Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 25: Gothic Ravages

   In a February 25, 1777 speech before both houses of the state legislature, New Jersey Governor William Livingston recounted the "more than Gothic Ravages" committed by British forces during their December 1776 occupation of New Jersey.  Livingston mentioned that British soldiers "butchered the Wounded asking for Quarter" and "mangled the Dying wheltering in their Blood."
   The Goths were a Germanic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd century of the Common Era.  For the above quotes, please consult Carl E. Prince, editor, The Papers of William Livingston: Volume 1: June 1774-June 1777 (Trenton: New Jersey Historical Commission, 1979), pages 254, 255.
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