Among Civil Warriors, I’m old-fashioned. I wear bow ties to speaking events, and sign my books with a fountain pen.
But dog my cats if I have found a finer characterization of who I would like to be—don’t tell my wife—than the description one Federal officer gave to Union Brig. Gen. Marsena Patrick, as quoted in Chris Mackowski and Kris White’s Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg:
“the finest existing fossil of the Cenozoic age.”
Who wants to be an old timer? Few of us! But I’d be proud to have this on my gravestone!