Friday, March 18, 2016

Fact of the Day: Cornwallis Irony

The Stamp Act of 1765 was one of the causes of the American Revolutionary War. Not many in British Parliament voted against it. Charles Cornwallis who had a seat in the House of Lords voted against it feeling sympathy for the colonists. He ironically would become the most famous British general during the American Revolutionary War. 

10 comments:

Huggybear said...

Lord Cornwallis - very pompous fellow but he must have learnt something after being defeated by the US colonists at Yorktown, as he improved in posts after that in India and Ireland.
Maybe the Mel Gibson movie, "The Patriot", portrayal of his leadership, as he was a sticker for the rules of warfare at that time, is subject to conjecture???
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Mary Kirkland said...

Interesting. I didn't know that.

Martha said...

That is pretty interesting!

Christine said...

Interesting.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sympathy is one thing but he did his duty when ordered to.

Pat Hatt said...

Never would have thought he was very sympathetic

Dixie@dcrelief said...

interesting. Thanks, Adam.

stephen Hayes said...

I didn't know this. Interesting that the artist who created the portrait you've included did nothing to minimize his portliness.

bj said...

thanks, Adam

Kay said...

I'm so bad on history, I had to look up what the stamp act was. Interesting about Cornwallis.