Sunday, March 11, 2012

March 11, 2012

In a speech before both houses of the New Jersey legislature on 25 February 1777, Governor William Livingston condemned the cruelty of British soldiers and Hessian mercenaries during their occupation of the state:

They have warred upon decrepid Age; warred upon defenceless Youth.  

Carl E. Prince, editor, The Papers of William Livingston: Volume 1: June 1774-June 1777 (Trenton: New Jersey Historical Commission, 1979), page 255.  Such outrages, Livingston remarked, inspired "Disgust" even among many former-Loyalists (ibid., page 254).

Please consult Taimoor Shah and Graham Bowley, "Army Sergeant Accused of Slaying 16 in Afghan Village," The New York Time, 11 March 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/asia/afghanistan-civilians-killed-american-soldier-held.html?_r=1  
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