Well, now I think I can die in peace. I’ve seen “the king”!
Who would have ever thought that they’d see Elvis on the square in downtown Dahlonega, GA?!?! I never expected to see him there. So, imagine my surprise when my wife and I had driven up there this past weekend, we parked the truck in the lot (yes, in Georgia if you’re any kind of man at all, you need to have a truck), and headed over to the restaurant where my wife loves to eat when we’re in that town.
We crossed the street, and there, staring me in the face, was the king himself! He was much quieter than I’d expected he would be. And the hair on his chest looked surprisingly like straw, but there was no doubt about who it was. Wow. I was blown away! It’s been over 38 years now since the papers reported that Elvis died (August 16, 1977). Of course, there have been many who believe it was all just a conspiracy, that he’d taken his massive pile of money and gone into hiding. I never was one of those conspiracy theorists, though. I thought he really was dead. Boy, was I wrong!!!
Naturally, as soon as I saw him, I started looking around for Priscilla, but never did see her.
Or, come to think of it, maybe I was right. This Elvis, after all, didn’t make a sound. I couldn’t detect any rising and falling of his chest with that straw-chest hair. And the entire time we ate in restaurant and walked around the square, he didn’t move a muscle. Maybe that’s because he didn’t have any. Maybe he was just an entry in the scarecrow contest. And maybe they fooled me!
Either way, one thing is certain: Elvis isn’t aging at all!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1781, after receiving reinforcements, Major General Nathanael Greene of the Continental Army resumed offensive action against Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Stewart and the British soldiers at Eutaw Springs, located on the banks of the Santee River in South Carolina. The Patriots approached in the early morning, forcing the British soldiers to abandon their uneaten breakfasts in order to fight.
Greene commanded approximately 2,200 men compared to the less than 2,000 British soldiers commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Stewart. Unbeknownst to most of the Patriots, however, British Major John Majoribanks had managed to secure his unit in a stone house, impervious to Patriot Lieutenant Colonel William Washington’s cavalry attack. When Patriot soldiers took over the British camp and began to devour the abandoned breakfast, Majoribanks set his men upon them. A four-hour inconclusive bloodbath in the burning sun ensued, ending in both sides retreating from the battlefield. More than 500 Americans were killed or wounded in the action. British losses were even greater and the greatest sustained by any army in a single battle during the entire Revolutionary War. By the end of the battle, 700 of their soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. Because of the high number of casualties the British sustained, Stewart subsequently ordered his men to withdraw to Charleston, South Carolina, to regroup.
The Battle of Eutaw Springs was one of the hardest fought and bloodiest battles of the Revolution and proved to be the last major engagement of the war to take place in the South. The Patriots’ partial victory cemented their near-complete control of the southern section of the country.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Bears can see almost as well as humans, and they can hear a little better. But they can smell much better. In fact, a bear’s sense of smell is around 100 times greater than a human’s. Polar bears can track down an odor from 20 miles (32 km) away. They can smell a dead seal under 3 feet of solid ice.