About the Accents of the Founding Fathers and Other Ppl Related
Alexander Hamilton has a very strong New York accent w/ a lot of nasal sounds&a mouthful of slangs from Yiddish& Hebrew, just like any other New Yorker. However, when he’s in the company of Southerns, he sound rather Scottish than New-Yorker. One wonders why.
John Laurens has a not strong but very distinctive Southern draw in his voice, but he’s too cool&cuddly to be teased for it by anyone.
Lafayette’s French accent is just ADORED by everyone. His breathy r’s and sonorous vows are just absolutely captivating.
Hercules Mulligan has an awkward, mixed, Irish&New York, accent. His tone of speech is usually made by the Irish accent to sound kind of like singing. Everyone, including Mulligan himself, makes fun of his accent in a friendly way.
Henry Knox&John Adams have Boston accents so heavy that Southerners in the Congress hardly can understand them when they overhear the New Englanders talk amongst themselves. They say that, the two New Englanders drop so many r’s when they speak that they might as well just take the ‘r’ from their republic. (which is really a false idea, since Boston accents don’t drop r’s before vowels.)
Thomas Jefferson&James Madison have strong southern accents, and though they try to shorten the draw a bit when they’re in Washington, they are still often teased by the Federalists from up north, who would exaggerate, making every vowel about one-second long, doing hyper-correction pronunciations such as saying ‘earl’ instead of ‘oil’.
George Washington also has a southern accent, but he rarely lets it slip, and he refuses to acknowledge it when Hamilton brought it up in his nasal-sounding New York accent.
Aaron Burr has no accent. Sometimes ppl would think that he’s from the Great Plain, or specifically, Kansas.
So I love Henry Knox always have. Basically the beginning of the war the continental army had little to no artillery. Not that it would help if they did have it. No one really knew how to use it; and there’s Henry Knox a young, tall (he’s like 6 something) over weight, book nerd/former bookstore owner. Who blew off 2 of his fingers in a shotgun accident. (which he hides with a handkerchief) Who never actually used cannons only read about them; and he’s the best chance the army got lol.
“Nathanael Greene and Henry Knox wanted to hire you”
So because many members of the Hamilton fandom refuse to look outside of the characters portrayed in the musical, I wanted to take some time to point out the significance of this line in Right Hand Man.
First of all, I strongly recommend looking into Greene and Knox because they are overall absolute gems to learn about and I love them. Most people who know about the Revolutionary War should hopefully be familiar with these two names, as they were extremely valuable members of the Continental Army. Both were the only generals other than Washington to serve the entirety of the war, and both played critical roles throughout their service. But what’s really so great about this line isn’t just a shoutout to two great war heroes,
but the fact that when you look at Washington’s relationships with these men, it gains so much more weight.
Let’s start with Greene.
Quaker turned soldier Nathanael Greene. Asthmatic and originally denied access to the army because of a limp Nathanael Greene. Lacking a formal education and constantly in need of reassurance Nathanael Greene. Brilliant war strategist and Washington’s most trusted subordinate Nathanael Greene. Nathanael was honestly something special. At the beginning of the war, he was appointed one of eight brigadier generals, and he was the youngest of all of them. He and Washington seemed perfect from the second Greene greeted him outside of Boston. The bright Greene was extremely loyal towards Washington, and Washington held him in high favor - even finding it in his graces to forgive Greene for his failure at Fort Washington. Whenever Washington needed something done, he went to Greene. In a letter to congress Washington called Greene “a Gentleman in whom I place the most intire confidence.” When asked who should replace him should the unthinkable happen, Greene was the man Washington chose - Greene even served as an aide to Washington for a while. The two shared many views and similarities, including the lack of a formal education and both despised all manners of vice. Both men were also extremely sensitive when it came to their reputations and craved recognition in one respect or another. Dying three years after the war, Washington mourned him terribly for nearly a month, having lost not only a loyal political ally and his favorite general, but a kindred spirit and close, trusted friend as well. Washington went on to pay for Nathanael’s son, George Washington Greene, to go to college.
Now let’s talk about Knox.
Henry Knox is best known for being around 300 pounds, transporting a ton of canons in the revolution, and being the first Secretary of War. Henry Knox owned a bookstore in Boston before the war, and one subject that he had enjoyed greatly was artillery. He was cheerful and outgoing, and greatly skilled when it came to storytelling. When this well read twenty-five year old entered the army, it didn’t take long for them to discover his talent and before much time had passed he was Chief of Artillery. This of course, put him very close to the man who would soon be lucky enough to say of him “there is no man in the United States with whom I have been in habits of greater intimacy; no one whom I have loved more sincerely; nor any for whom I have had greater friendship.” The man who said this was none other than George Washington. Cheerful Knox must have been quite the compliment to a more serious, reserved Washington. George trusted Henry on all matters of artillery, and Knox returned that trust with a strong loyalty, never speaking against his beloved friend and constantly referring to him as “Your Excellency” as if practically fawning over Washington. At the end of the war, Knox thanked Washington for his friendship, and the two reminded fast friends until the end, with Knox serving as Washington’s Secretary of War (although the job might have gone to Greene had the poor man still been alive).
So I’ve wasted this much of your time if you’re reading this still and I’m sure you want to know why I felt the need to go on this long:
This line in Hamilton is special to me. Although I could spend six years ranting about the musical’s many flaws and inaccuracies, this one line gets me emotional. Although Henry and Nathanael are not portrayed in Hamilton, this line tells quite a bit about Washington’s trust for his two favorites (and yes, people did accuse him of favoritism towards the two younger men). The line implies that Greene and Knox’s interest in Alexander sparked Washington’s own interest and gave him reason to see just what was so special about this young man. Although a very minor detail, and although I could totally be reading into this way too much, it’s quite possibly one of my favorite lines in the musical for the sheer reason that it shows Washington’s love of Greene and Knox. Washington trusted these men entirely, and their significance to both the war and his life is not something to be glossed over. Because although everyone now knows of his relationships with Hamilton and Lafayette and the other characters in this musical, there are other men who were equally important, and it’s nice to see Washington’s best friends, these war heroes, get a little bit of recognition too.
shout out to the Mount Vernon webpage for the pictures
remember that time Washington decided that every time a soldier saw a shell they should shout “a shell!” to warn the others and Hamilton thought it was ridiculous but Henry Knox agreed with Washington so they were arguing and meanwhile someone shouted “a shell!” even though there wasn’t actually a shell and Hamilton hid behind Knox and Knox was like “bro…. do you still think it’s a bad idea” and Hamilton shut up after that