HOW SHREWSBURY WON THE REVOLUTION… LET’S NOT PLAY LIBERTY OR DEATH!!!!!!!!!! (EPILOGUE)

PREVIOUSLY…

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… and an end to the hostilities with America.

JANUARY 9, 1780

 

BELLS PEALED, CHORUSES STRUCK AND BROADSIDES LITTERED THE STREETS. THE MESSAGE WERE THE SAME…

VICTORY FOR WARD!!!

VICTORY FOR FREEDOM!!!!!

VICTORY FOR AMERICA!!!!!!!

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… and returned home.

 

THE LAST FOUR YEARS, INCLUDING THE TWO OVERSEEING THE AMERICAN NAVY WHILE THEY PROTECTED AMERICAN CONVOYS FROM BRITISH PRESS GANGS STILL AT WAR AGAINST FRANCE AND HER ALLIES, WERE THE LONGEST OF WARD’S LIFE. BUT WITH THE TREATY OF PARIS SIGNED, THE END ARRIVED.

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… the antagonists of the Revolutionary War signed a peace treaty, in 1780. The independent statehood of America, claimed in 1776, was affirmed, giving notice to the world that the age of democracy had arrived.

 

WARD, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FRONT OF HIS SOLDIERS, WEPT.

FROM HIS CAMP AT HEAD OF ELK IN MARYLAND, HE ADDRESSED HIS TROOPS. THE CONSUMMATE FIREBRAND GAVE A HEARTFELT SPEECH IN WHICH HE THANKED EVERYONE FROM THE TROOPS TO JONAH AND THE WHALE BEFORE FORMALLY RESIGNING FROM HIS POST AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.

A_WARD_LODTo the various branches of the Army the General takes this last and solemn opportunity of professing his inviolable attachment and friendship. He wishes more than bare professions were in his power, that he were really able to be useful to them all in future life.

 

THIS WERE A DIFFERENT SCENE THAN THE ONE NEARLY TWO YEARS PRIOR WHEN ARTEMAS WARD PERSONALLY DEBRIEFED THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. BUT WHAT WERE EXPECTED TO BE JUST A FORMALITY HAD BEEN DERAILED BY HIS SECOND IN COMMAND.

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FED UP WITH A COMMANDING OFFICER WHO NEVER LEFT HIS TENT MOST DAYS, IN ADDITION TO THE INDIGNITY OF BEING SNUBBED FOR HIS ROLE OF COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, AS WELL AS SPENDING MUCH OF THE WAR FIGHTING OFF DYSENTERY IN CANADA, WASHINGTON AND HIS COMRADES ASKED A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS SERIES OF PROBING QUESTIONS INTO WARD’S PERFORMANCE.

WARD, A FORMER ATTORNEY, HANDLED HIMSELF ADMIRABLY AT THIS INQUISITION. ALTHOUGH FIERCE AND FIERY IN HIS DEFENSE, HIS RESPONSES FOR THE MOST PART WERE FAULTLESS AND IRON-CLAD IN THEIR LOGIC.

HOWEVER, HE DID NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS AND THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS WOULD BE ECHOED BY SCHOLARS FOR CENTURIES TO COME:

liberty_100WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO LAUNCH A COUNTERATTACK IN THE SOUTH, WITH FORCES SO CLOSE TO THE CAPITAL AT PHILADELPHIA?

liberty_226WHY WERE THE BEST GENERALS IN THE AMERICAN ARMY STUCK IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORIES AFTER THE BRITISH WERE DRIVEN OUT OF QUEBEC?

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WHY WERE FUNDS CAPTURED FROM BOSTON SQUANDERED ON THE FORT BERLIN BARRACKS?

 

WARD’S ANSWERS, OF COURSE, WOULD NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH TO PLEASE EVERYONE. AS IMPRESSIVE AS HIS IMPETUOUS MANEUVERS HAD BEEN, ESPECIALLY WITH THE SWIFTNESS OF THE NORTHERN CAMPAIGN…

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…THE PRICE HAD BEEN DEVASTATION IN THE SOUTHERN COLONIES.

