Great Example of Warrior Spirit - From History
Sam Whittemore was 80 years old when the Revolutionary war began. He had heard about the encounter at Lexington and Concord, and decided that he should get in on the action.
As the Redcoats were retreating back toward his town (about 1500 of them), he armed himself with a musket, a brace of pistols, and a saber. He then told his wife he was going to go fight the British.
He found a good spot for an ambush, about 150 yards from the road that the Redcoats would be coming down during their retreat from Concord.
When the British showed up, he began firing on them, picking them off with his musket (an amazing feat at that distance). He, by himself, was perceived as such a threat, that the British sent a large unit to engage him.
Sam hid until the unit was upon him, then sprang from cover to engage them. He crushed one soldier's skull with the butt of his musket, then drew his pistols, killing a man with each shot. As he began to draw his saber, he was shot in the face, and fell to the ground.
The British bayonetted him until they were sure he was dead. After the Redcoats left, Sam, unbeknownst to them, regained consciousness, and despite having part of his face shot away, and being stabbed over 14 times, he made a full recovery, and lived to the ripe old age of 98.
I came across this story, which I have paraphrased, while reading "The Light and the Glory." Thought it was pretty good, so I decided to share it.