Friday, November 20, 2015

Fact of the Day: Johann Rall

Johann Rall was a Hessian (German) colonel during the American Revolutionary War. It's believed that on Christmas Day, he was handed a note about George Washington and his army getting close but put it in his coat pocket without reading it. He was too busy drinking and play cards to care. His forces were defeated at the Battle of Trenton and Rall himself was mortally wounded during the battle.  

16 comments:

  1. He certainly wasn't an intelligent officer.
    Officers are suppose to read communications.
    Serves him right that a bullet or a sabre got him.
    B J Hunnicut

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    1. Anyhow he ( Johann Rall of Hesse) was on the side of Mad King George's redcoats.
      B J Hunnicut

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  2. Hopefully a lesson was learnt - read your mail.

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  3. Fascinating piece of history. Never knew of this man.

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  4. Haha, too busy drinking and playing cards!

    -Kati

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  5. Goes to show you should always read those notes

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  6. Shows we better pay attention to what's going on and take those things more seriously.

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  7. I guess it was a good thing he didn't read his mail. : )

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  8. Arrogance and stupidity. Not much changes.

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  9. Oh, wow. Drinking literally cost him his life!

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  10. Didn't know that!! Thanks for sharing

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  11. What! He was too busy drinking and play cards to care? Say it ain't so!

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