 

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SOME OF THE GREATEST MILITARY OFFICERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY SPENT THE REVOLUTION FIELDING PORCELAIN ARMIES WHILE HESSIAN ATROCITIES WENT UNCHALLENGED.

 

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… through elected officials and an ambitious and forward-looking constitution. No longer would despots have control over the destiny of American citizens as they led the way to a new enlightenment.

IN THE END, THE COUNTRY PUBLICLY RECOGNIZED GENERAL WARD AS THE MAN WHO WON THEM INDEPENDENCE. AND YET WASHINGTON, FOR GIVING VALIDATION TO THE FEARS OF THE SOUTH, ENDED UP MORE OF A HERO TO THEM THAN THE “YANKEE DOODLE DANDY”. IN MARYLAND AND POINTS SOUTH, IT SEEMED AS THOUGH WARD PLAYED AT BEING NERO AND FIDDLED WHILE BALTIMORE BURNED.

WASHINGTON RETIRED TO HIS MOUNT VERNON HOME AFTER THE WAR. UNFORTUNATELY FOR WARD, WASHINGTON’S RETIREMENT WERE SHORT-LIVED.

 

AUGUST 24, 1783

WITH HARSH AUSTERITY MEASURES TAKEN IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEFRAY THE COSTS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, THE ECONOMIC VICTIMS INCLUDED SOLDIERS WHO NEVER RECEIVED PAYMENT FROM A CONTINENTAL CONGRESS WITH NO POWER TO PAY THEM.

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DANIEL SHAYS, WHO SERVED UNDER WARD IN EVERY ONE OF HIS ENGAGEMENTS AND WOUNDED IN THE 1778 BATTLE OF COLUMBUS, WERE ONE OF THESE SOLDIERS. OUTRAGED TO HAVE BEEN UNPAID FOR ALL HIS SERVICE, AND RECEIVING ONLY A CEREMONIAL SWORD FROM GENERAL LAFAYETTE, HE ROSE UP FIVE YEARS LATER IN REBELLION.

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JUDGE ARTEMAS WARD DELIVERED A WITHERING POLEMIC FROM THE STEPS OF THE WORCESTER COURTHOUSE. FOR TWO HOURS, WARD ISSUED HIS CONDEMNATION OF THE REBELLION AS TREASON. YET FOR ALL THE BLUSTER, WHEN THE ARRESTS FINALLY WENT OUT, WARD COULD ONLY WATCH AS THE REBELS IN WORCESTER WERE EXONERATED.

THE INCIDENT WERE SEEN BY WASHINGTON AS AN ACT OF SELF-PROMOTION, HELPING NO ONE AND ACCOMPLISHING NOTHING. IT INCENSED THE VIRGINIAN ENOUGH TO RETURN TO PUBLIC LIFE.

 

JANUARY 10, 1785

THE ELECTION OF 1785, THE FIRST OF THIS NATION’S HISTORY, WERE MARKED BY A SERIES OF FIERY DEBATES. THOUGH BOTH MEN SHARED A GREAT MANY OPINIONS ON FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ISSUES, THE ELECTION BECAME YET ANOTHER REFERENDUM ON THE WAR AND WHICH GENERAL FOUGHT FOR WHOM.

WASHINGTON AND WARD FOUGHT OVER THE NATURE OF THE COURTHOUSE SPEECH.

WASHINGTON BELIEVED THE SPEECH REPRESENTED WARD AS A CHARLATAN.

WARD COUNTERED THAT WASHINGTON WOULD NOT KNOW HONESTY IF IT FELL FROM A CHERRY TREE.

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AFTER MONTHS OF GRUELING CAMPAIGNING AND DEBATING, THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS…

 

… A TIE.

