A Boston Terrier who officially earned the rank of Sergeant while serving with the 102nd Infantry 26th Yankee Division during World War I. Stubby was a stray who ended up following soldiers training in Connecticut. One of the soldiers, Cpl. Conroy, grew fond of Stubby and smuggled him aboard the ship when the unit was deployed. Legend has it when the Commanding Officer found Stubby, the little terrier saluted with his paw, supposedly having picked up the gesture from observing the soldiers he befriended. The CO was so impressed he let Stubby tag along.
Stubby participated in 17 battles, survived a gas attack, was wounded by a hand grenade but returned to combat after some time recovering, would alert his fellow soldiers in the trenches of incoming mortar shells, would search for the wounded on battlefield, and captured a German spy. Sgt. Stubby eventually outranked his handler, Cpl. Conroy, who was his handler. Passing away at the age of 10, Sgt. Stubby’s remains are preserved and on display at “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War” exhibit at the Smithsonian.
On this day in history, December 9th, 536 AD
Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome, recapturing the city for the Roman Empire. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Eastern Emperor Justinian I sought to reconquer the western provinces and reunite the empire. Under the command of General Belisarius, the Byzantine Army almost succeeded, recapturing Italy, much of North Africa, and southern Spain. The reunification was short lived as Germanic tribes once again conquered the western territories.
The Jamestown Homeward Bound
An old sea shanty about the USS Jamestown. Popular during the 1850’s and American Civil War.
The farmer's heart with joy is filled When his crops are good and sound; But who can feel the wild delight Of the sailor homeward bound? For three long years have passed away Since we left freedom's shore, Our long-felt wish has come at last And we're homeward bound once more.
To where the sky's as clear as the maiden's eye Who longs for our return, To the land where milk and honey flows And liberty was born. So fill our sails with the favoring gales, And with shipmates all around We'll give three cheers for our starry flag And the "Jamestown" homeward bound.
To the Mediterranean shores we've been And its beauties we have seen; And Italy's grand and lofty hills and Sicily's gardens green. We've gazed on Mount Vesuvius With its rugged slumbering dome, Night is the time in that red clime When the sailor thinks of home.
We've strayed round Pompeii's ruined walls And on them carved our names. And thought of ancient beauties past And vanished lordly dames. And gazed on tombs of mighty kings Who oft in battle won, But what were they all in their sway With our brave Washington?
And now we have arrived in port And stripping's our last job, And friendly faces look around In search of Bill or Bob. They see that we are safe at last From the perils of the sea; Saying, "You're welcome, Columbia's mariners To your homes and liberty."
The USS Jamestown,
Commissioned in 1844, the USS Jamestown was a US Navy sloop that certainly saw an interesting career on her world travels which included Africa, South American, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Tahiti, Fiji, and the Hawaiian Islands. Originally, she was one of the first navy ships tasked with interdicting illegal slave traders from Africa. Later she was tasked with the humanitarian mission of supplying food to Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine. During the Civil War she served as a blockage runner and was responsible for the capture of 5 Confederate supply ships. After the Civil War she was sent to the Pacific as a supply vessel, suppling US Navy ports as far north as Sitka, Alaska and patrolling as far west as Tahiti and Fiji. The USS Jamestown ended her career as a training vessel and later a Marine hospital. She was destroyed by fire in 1913.
A Chamelot & Delvigne pinfire revolver, France Mid 19th century.
A historical reenactor in Roman centurion costume.
A centurion was a professional officer of the Roman army after the Marian reforms of 107 BC. Most centurions commanded 60 to 80 men despite the commonly assumed 100, but senior centurions commanded cohorts, or took senior staff roles in their legion.
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