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Remember that time Nathan put his foot his mouth and got punched in the face for it? Yeah, apparently Alan hasn’t forgotten, either.
Joseph Warren was already famous before he died but martyrdom sealed the deal. After his death, Warren became a legend. When I visited Forrest Hills Cemetery last summer, I found an interesting inscription on Mary Warren’s grave. It reads, “She was… an object of general interest in the town of Roxbury.” Of course she was. She was the great, fallen General Joseph Warren’s mother.
In Dr. John Warren’s biography (written by his son Edward), the following story is told. This tale is funny because apparently Dr. John was a speedster (multiple such accounts are in the bio), but more importantly, the final line reveals the regard he was held in for being the brother of Dr. Warren, even 20 years after his death at Bunker Hill.
“When [John Warren] drove in a sulky or chaise, he drove very rapidly; sometimes fearfully so. On one occasion, Dr. Danforth accompanied him to a consultation. He afterwards declared in very strong language that he would never ride with Dr. Warren again. ‘He would sooner ride with the d—l.’ The streets of Boston were not very much crowded in those days; rapid progression was easier. A military company sometimes barred the way, and on one occasion, a captain who knew him and perceived his rapid approach, gave the order to open to the right and left; either respecting the surgeon’s haste, or paying this honor to the brother of the slain general.”
Nathan’s taunt makes more sense now, right? So does this scene.
If you didn’t read the blog last week, click to read what that skull is all about in today’s update. Dr. Warren’s brothers as well as Paul Revere were present when his body was exhumed to be moved to a more appropriate burial site. He had been in the ground on Breed’s Hill for a year after a British Officer, in his own words, “stuffed the scoundrel with another rebel, into one hole, and there he, and his seditious Principles may remain.”
Well, he and his Principles remained there for only a year until the British evacuated the city and left Breed’s Hill unguarded. Paul Revere was able to positively ID the body once it was dug up as belonging to Warren.
John Warren was no stranger to corpses. In college he was a part of a secret club at Harvard called the Spunkers who would dig up bodies to dissect and study for medical purposes. Because of this, I’ve always wondered how he responded that day. He took the news of his brother’s death very, very hard. So my guess is that his response was less than clinical. None the less, it must have been closure– there could be no more doubt.
I know the two deaths are unrelated, but I’ve often pitied the family of another of our favorite patriots who got no such closure after rumors of his death circulated unconfirmed.
But I get ahead of myself…
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I’ll be at a brand new convention next month in Huntington, WV. Tristate Con is a one day show, June 9th. I’ve been asked to be on the webcomics panel. So if you’re in the area, make plans to come!