Posted Thursday morning, December 28, 2017.
George Washington breaks up a brawl in Harvard Yard, December 1775. Diorama at the Museum of the American Revolution. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Photo by Oliver Mannion.
We’re celebrating Christmas at the Blonde Family Cottage and Old Mother Blonde gave us tickets to the recently opened Museum of the American Revolution as a family Christmas present. We went yesterday and had a great time. We have some more visiting with friends and relations to do today, then we’re heading back to the Mannionville Ranch this evening. Tomorrow will be our recovery from travel day, so a full report on our trip to the museum with a photo essay by Oliver Mannion will have to wait until the weekend. Meanwhile, here’s what it says on the wall behind the diorama:
"Who that was not a witness could imagine that...men who came from different parts of the continent, strongly disposed...to despise and quarrel with each other, would instantly become but one patriotic band of brothers."
And here’s the link to the story that goes with it, which shows that Washington wasn’t just being sentimental in his farewell to his officers at the end of the war when he said that about their troops being strongly disposed to despise and quarrel with each other before they were molded into a band of patriotic brothers.
With the spring of a deer, he leaped from his saddle, threw the reins of his bridle into the hands of his servant, and rushed into the thickest of the melee, with an iron grip seized two tall, brawny, athletic, savage-looking riflemen by the throat, keeping them at arm’s length, alternately shaking and talking to them.
You can read the whole story, George Washington Breaks Up a Snowball Fight at Harvard, at the New England Historical Society's website.