Back in the Saddle

Sorry for the lack of posts. Life happened, but I’m back now.

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Memorial to General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, Commander of the US Expeditionary Force in WW II.

People often seem to assume that his nickname, Black Jack, came from the card game of the same name. In fact it was given to him as a junior officer when he was assigned to an all black regiment of cavalry. He served there as a commander for many years and had a tremendous bond of loyalty with his soldiers. Because of this association with black troops he was given his moniker by his fellow white officers.

When Teddy Rosevelt and his “Rough Riders” charged up San Juan Hill, a black company from the 10th US Cavalry was right next to them. It was led by Black Jack Pershing.

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Published in: on August 29, 2006 at 9:15 am  Comments (4)  

The Monument

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If there is any one image that symbolizes the Federal City it is The Monument. The memorial to George Washington, the “Father of the United States”.

From what I have read of him, the humble giant who led our nation to independence would have been teribly embarased – but we like it.

Published in: on August 3, 2006 at 9:54 am  Comments (3)