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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Revolutionary War: "He Missed his Mark"

One patriot leader who spoke out against General Howe in a biting letter, Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina, was challenged to a duel. In that combat Gadsden had his ear clipped by a short from General Howe's pistol.  Major Andre, then the toast of all of the Tory ladies in Philadelphia, dashed off a poem to celebrate the event.

"He missed his mark but not his aim,
The shot was well directed;
It saved them both from hurt and shame,
What more could be expected?"

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