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:

Huggybear said...

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

Huggybear said...

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

Margaret D said...

Hopefully a lesson was learnt - read your mail.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Thanks for sharing!

DeniseinVA said...

Fascinating piece of history. Never knew of this man.

Dascha said...

Oh, never knew this!

xoxo

Kati said...

Haha, too busy drinking and playing cards!

-Kati

Pat Hatt said...

Goes to show you should always read those notes

bj said...

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

Martha said...

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer :)

happyone said...

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

Al Penwasser said...

Arrogance and stupidity. Not much changes.

Jax said...

Oh, wow. Drinking literally cost him his life!

Caramella said...

Didn't know that!! Thanks for sharing

Blue Grumpster said...

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

Christine said...

Useless guy!