Mt. Vernon Graffiti
While at Mt. Vernon today my husband noticed some etchings in the bricks that make up the "New Tomb" of George and Martha Washington. Pressed for time (school field trip Chaperone) he was only able to snap a few pics. As you can see one etching is "A.R. 1861" , while another clearly says "J.L. Chamberlain", et al. Has anyone any research on this, such as the veracity, possible date of creation, etc.? We hope to get back to try and distinguish the other graffiti. Supposedly it was discovered when old, overgrown ivy was pulled off the tomb wall. Fascinating stuff...
What makes some people able to come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don't. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those who go under...? I only know that the survivors used to call that quality 'gumption.' So I wrote about the people who had gumption and the people who didn't."
Margaret Mitchell Marsh