Sorrows Hung Draped On Their Spirits

George Washington's Private Journals





New York was certainly large enough to absorb whatever elements came its way. The British officers stationed there enjoyed the high life, only occasionally interrupted by the pests that kept leading the troops into battle.


General George Washington knew that the battle near the Rooster River was lopsided. There were fifteen Redcoats to a single Colonist, and his men paid dearly. They took a beating and then fell back so that they could lick their wounds.

Washington was counting heads from the side of his tent, saw the beaten Colonists drifting past all morning. In his belly rose a cold shakiness. His counting went idle, he knew that his soldiers' own sorrows hung draped on their spirits like binding chains.

Most of his men fought with dedication and he would excuse the few that ran away like hawk frightened chickens. Seeing a crowd of soldiers cover you like dark clouds would have put fear in anyone's heart. The General understood that.

Then the General watched two men carrying a young boy. He had to be no more than fifteen years old. There was dried blood on the sides of his face, one shirt sleeve was torn away and he limped badly even though he was being helped.

“How is he?” asked Washington.

The young boy's bloody face turned toward Washington. He swayed, but struck away a man's steadying hand. He wanted to stand and salute General George Washington all on his own.

“Ready for duty sir!” He labored.

“I know you are lad,” Washington replied. “But not today.”

“I'll always be ready sir, just call on me. My name is Paul Revere.”

Washington nodded.

“Sir, he is the only survivor of his group,” shouted the man on the boy's left side.

“What?” Washington gasped.

“There is a deep pit,” the man paused for a moment. “A grave, we tossed in twenty two young men no older than this one into that grave, and left two of my men standing guard until we get back to help fill it.”

Washington closed his eyes hard and said,” whose was their commanding officer?”

“Conrad Matteson,” he replied. “We found him lying in a ditch. His guts covering a lot of real estate.”

“Carry on men,” Washington sighed.

“General,” Revere called from bending knees. “I'll do it again for freedom. We all fought hard and took out so many redcoats. I do understand sir, that it takes luck to win a battle.”

George Washington walked over to the young boy and helped him stand straight up with the help of the other two men. He then looked right into the boy's eyes and said. “But it takes guts to fight one. And you Paul Revere have guts.”


The physical fighting have subsided for the time being, as George Washington watched the trio walk away. He realized life in the colonies was becoming fragile and the fight for freedom could shatter it at any given moment. Then Paul Revere's words struck him hard: I'll Do It Again For Freedom!

© 2015 Frank Atanacio

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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

I love this chapter of "George Washington's Private Journals" Frank. Great writing.


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always exploring 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

This makes me proud to be an american. Great episode Frank.


christinemariezzz 16 months ago

Frank,

...he swayed, ...but struck away... Splendid 5 words!

Aimed right at the vein of emotion needed for the 11 or so

lines of conversation.

(Damn it- you write my novel.(LOL)

Seriously, Dialogue is the luminary of this diary page!

I was moved by this one Frank.

Nice, very nice.

-christinemariezzz


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Jodah for visiting :)


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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Right into the nitty gritty of battle and yet a step away to see the big picture. Brilliant. This one will leave a lasting imprint.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Eric, always exploring for reading my flash.. and thank you christine for making me laugh bless you all :)


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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

Excellent as always, Frank. I love historical fiction. It might be my favorite genre, so thanks for pleasing me.


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cam8510 16 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

"....sorrows hung draped on their spirits like binding chains." That is a brilliant and memorable phrase Frank. Good writing. Good story.


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Ruchira 16 months ago from United States

Wow! loved how you uncovered it, Frank!


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clivewilliams 16 months ago from Nibiru

War.....always fought because of some ones ideology.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

I always like to save the best for last in my daily reading, and so I guess this will be my last one for the night.

Poor ole George ...thank you for sharing of George's privates for I love them as I do your shorts : ) I mean fiction short stories.

Seriously, this historical fiction piece here is brilliant and with the added twist of Paul Revere, awesome, dear Frank. A lot of really great lines here, and that title too. You always tempt with the title to draw us in to not be disappointed.

Blessings,

Snoops out ...


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

Billybuc, Cam.. thank you guys for checking out my fiction bless you both :)


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks Ruchira and Clive for checking out my story.. bless you guys too


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Faith for reading my historical fiction.. always good to know you're still faithful to my shorts.. bless you and good night


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whonunuwho 16 months ago from United States

No matter what some may say...the doubters...this country was built upon such greatness and will always be just that...a truly great nation. True, there have been those who would tear us down from within...they just don't realize who they are messing with. It will come back on them in time. Thank you for this reminder my friend. whonu


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

Frank, I like the dialogue between Washington and Revere. Feel ike I was part of the great moment. Your story-telling is tops.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much MsDora and whonunuwho for checking out my fiction, bless you both


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ahorseback 16 months ago

I love our history Frank ! This era was made up of men of the likes that we know so little about today . I recently have been looking up our family genealogy, and have found a Fisher ancestor from Mass /Conn.. Colonies who served on G.W. 's - Life Guards , the personal guards of our first president !+++++ Awesome hub !


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

wow that was fascinating ahorseback, thanks for sharing


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FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

This is darn near poetic how you capture the visceral emotion of war. Are you sure you are not some reincarnated figure, having been there? Voted way up and more. Although HP won't let me share this on the current device I am on, I will be back later to do so. Awesome stuff, Frank.


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aviannovice 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

And Revere actually did that more than once. Nice work, Frank. You put your heart into that one.


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Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Frank, I am beginning to think you were there in a another life, my friend. This is excellent writing.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Flourish always good seeing you :)


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you aviannovice


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

Genna East thank you.. or are you just calling me very old? LOL


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Dana Tate 16 months ago from LOS ANGELES

As always Frank, this was an excellent read! Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you Dana Tate :)


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The Examiner-1 16 months ago

Wow Frank. I had no idea about Washington and Paul Revere being in the same war, on the same side. I knew that Washington was in that war but I thought that Revere was a myth. That was breathtaking to learn. I shared and pinned it.

Kevin


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Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading my fiction Examiner :)


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

Historical fiction is a fave of mine along...you have outdone yourself here....

this line resonates....

'his soldiers' sorrows hung draped on their spirits like binding chains....' I can feel the passion...

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Sending Angels your way this evening ps


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much pstraubie for checking out my historical fiction :) Bless you


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B Brian Hill 14 months ago from Long Island, New York

I love the little snippet. As a person of Irish background, I can tell you that over 70% of Wahington's army was Irish, and my roots go back to there. You have captured the emotion of the original passion in which the fight for independence was fought. Great work!


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Brian :)


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PegCole17 14 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Frank, I like this venture into American history. The characters came alive on the page as you recreated the dialogue that might have been.


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton Author

Pegcole thank you and good to see you

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