Saturday, January 8, 2011

Remembering the Past; Setting Direction for the Future -- Part 2

Today's blog post was written by Mike Todd.

During my readings on the battle of Kettle Creek, I came across a wonderful story of respect and honor:

Colonel Andrew Pickens
After the action had ended, Colonel Pickens of the American forces went to Colonel Boyd of the Loyalist forces to tend to his needs as Colonel Boyd had received a mortal wound during the battle.  Colonel Boyd thanked him for his civilities.  They discussed the battle and Colonel Boyd concluded by saying that he only had a few hours to live and requested that Colonel Pickens leave him with two men to furnish him with water and bury him after he died.  Colonel Boyd also asked Colonel Pickens to inform his wife as to his fate and send her his personal effects.  Colonel Boyd died that night and Colonel Pickens faithfully complied with his wishes. 

So many times in today's world, we lose sight of the human side of people with opposing views.  When prevailing over others with different views, I would hope that we would be able to "cross the aisle" and invoke a spirit of humanity and humility to offer assistance and respect.  As a country we have done this many times in the past and this is one of the many things that will continue to make us great in the future.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Remembering the Past; Setting Direction for the Future

Today's Blog post was written by Mike Todd:

We at the Fitzpatrick Hotel would like to take some time to highlight an upcoming event in February -- the anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek.  The battle was fought on February 14, 1779, in Wilkes County, Georgia, outside of Washington. 

Six Hundred Loyalists led by Colonel James Boyd were encamped atop a hill in a bend of Kettle Creek when they were attacked by 340 South Carolina and Georgia Militiamen.  Colonel Andrew Pickens of South Carolina led his 200 men in a direct assault on the hill while Colonel John Dooly and Lieutenant Colonel Elijah Clarke of Georgia attacked the camp across the creek on the left and right, respectively.  Boyd was mortally wounded during the attack and the Loyalists panicked and were driven across the creek.  Approximately 270 Loyalists escaped the battle of Kettle Creek.  

Two hundred and thirty-two years later, it is humbling to think of these individuals and the risk they took.  As we face 2011, we see a tremendous economic and political struggle playing out in this country.  A struggle in which so many do not fight for this great country, but for personal gain and individual wants. At this juncture in history it is only appropriate to pray that we can lay down personal agendas and find the willingness of self sacrifice that is needed to win all great battles. 

Over the next few weeks we will continue to highlight this great event in history with an eye toward the future. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcoming 2011

2010 is now history.  It was eventful for us in a number of ways -- the most significant of which was our taking the hotel operations back over.  Although this event did not happen by our choice, it has been great being involved with the Fitzpatrick and Washington again. 

I am looking foward to 2011 and excited about what it might bring.  There are many initiatives that we are working on such as marketing the hotel to retreat groups, planning a bike ride in May 2011, and possibly hosting our own marriage conference.  We are also continuing to work on refurbishing the rooms The new year has so many possibilities!

Happy new year and welcome 2011!