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oh yeah!

Posted by wendy on November 22, 2000 at 19:49:49:

oh yeah! i'm so happy i've been looing for a patiot forum! i love this movie so much. i'm a bit obsessed, okay a lot, but i have a question for the historians in here (if there is one)
okay in the movie they keep saying that they will give full quarter to those who are wounded and surender. what does that mean?
:0)



Posted by Scott on November 22, 2000 at 21:40:03:
-: In Reply to: oh yeah! posted by wendy on November 22, 2000 at 19:49:49:

Wendy,
It simply means to give mercy. Those men who surrender are given quarter, or mercy, or clemency. It pretty much means that if you surrender and stop fighting, those giving quarter to you will stop fighting back and may care for you, if you're wounded. Hope that answers your question.



Posted by wendy on November 24, 2000 at 19:08:08:

In Reply to: Re: oh yeah! posted by Scott on November 22, 2000 at 21:40:03:

oh thanks so much! does that mean that if you are given full quarter you at let go? like you can go back when you are better or when it's given to you?
:0D



Posted by Scott on November 24, 2000 at 19:15:34:

In Reply to: Re: oh yeah! posted by wendy on November 24, 2000 at 19:08:08:

Not exactly. It basically means they aren't going to kill you. You have surrendered and are no longer fighting, so if you are wounded they will care for you. If not, then you will be treated fair enough, as in food and a decent place to sleep. As far as being let go, that depends on what arrangements have been made between the two warring groups.

In the case of the Revolutionary War, men who were given quarter could take an oath that said they wouldn't fight anymore and they would be released. They would be considered non-combatants. Thomas Sumter was captured by the British, then he took the oath and went home, but the house where his wife and son were staying was burned by the British and he went back on his oath and took up arms again.



Posted by wendy on November 26, 2000 at 20:55:11:
-: In Reply to: Re: oh yeah! posted by Scott on November 24, 2000 at 19:15:34:

Oh wow! thanks. this is so great, now when i have questions i can just come here! thanks a lot!
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