Saturday, September 10, 2011

USA THREATENED BY TERRORISTS: Been There Done That!

9/11 ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE TOWERS
On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack of 9/11, America is once again on the alert for another attack.  Throughout our history, we've been there and done that.

The very core of our population is made up of people who have had to deal with political, religious and economic threats from around the world.  We are tough.  We have an indomitable spirit. We have survived many threats.  We will survive this threat.

Point Pleasant, WV, my hometown, will soon celebrate the survival of the 1778 seige of Fort Randolph with a live enactment of that battle.
ENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE OF BOONESBOURGH
 Following the October 10, 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant, the Virginia Assembly became alarmed at the defenseless state of this part of their western theater of the American Revolutionary War.  They constructed Fort Randolph to augment Forts Pitt, Henry and Boonesbourgh.
FORT RANDOLPH, POINT PLEASANT, WV
At the 1778 seige of Fort Randolph, our forefathers withstood a month's seige, surrounded by 200 Wyandot and Mingo Indians under the Wyandot chief, Half King.

I first read of the September 26, 1777 siege of Fort Henry in the 5th grade in Betty Zane by Zane Grey.  I think I've read the book every year since.  I can recite portions of Betty Zane's heroic run for gun powder to save the fort.

The fort was defended by 42 men and boys, some enfeebled by old age.  When the battle was over 26 men had been killed and 5 were wounded.  But the large force of indians and British soldiers were defeated.  The city of Wheeling, WV was founded upon this site.


PORTRAIT OF AN ELDERLY DANIEL BOONE



Daniel Boone founded Fort Boonesbourgh.  Built in 1775, it withstood a determined siege.  I visited this fort with my brother Henry, returning from our last visit with my brother Ray.  It has fond memories.  

 Fort Pitt, built from 1759-61, was a most modern defensive building of it's day.  It was beseiged by the Indians and the British on June 22, 1763.  A small brick building, called the blockhouse, still stands and is the oldest building still standing west of the Appalachians.

From the forested hills of the Blue Ridge to the sandy landscape of Iraq, America has always taken the fight to the enemy.  We will do so now.

God Bless you and Yours.

May He continue to perserve the USA

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