A Conversation for Why John L Burns Has a Statue in Gettysburg

Blue swallowtail coat? How elegant!

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

I've looked up swallowtail coats from the early 19th Century. I realize that I used to own one -- it was required concert wear for a prestigious chorus I once sang with (I won't brag by saying which one, as I was suddenly not good enough for them by the time I was 33).

When I get nostalgic for those days, I imagine that I'm Fred Astaire in "Top Hat".


Blue swallowtail coat? How elegant!

Post 2

paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

I don't want to downplay Burns's gumption. Imagine throwing confederate soldiers in jail -- or at least trying to. And wearing a tailcoat to war. smiley - laugh A General might, but Burns wasn't even an official soldier.


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