millions more will be wounded fighting in foreign war worldwide to keep freedom ringing in America. It's been done for 231 years. Americans should never cave into radical Islamic terrorists. We must fight oppressive and evil regimes.

England in 1774 didn't like what was happening in Canada's backyard, but neither was it going to let the colonists go free without a fight. It kept flexing its muscle in limited quantitites. Ramius (Sean Connery), the fictional Captain of the Russian nuclear submarine "Red October" said it best "Revolutions are a healthy thing sometimes don't you think?"

Through movies; fictional or nonfictional, ancient books, diaries, manuscripts; published or non published, personal notes, papers, newspapers, neighborhood musings, obituaries, memorial editorials, wedding anniversaries, et., all reveal the secrets of our lives and Le Grand Cannon had many secrets your about to learn from a round-about way. All these things are the windows to our heritage and it'll provide truth copies of our secrets.

Children today don't search for hard copy truth. They find material, much of it hearsay reprinted faulty things on the internet. They write essays and term papers based upon single sources, but don't criss-cross reference other viewpoints by searching library archives to substantiate their conclusions. Many internet posts aren't the gospel truth, but twisted dribble and people fail to connect the real dots of past history, because it might take longer to tell the story. Learning from the past prepares you for the future.

Bob Alcumbrack and his crew learned lots about our local area from our excavationsal searchs for secrets of a sunken cannon. The lesson many should learn is that people don't hire people who don't know what doesn't work. They need skilled people who know what works, but also can fix it when it doesn't. Those who always succeed get frustrated and mad when they can't fix something and they blame others. Its the real workers, the backbones of industry that lose their jobs before dysfunctional management blunderers.

Next time I'll discuss more secrets about what tripped Bob into belief the cannon was a six-pound field artillery piece. What I write is nonfictional (real history). It's how I see it.

1 comment:

  1. LeGrand Cannon died in Stratford, Fairfield, CT on 2 Jun 1789 (Connecticut Death & Burials Index, 1650-1934). He must have been born abt 1733 because the death record states he was 56 yrs. at time of death. There is another LeGrand Cannon born 26 Oct 1762 in Norwalk, CT (Connecticut Birth Records - Barbour Collection) with the named parents John and Esther. A John Cannon and Jerusha Sands had a son, LeGrand Cannon in Sands Point, Long Island, NY (Wilson, Malcolm Sands,. Descendants of James Sands of Block Island : with notes on the Walker, Hutchinson, Ray, Guthrie, Palgrave, Cornell, Ayscough, Middagh, Holt, and Henshaw families. New York: Priv. print., 1849). I'm not sure where you got your information.