‘You asked me, my dear father, what bounds I have set to my desire of serving my country in the military line? I answer glorious death, or the triumph of the cause in which we are engaged.’
Such were the brave words addressed by the gallant and dashing Colonel John Laurens to his father, from Washington’s snowbound headquarters at Valley Forge on January 23, 1778.
Thus, after nobly serving his country on numerous great occasions, with characteristic rashness, or perhaps indifference, Laurens needlessly sacrificed his life in a minor military engagement, as victory itself became a promise. In time the Colonies won their well-deserved independence. The fact, therefore, that fate saw fit to grant not one, but both of John Laurens’ expressed wishes, comprises the bitter tragedy of his brilliant but brief career.
|—||From “John Laurens: Carolina’s Romantic Contribution to the Revolutionary Ranks” by Mary-Elizabeth Lynah (via john-laurens)|