 

A SPLIT BETWEEN THE NORTH (EXCEPT FOR CANADA, WHO ADORED WASHINGTON) AND SOUTH. THE TIE-BREAKING VOTE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RESULTED IN YET ANOTHER FIERY DEBATE ON THE MERITS OF THE NEWLY RATIFIED CONSTITUTION.

IN THE END, THEY CHOSE ARTEMAS WARD…

… BY ONE VOTE.

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… of this nascent republic, refusing offers of total authority based solely on military prowess in favor of the mandate of his countrymen. He set forth a plan where by [SIC] the United States Armed Forces would be created in order to stand guard against any further threats of tyranny and injustice.

 WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A CATASTROPHE OF CONFIDENCE WERE SAVED BY THE STATESMANSHIP OF BOTH WARD AND WASHINGTON. THE TWO MEN, WHO HAD BY ALL APPEARANCES PRIVATELY DESPISED EACH OTHER, PUBLICLY SHOOK HANDS. VICE-PRESIDENT WASHINGTON ANNOUNCED HIS CONCESSION DIRECTLY TO WARD AND HUMBLY ASKED THAT THE COUNTRY RALLY BEHIND THE RIGHTFUL WINNER OF THE FIRST AMERICAN ELECTION.

PUTTING ASIDE THEIR MUTUAL DISLIKE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, WARD AND WASHINGTON FRAMED THE ELECTION AS A LESSON ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC INVOLVEMENT, AND A TESTAMENT TO THE RESILIENCE OF A CONSTITUTION THAT COULD STAND THE TEST OF TIME.

 

 

 

AND NOW, THE MORAL OF OUR STORY…

 

WE RECOGNIZE THAT SOME MIGHT FIND OUR METHOD OF SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT THE 2015 SHREWSBURY SPECIAL ELECTION FOR 11TH WORCESTER DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO BE UNORTHODOX.

SOME OF YOU MIGHT ALSO NOT HAVE NOTICED THE BIG “BIZARRO WORCESTER” TITLE IN BIG LETTERS.

EITHER WAY, REMEMBER THAT WE COME FROM A CITY WHERE IF MORE THAN 10% OF US COME OUT TO VOTE, WE CALL IT A MANDATE. THEREFORE, IF WE MUST USE A LET’S PLAY OF AN OBSCURE 20-YEAR-OLD GAME TO GET OUR MESSAGE OUT, IF IT CONVINCES EVEN ONE PERSON TO LOOK AT GOVERNMENT IN A WAY THEY HAD NOT CONSIDERED, WE HAVE SUCCEEDED.

WE CANNOT FIND WESTBOROUGH TURNOUT NUMBERS FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, WHICH WERE 23%. BUT YOU TEMP-HIRERS SHOULD TAKE A LESSON FROM THE CITIZENS OF SHREWSBURY!!!!!!!! IN THEIR LAST SPECIAL ELECTION IN 2013, WE SEE THAT 32% OF THEM VOTED!!! AND THE STATE ELECTIONS IN 2014???? 59%!!!!!!!!!!! IF 59% OF US VOTED IN WORCESTER, THE COUNCIL WOULD BE DANCING IN THE STREETS!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAVE YOU NOT SEEN KONSTANTINA LUKES DO A DOUGIE DOWN PARK AVENUE????????????????? YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE IF WE GOT MORE THAN HALF OF WORCESTER TO VOTE WE WOULD SEE HER GET DOWN WITH HER GOOD SELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEREFORE, IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR, WE ASK YOU TO INDULGE US JUST A BIT LONGER.

 

WE REMIND YOU ALL, WHETHER VOTING FOR JASON PALITSCH OR HANNAH KANE OR SOMEONE ELSE. AND WHETHER FROM SHREWSBURY OR WESTBOROUGH OR WORCESTER OR SOMEWHERE ELSE. WHEREVER YOU COME FROM, WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE…

 

VOTE.

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