frederick the great once had lafayette and cornwallis over for dinner at the same time and made them sit next to each other, and cornwallis wrote a letter bitching that fritz ignored him while fawning over lafayette
To all those peeps who mock and hate or idolize one side over the other
Please stop. It’s truly frustrating when you do so and you know barely anything about the person.
Don’t belittle Adrienne to ‘Lafayette’s wife’ because dear god she was so much more than that. She saved him from the prison by basically sacrificing herself, as well as laying the foundation for his support and popularity in France, and did so much for her family at her own cost.
Lafayette did far too much for America to be barely known. He sacrificed a lot and prioritized seeing her receive her independence, then tried to set things right back at home. While he doesn’t get hate on that end, there are a few people who like to hate on him because of all the affairs. Let me remind you that he was in an arranged marriage, and having mistresses was something that was in a way expected back then. And even then, there are no records of him using any violence against Adrienne, or doing anything to hurt her. Yes, it was one-sided, but stop hating on Lafayette simply because of having mistresses, something that was technically expected to have. On that note, don’t idolize him as a god either. Because he wasn’t. While I did mention not to hate on him for having mistresses, do keep that in mind before you idolize him. He did make several mistakes because of his one-focused view, some of them costing his family house arrest. But he meant no harm. Just don’t idolize or hate on him, look at both sides.
Cornwallis was an outstanding general, who had a brilliant mind and ideas, and secured the victory of quite a few of the battles during the revolution. Heck, even Lafayette mentions how he frightfully admires him for his tactics. In addition, he was a very HUMAN HUMAN BEING and a very caring husband, resigning to be with his sick wife, and returning after her passing away to get away from his depression. Just because we was a British general doesn’t make him a cardboard cut out with no emotions, personal problems or points of view! Please just remember this!
John Andre gets a lot of love, yes I know, but he was trying to do the best for his country and got persecuted for something he was not. If there are any haters out there, like there always are that select few for any topic, stop. Just read about him.
King George III oh dear god where do I start. Stop hating on him. Stop it. 'Hamilton’ seems to have given him a fan base and love, but it seems to be only for that portrayal of him. And the taxes weren’t even enforced by him, but by his parliament. And while he could’ve tried to do something, there wasn’t much he could really do, the parliament would out vote him. And let me remind you that he basically founded the constitutional monarchy has today, and his top priority were always his subjects. I mean, during the beginning of his first porphyria (or mania/hypomania, it’s hard to say to be honest) attack he still insisted upon going to work. Just..once again, re a d about him.
Stop mentioning the fact that Thomas Jefferson had slaves on literally every post about him. Yes, we know he did, what else is new? Oh, him raping his slave? Guess what, we know that too! Just stop it. People posting about Thomas Jefferson all know that he owned slaves and his relations with Sally Hemings, you really don’t have to mention this. It is frustrating as all heck when you do. Just remember that Jefferson drafted the damn Declaration of Independence and did so much for America, but my favourite, he invented the swivel chair. The very thing you peeps are sitting on while making your tumblr posts/comments/reblogs.
Obviously this post isn’t directed at everyone, that is definitely not the case. It just a little reminder for those select few who idolize or hate/mock a person, their opinion founded on a few select facts, or none at all.
All opinions are welcome. You by no means need to love the above mentioned people, but before making a judgement, read and find out about them, and /then/ give your opinion about them.
“Hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution.
Lord Cornwallis was one of the most capable British generals of the American Revolution. In 1776, he drove General George Washington’s Patriots forces out of New Jersey, and in 1780 he won a stunning victory over General Horatio Gates’ Patriot army at Camden, South Carolina. Cornwallis’ subsequent invasion of North Carolina was less successful, however, and in April 1781 he led his weary and battered troops toward the Virginia coast, where he could maintain seaborne lines of communication with the large British army of General Henry Clinton in New York City. After conducting a series of raids against towns and plantations in Virginia, Cornwallis settled in the tidewater town of Yorktown in August. The British immediately began fortifying the town and the adjacent promontory of Gloucester Point across the York River.
General George Washington instructed the Marquis de Lafayette, who was in Virginia with an American army of around 5,000 men, to block Cornwallis’ escape from Yorktown by land. In the meantime, Washington’s 2,500 troops in New York were joined by a French army of 4,000 men under the Count de Rochambeau. Washington and Rochambeau made plans to attack Cornwallis with the assistance of a large French fleet under the Count de Grasse, and on August 21 they crossed the Hudson River to march south to Yorktown. Covering 200 miles in 15 days, the allied force reached the head of Chesapeake Bay in early September.
Meanwhile, a British fleet under Admiral Thomas Graves failed to break French naval superiority at the Battle of Virginia Capes on September 5, denying Cornwallis his expected reinforcements. Beginning September 14, de Grasse transported Washington and Rochambeau’s men down the Chesapeake to Virginia, where they joined Lafayette and completed the encirclement of Yorktown on September 28. De Grasse landed another 3,000 French troops carried by his fleet. During the first two weeks of October, the 14,000 Franco-American troops gradually overcame the fortified British positions with the aid of de Grasse’s warships. A large British fleet carrying 7,000 men set out to rescue Cornwallis, but it was too late.
On October 19, General Cornwallis surrendered 7,087 officers and men, 900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate, and 30 transport ships. Pleading illness, he did not attend the surrender ceremony, but his second-in-command, General Charles O’Hara, carried Cornwallis’ sword to the American and French commanders. As the British and Hessian troops marched out to surrender, the British bands played the song “The World Turned Upside Down.”
Although the war persisted on the high seas and in other theaters, the Patriot victory at Yorktown effectively ended fighting in the American colonies. Peace negotiations began in 1782, and on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally recognizing the United States as a free and independent nation after eight years of war.”