During the uprising of the Vendee when royalists in southern France clashed with the French Republic troops, the young (royalist) general Henri du Vergier, Comte de la Rochejaquelein famously said; "Mes amis, si j'avance, suivez-moi! Si je recule, tuez-moi! Si je meurs, vengez-moi!" ("Friends, if I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!").
I am a university professor and costume professional who calls Virginia home. Interested in costume history, and history in general, I endeavor constantly to better understand life through those who lived it.