It’s Christmas time. No, not the holiday, and not Jason Statham’s kick-butt character from the “Expendables” movie trilogy; we’re talking about the real deal, here. The historical General Lee Christmas was a larger-than-life character who made a name for himself policing, gun-running, and, well, kicking butt in late 19th century Honduras. Grab a gin and tonic and your favorite machine gun: it’s going to be a wild ride.
Show notes and links:
- Ten Medieval Kingdoms and States that No Longer Exist (medievalists.net)
- Moghul armour part two (Lindybeige)
- Afghanistan: the Great Game (telegraph.co.uk)
- Dictionary of the American West: Over 5,000 Terms and Western Expressions from AARIGAA! to Zopilote, by Win Blevins (amazon.com)
- Soldiers of Fortune by Richard Harding Davis (gutenberg.org)
- A Gallery of Gunfighters: Eugene Cunningham, Joseph G. Rosa, Eugene Manlove Rhodes
- General Lee Christmas, train driver turned mercenary (headstuff.org)
- The History Files #38: Interventions (For more on the United Fruit Company)
- The History Files #47: Pancho Villa (Wherein we mention Emil Holmdahl)
- The History Files #42: The Black Count (All about Alexandre Dumas, Sr.)
- War Is A Racket, by Major General Smedley Butler, 1935 (ratical.org)
- Bad Cat Store at Zazzle (zazzle.com)
- Audible.com, the best place on the Internet for audiobooks. Listeners of The History Files can get a free audiobook download and 30 day free trial! Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player.