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George Prevost on The Past Talk Show Hello people today we are going to interview George Prevost ghost! Interviewer: Hello Mr. George Prevost. G.P: Hello. Interviewer: Well today we are going to talk about your past, but before we get started can you please tell us what do you think about the tea act when the people threw tea into the harbor?. G.P:I think the people wanted liber-tea. Ha-ha ha! Interviewer: Nice pun sir. G.P: Okay, but please don’t ask me too hard questions. Interviewer: What was the cause of your death? G.P: Oh, I remember it was January 5th 1816, I was already in ill health and died a week before it was due to convene. I had a severe case of Dropsy. Interviewer: Next question, When we’re you married? G.P: It was, May 19th 1789. Before the French Revolution. Interviewer: Oh, next, have any of your relative been in the British army? G.P: My father was a British army officer who served under Wolfe at Quebec in 1759 and fought in the Siege of Savanah, my uncle James Marcus or Mark Prevost was a British Army officer of French-Swiss origin, and my nephew James Charles Prevost was an admiral in the British Royal Navy. Interviewer: So 3 relatives, anyway how many wars did fight or involved in? G.P: Two for sure, the French Revolutionary wars and the war of 1812. Interviewer: You did conduct of the Canadian War of 1812 right. G.P: Yes, you’re right. Interviewer: Next is, oh what happened at the Battle of Plattsburgh? G.P: The war ended the final invasion of the northern states of the United States during the War of 1812. A British army led by me and naval squadron under Captain George Downie converged on the lakeside town of Plattsburgh, which was defended by New York and Vermont militia and detachments of regular troops of the United States Army, all under the command of Brigadier General Alexander Macomb, and ships commanded by Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough. Interviewer: Didn’t Captain George Downie die in action. G.P: Sadly yes. Interviewer: Now, how was your religious life, holy or unholy? G.P: I think it was unholy because the war and job as governor distracted me from having a religious life. The last time I went to a church Is when I died and buried in the church of St Mary the Virgin, East Barnet, near London, England. Interviewer: I think this question is a bit hard but let’s give it a try, why did you join the British army? G.P: I think I joined the British army because of the siege of Québec in 1759, and because my father served in the army during the ‘Seven years war. Interviewer: Looks like that was easy for you, next, was your previous office Governor General of The Canadas ? G.P: Yes, I was the Governor General of The Canadas during 1811–1815, not that long just 4 years. Interviewer: Did the Napoleonic wars affect the War of 1812? G.P: The United States attempted to remain neutral during the Napoleonic period, but eventually became embroiled in the European conflicts, leading to the War of 1812 against Great Britain. So not really. Interviewer: That always confused me. When were you appointed as the lieutenant of St . Lucia? G.P: On 1 January 1798, I became a colonel, and on 8 March I became a brigadier-general, when I was 30. In May I was appointed to be the lieutenant governor of St Lucia, where my fluency in French and conciliatory administration won me the respect of the French planters living there. Interviewer: Lots of promotions I see. G.P: Yes, allot. Interviewer: What made you feel that you should join the British army as a youth? G.P: There was a lot of problems where I was and the thing my dad and uncle were soldiers influenced me to help my country. Interviewer: What was your experience during the war of 1812? G.P: It was harsh and cruel, even above the din of battle, the screams of wounded men could be heard. A man who had had a leg blown off by a cannon ball, or his stomach punctured by a bayonet, was not likely to die quietly. Wounded men often lost control of bodily functions. Battlefields, therefore, stank of bodily fluids. In the aftermath of a clash, people could smell a battlefield a mile away. As you got closer, you could hear the cries of the wounded men still lying in the field. Their lament became known as the Holy Trinity of the Battlefield: God, Mother and Water. For the wounded soldier, the nightmare was just beginning. A military hospital could be even more deadly than the battlefield. The surgeon’s main tools were the probe, with which he dug out bullets, and the bone saw, with which he amputated limbs (earning surgeons the nickname “Sawbones”). There were no anesthetics, so the patient had to be restrained and given a piece of leather to bite on. Surgeons such as William “Tiger” Dunlop wrote that they were sometimes ankle-deep in blood. Outside the hospital tent would be a pile of body parts. Even if the soldier survived the surgery, there was still the threat of infection. Antibiotics like penicillin that are invented these days were unheard of then. All I can say all wars are same but they all are brutal, cruel, and harsh to see. Interviewer: That is pretty sad, just like you sad wars are brutal like WW2 concentration camps and more. Well folks that’s all for tonight, thank you Mr. George Prevost.