I've been unable to find an antagonist who fired the first shot who's side went on to win the war.
Does anyone know of a major conflict where it's literally known who fired the first shot and their side went on to win the war?
I don't think that it is possible. Every war has started over an event, a series of events, and even people, but I cannot imagine there is a single shot that started a war. Even the claim that Edmund Ruffin fired the first shot at Ft Sumter cannot be considered the first shot that started the war, it was again a series of events. Good question. If an answer pops up I'd be interested on the basis, but I think the question is unanswerable.
You could be right, Nick, thanks for answering. I was just wondering with a loose theory that the side that fires the first shot, as at Sumter, loses the war. If true, then who fired first at Lexington may finally be answered. Just fun to ponder on.
I see were you're going Alaster, using the Civil War again as an example, was Ft Sumter the first shot? I don't believe it was. Maybe the first shot was John Brown in Kansas, the Kansas Nebraska Act, Andrew Jackson & Nullification, AntiFederalist
That's right, SC almost seceded in the 1830s. My thoughts were more on the generally considered first shot of a war. But your right again in that the theory probably can't be proven.
Dear Mr. Packer,
I do believe you have left yourself wide open.
There are literally thousands of the fairer sex
that would vouch these words as gospel truth.
Approximately once a month, we find ourselves
forced into an antagonist role by the vexing
hormones that flood throughout our bodies.
When we decide that there will be a fight;
you can bet your bottom dollar that the odds
are in our favor.
We fixate on something as simple as a comment
made in jest last week, nay, last year. And, we
seethe until the time is right. The first shot is
generally in an area thought to be a neutral zone,
like over dinner. While the enemy is looking for
illumination, we take this time to reload. As the
male is checking to see if he still has an ass behind
him, we are already mounted on our brooms and
are flying around the room.
Not only do we fire the first shot, but we continue
to fight and win the battle and eventually the war.
Not to worry, it is all over in around 7 days. By
that time, the arsenic has left the hapless body.
I hope this was helpful.
Wonderful DJ! Absolutely wonderful. You've answered my question exquisitely!
Are you talking about the American Revolutionary War, Alastar?
The first shot fired was at Buckman's Tavern in Lexington. (see Battles of Lexington and Concord). Captain John Parker had militia troops in formation, ready for the British troops who were fast approaching Lexington.
The British were intimidating and threatening the militia when a shot was fired. To this day no one knows for sure exactly who fired the shot. It has been widely believed that a colonist hiding behind bushes or a wall fired that shot at this first battle of the Rev War. And we all know who won the war.
It was a general question Phyllis with a pic a Ft Sumter used as an example. Your right about it being unknown there and that was a premise of my theory that the side that is known to have fired the first shot loses the war. If true then the redcoats
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