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Camerone Day

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I got busy and a few weeks ago I forgot to put up a post in recognition of the Battle of Camerone. Since it is Memorial Day, I'll do it now.

The Battle of Camarone occurred on April 30, 1863, between the French Foreign Legion and the Mexican army. A small infantry patrol led by Captain Danjou, Lt Maudet and Lt Vilain, numbering 62 soldiers and 3 officers was attacked and besieged by a force of 2,000 infantry and cavalry, and made a stand at the Hacienda Camarone, in Camarón de Tejeda, Veracruz, Mexico.

On the 30th of April, 1863, the Legionaires were escorting a resupply convoy and were en route to the city of Puebla. Shortly after 7 a.m., after a 15-mile march, a Mexican Army force of 600 cavalry was sighted. Captain Danjou ordered his men to retreat under fire, and they repelled several cavalry charges, inflicting the heavy losses on the Mexican army.

Seeking a more defensible position, Danjou made a stand at the nearby Hacienda Camarón, a structure protected by a 3-meter-high-wall. The Mexican commander, Colonel Milan, demanded that Danjou and the Legionaires surrender, noting the Mexican Army's numeric superiority.

Danjou replied: "We have munitions. We will not surrender." He and his men swore to fight to the death. Shortly thereafter, 1,200 additional Mexican Infantry arrived.

At noon, Captain Danjou was shot in the chest and died; Lt. Vilain took command. Four hours later, Lt. Vilain was killed.. With ammunition exhausted, and only five Legionaires still alive, Lt. Maudet ordered his men to fix bayonets and charge.

There were two survivors, only because they were surrounded and beaten into submission.

Even then the survivors insisted that they be allowed to keep their weapons, and to escort the body of Captain Danjou back to France.

To that, the Mexican commander commented, "What can I refuse to such men? No, these are not men, they are devils," and, out of respect, agreed to these terms.

Thanks to the heroic stand of the Foreign Legion, the French supply convoy made it safely to Puebla. Today "Camerone Day" is an important day of celebration for the Legionnaires, when the wooden prosthetic hand of Captain Danjou is brought out on display.

After hearing of the battle, French Emperor Napoleon III had the name Camerone embroidered onto the flag of the Foreign Legion.

I think the Battle of Camerone is an appropriate metaphor for Hillary Clinton and her supporters.

"Fix bayonets, and prepare to charge"

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

although they ulimately lost the war.

Poor Maximiilian, the would-be emperor. He was told the Mexican people wanted him to lead the country. Instead, they stood him against a wall and gave him lead poisoning.

His wife, the "Empress Carlotta" went mad.

“Rules are not necessarily sacred,
principles are.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Submitted by nezua limón xol... on

Well, I feel a bit silly anyway. La Battalla de Puebla was a year earlier, qué no?

But the point is...France got kicked out of dear madre mexico, despite their "admirable" stands here or there. Bueno. ¡Invasores!

and well, another point is that some francos stayed behind, and mixed with the population and México is today a melding of so many types, even those who once came from different armies....?

.delusions of un mundo mejor.

Submitted by PA_Lady on

I think the better metaphor for Hillary and her supporters would be Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine at Gettysburg.

Two great armies, families and country divided, etc. And it still ends with a bayonet charge - just a more successful one.

Submitted by lambert on

... "Butternut" squash.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by PA_Lady on

After an hour, I still haven't figured out what you mean... and the great Google was of no help.

It's like one of those trick clues in the crosswords.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm wrong. I thought the "Butternuts" was a nickname for the 20th Maine, but it isn't. So the reason you couldn't figure anything out is that I gave you bad information. Sorry. Haste. My bad. This is interesting, though:

ater in the day, the 20th Maine advanced up the slope in their front, taking possession of Big Round Top, the larger more rugged wooded hill to their south. Assuming a position on the ridge crossed by the Confederates earlier in the day, the far Union left would not again face a serious threat. As their more rarely seen monument proudly states, "The 20th Maine Reg't, Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, captured and held this position on the evening of July 2D, 1863, pursuing the enemy from its front on the line marked by its monument below. The Reg't lost in the battle 130 killed and wounded out of 358 engaged. This monument marks the extreme left of the Union Line during the battle of the 3D day."

Extreme left....

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by PA_Lady on

I can blame you and not my poor, over-worked brain. Woot!