Looking into our American history, there are many attributes of those men and women who have come before us that we appreciate today. Indeed, one such quality is that of perseverance, which Merriam-Webster defines as the “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition.”
We are super excited to introduce you to our new 2nd Friday column – The Junior Patriot series!! Jude is a special young man. We’ve been impressed by his love of history and our country – especially at such a young age. We’re excited for him to share history stories and lessons with our readers and trust that you’ll look forward to his posts each month – just as we do! So without further delay, here’s our first post from The Junior Patriot!
The Junior Patriot: Battle of the Cowpens
It was the night of January 16, 1781. In the moonlight, General Daniel Morgan was going from campfire to campfire. He was encouraging and instructing his men for the next day’s battle.
The next day the Battle of the Cowpens was fought. Daniel Morgan’s troops fought those of “Bloody” Banastre Tarloten, infamous for bayoneting 113 Americans to death and wounding 200 others who were trying to surrender at the Waxhaws, South Carolina the previous year. But that day, Tarloten was in for a surprise. The Americans were determined to avenge their fellow patriots’ deaths.
Resilience has been defined as, “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress…It means ‘bouncing back’ from difficult experiences.”
Ever since the founding of our nation, resiliency has been an integral part of the American spirit. Let’s look at some of the many ways are history proves this.
Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Adventure: an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.
Ingenuity: the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful.
What does courage, adventure and ingenuity have to do with making America great, you might ask? Throughout the history of our country we see time and time again the perseverance through difficulty, resourcefulness and tenacity of the people who made America what we know today. Just think about this for a moment, why did the first colonists, settlers, and immigrants come to America in the first place? It wasn’t necessarily the friendliest place on earth. These people didn’t have google to look up climate, growing seasons, or the language of the people. They left everything they had ever known – their homes, friends, and family members because they wanted a new life, religious freedom, or adventure and they did all this not knowing what hazards and difficulties they would face. Here are some examples: