I am not dropping this point or thread.
I just wish to note that the information thus far received by me has been from my own library. (ex: "The Bloody Ground" by either Cornwell or Coyle or or other references) , from you , or the actual Antietam website.
This is far from my strongest Hoplogical area, so I wil not be correcting or judging anyone but myself.
Thanks for the note about the Thurstons, Fred. I have been able to trace the name and general geneology to Gloucester Ma., Freedom New Hampshire, Medfield, MA , Maine, Virginia, Texas and Nova Scotia (aka New Scotland although the Romans refered to the area as Caledonia. As a happenstance i note that there is an Island in the Pacific near to Savo and Guadalcanal Named New Caledonia).
Athough the name seems and is apparently Saxon or Nordic (Thor's Son)and appears in history and the present day as Thurstan (old) Thureson, Thureison, Thorson, Thurson etc...a strong Scots Irish influence seems to be present.
They were Definitely not "Mayflower" folk but seem to be tied to the Massachussets Bay Colony initially as opposed to Plymouth Colony. New Hampshire was close by and Maine was still part of Massachussetts.
My own immediate forbears came from Port Maitland, N.S. and it has been difficult to get beyond that point as the Town Records are not online.
Port Maitland was a refuge for many of "Clan Maitland" (of Scotland I assume) and others at various times. Note, I have not researched the area of the origins of Clan Maitland.
It is remotely possible that the Thurstons of Port Maitland, got there in "Oliver Wiswell" (Kenneth Roberts) fashion ie: by being ejected from the the Boston area. In the case of many such refugees the chosen destination were the Canadian Maritime Provinces.
For an 'Anglo' refugee from Revolutionary America, this is where many had ties and/or would have felt most comfortable. I speak of Port Maitland and Yarmouth only as the Province has a strong French component.
Wiswells and perhaps Thurstons were perhaps among the many "Tory" loyalists 'asked" to leave the Boston area, a veritable hotbed of revolution, where in other areas of the East and Northeast they were tolerated as long as no real actual assistance to the Loyalist cause was noted.
Robert's writings show a strong New England Base: (Northwest Passage; Portsmouth New Hamsphire; Arundel Maine, Rabble In Arms, Oliver Wiswell;Massachusetts and, "Captain From Connecticut" about a privateer captain I think)
I digress. We'll go , back to Antietam and the Civil War vis a vis the present struggle. .
By way of Comparison again, does anyone really feel that an entire sex is not enslaved in countries that adhere strictly to some customs of the Islamic past?
My one time Pakistani born Paralegal, who was Catholic, female, and had an English surname, felt compelled to leave Pakistan.
I can't imagine why? (sic)
She told me that many Pakistanis of all religions send their children to what we would call "Parochial" schools as the education is good.
But she also said that that did not prevent hers and her friends from occasionly being subjected to verbal and physical abuse, rising only as high being hit by a thrown stone.
I don't suppose the Catholic School Uniforms helped.
Of course that begs the question, why should we not follow a 'prime directive' ie: not to interfere with the development of another culture except in defense of one's own?
Personally I think, and others have stated, that many Arab Nations are stuck in the 15th Century. Should we always intervene. NO of course not, unless this stunted development or mutation threatens our national interests as OBL has.
OBL instead seeks to forces his views upon the world and, as proof of the thereom, invited the U.S. to convert, not understanding that any individual in this country is free to convert should they so choose, and that the state does not 'impose' religion on its citizens.
I hope Stryke tumbles over this if he should desire a partial reading list for French and Indian War novels and/or novels of the Revolution and The Civil War.
"All Enlightenment Gratefully Accepted"