Bastille Day

For our many ethnic French readers.


8 thoughts on “Bastille Day”

  1. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOwweeeeeeeeeeeeee I kindly thank you Sop———————————– VIVA LA JEFFERSON !!!!!!! —- Let’s pray to Our Savior that all the toxic JP politicians leave with the foreign toxic oil that plagues our communities so we can once again shout from the tree tops——— FREEDOM !!!!!!—————————- OOOOOOOOOOOwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  2. Que le Bon Dieux vous benisse sop.
    May the good God bless you sop
    Vive la Liberte, Elle est une femme formidable!
    Viva Liberty, she is a formidable woman!
    Au revoir et merci.

  3. And let’s not forget the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, attributable (almost single-handedly) to the father of American democracy, whose writings should be REQUIRED READING for every American school boy and girl, Thomas Jefferson. And just a few short years thereafter, the Americans’ “hold” on the City of New Orleans was challenged by the British. And who did future President Andrew Jackson call on to help defend the City? FRENCHMEN, who included Jean and Pierre Lafitte, the Plauche’ Family whose ancestors defended Gentilly Ridge, which was an alternate route into the City, the Villere Family, one of whom sounded the alarm in Chalmette, and of course that famous Napoleanic and Lafitte artillerist Dominique You, who was so close to the Lafittes that he was reputed to be the “third brother”. And then there were a great number of immigrants from the French Colonies of Santo Domingo, Martinique and elsewhere who fled the slave rebellions in their former “homes” (remarkably, things haven’t “improved” in ANY of those places in 200 years), who manned the battlements armed with shotguns and dueling pistols. Dominique You is reputed to have fired the cannon full of grapeshot (a/k/a/ canister) which mortally wounded General Packenham (the Duke of Wellington’s brothet-in-law). So a lot of us in New Orleans have a lot to thank the French for: Don’t forget the Marquis de Lafayette who helped defeat the British in the Revolutionary War, and the French Revolution, which “sparked” our own (bring back the guillotine; it’s needed here more than ever!). Ashton O’Dwyer (whose paternal GrandFather was named “Deneumoustier”, and whose Father hailed from Liege, the French-speaking part of Belgium).

  4. Nursing “hangovers” from gorging on “good” French wine and rich food on Bastille Day? I wish to correct two “errors in navigation”: (1) It was Major Lacoste, not Major Plauche, with “a company of colored men” from Feliciana, who was appointed to defend Gentilly Ridge from attack via Chef Menteur. I believe that Major Lacoste and his men were withdrawn to Jackson’s main line at the Rodrigue Canal in Chalmette prior to the “battle main” on January 8, 1815. Major Plauche was there with his battallion of militia as well. (2) I meant to say “maternal GrandFather”. But what the heck? “Northern Europeans” all. Would that we all could be so lucky.

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