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"