Francis Nash (c. 1742 – October 7, 1777) was a brigadier general in
the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. As a lawyer
and public official in Hillsborough, North Carolina, he opposed the
Regulator Movement, an uprising of settlers in the North Carolina
Piedmont between 1765 and 1771. He represented Hillsborough in the
General Assembly of colonial North Carolina, and was a delegate to the
colony's first three Patriot provincial congresses. In 1775, he was
named lieutenant colonel of the 1st North Carolina Regiment under
Colonel James Moore. He was made a brigadier general in 1777 upon
Moore's death, and given command of the North Carolina brigade of the
Continental Army under General George Washington. He was wounded at the
Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777, and died several days later.
Nash was one of ten Patriot generals to die from wounds received in
combat between 1775 and 1781. He is honored by several city and county
names, including Nashville, Tennessee.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Nash>
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(transitive) To recommend the opposite or negation of.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Do not seek to find hope among your leaders. They are the
repositories of poison. Their interest in you extends only so far as
their ability to control you. For you, they seek duty and obedience, and
they will ply you with the language of stirring faith. They seek
followers, and woe to those who question, or voice challenge.
Civilization after civilization, it is the same. The world falls to
tyranny with a whisper. The frightened are ever keen to bow to a
perceived necessity, in the belief that necessity forces conformity, and
conformity a certain stability. In a world shaped into conformity,
dissidents stand out, are easily branded and dealt with. There is no
multitude of perspectives, no dialogue. The victim assumes the face of
the tyrant, self-righteous and intransigent, and wars breed like vermin.
And people die.
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