January 16 assumes historical significance as death month and day for Peter Francisco (July 9, 1760 to January 16, 1831), George Washington’s “One-Man-Army” and Virginia’s Hercules in the Colonial Revolution of 1776.
The six-foot-six-inch (1.98-meter), 264.55-pound (120-kilogram) “giant from Virginia” belongs in the topmost portions of lists of people who make a difference for their contemporaries and posterity. Recognition considers the assessment by first U.S. President George Washington (February 22, 1732 to December 14, 1799) of unique revolutionary skill sets of Azores-born Peter Francisco. The famous observation determines: “Without him we would have lost two crucial battles, perhaps the War, and with it our freedom. He was truly a One-Man-Army.”
Heroism evokes privileged beginnings and tragic interventions.