Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Alligator Horses

Happy Veterans Day! Here's a vet drawing for with a fellow from two hundred years ago.

We got our rear ends handed to us in the War of 1812, but were able to salvage a modicum of military dignity solely on the virtue of our performance in the Battle of New Orleans.  Though Jackson's artillery was the most important factor in the win, it was Henry Clay's Kentucky Riflemen that faced the harshest conditions and the toughest odds, and garnered our state with its national reputation for toughness and tenacity bred of rurality and a youthful reliance on the violent arts.

"We are a hardy, free-born race,
Each man to fear a stranger;
Whate’er the game, we join in chase,
Despising toil and danger.
And if a daring foe annoys,
Whate’er his strength and forces,
We’ll show him that Kentucky boys
Are alligator horses."

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