Draconian Death

In the 7th Century BC, Draco became the first legislator of Athens in Ancient Greece. His written laws were particularly harsh and it is from this that the adjective Draconian (referring to severe laws or rules) comes from. It is alleged he died after being suffocated by hats and cloaks Continue Reading

They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance

Union General John Sedgwick was a brave and inspiring figure in the American Civil War. At a skirmish near Spotsylvania Court House, Confederate snipers were causing  problems when he was trying to deploy his men.  The following report by General McMahon who was at his side, describes his unfortunate last conversation: Continue Reading