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Ridge was part of battlefield

June 27, 2012

http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20120627/OPINION02/706279879/1037

Opinion | Letters

Ridge was part of battlefield
June 27,2012
A recent Herald editorial stated that the wind turbines on Pittsford Ridge “would not sit atop the battlefield.” This statement appears to be in error when one reads a sign at Hubbardton Battlefield which states, “Pittsford Ridge played a prominent role in the battle…” and combatants ascended “to the summit,” and “Many men, in addition to Colonel Francis, were killed along the ridge…”

It is important to note here that scholarly writings on the Revolution state that the common soldiers in the American, British and German armies at that time, coming from the most disadvantaged and destitute strata of society, were looked down upon and ill treated by the citizens they fought for. Through the 1700s, it was not uncommon for dead soldiers to be left to rot on rural battlefields, which, it has been speculated, happened at Hubbardton with many fallen Americans, since human bones were found scattered about the area for many years afterwards.

Apparently, the world little notes nor will long remember the last gasp, the blood trickling into the soil and the scattered bones of those brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives on Pittsford Ridge so that we can have the freedom to hold unaccountable our present leaders and spokespeople who tell us that the common person must sacrifice more while they themselves refuse to cut back their own jet-setting carbon footprints to even the current level of the average person of this state. These modern leaders and spokespeople insist that others must live within a mile of these monstrous, sleep-depriving wind turbines while they themselves make excuses for why they won’t lead by example and sacrifice mightily to live next to these machines as we fight the battle against global warming.

Colonial military leaders insisted on leading by example and from the front, which is how Colonel Francis came to die on Pittsford Ridge.

JUSTIN LINDHOLM
Mendon

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Shona Marston permalink
    June 27, 2012 2:38 pm

    Thank you Justin.

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