Men and Their Wars

Posted: July 25, 2018 in Uncategorized
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Having been here many times, I have the advantage of knowing where Ted Strutz took this picture. There’s a great deal of history on this gorgeous island. Here’s a snippet for you to enjoy. I’ve added a link at the end so you can read more about Charles and Cutler. I have no idea if Charles had a wife. But that’s what fiction is for. Right? Thanks, Rochelle, for posting today’s Friday Fictioneer prompt.

“Heavens, Charles. The man shot your pig, not your father nor son.”
“Quiet! The wheels already turn. Just today Captain Pickett proclaimed, ‘We’ll make a Bunker Hill of it.'”
Celia raised an eyebrow.
“Cutler should, must be arrested for destroying British property. My stripes, the creature only ate a potato or two! ”
“The Americans are calling for military action. Do you realize you may be starting a war? Over a pig! Honestly, Charles.”
“In addition! Cutler told me I should have kept his potatoes out of my pig. Atrocious!”
Shaking her head, Celia pulled a ham from the oven.

Information about The Pig War


  1. neilmacdon says:

    At least they ate well

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    • Right? This caused America Camp on one side of San Juan Island, and British Camp on the other. One is beautiful and sheltered with lots of gardens, the other is not. Guess which is which? Thanks, Neil.

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  2. StuHN says:

    Waste not, want not.

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  3. Dear Lish,

    I’d say the pig has paid its debt to the farmer. 😉 No doubt his sentence was enjoyed by all who ate him. Delicious story.



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  4. Dale says:

    That was a most fun and original take! I liked it. And, who doesn’t love ham?

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  5. draliman says:

    If someone shot my pig (if I had a pig) I’d certainly declare war 🙂

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  6. tedstrutz says:

    Hot damn, Alicia. One of our two claims to fame. I saw the other one today, splashing in the water as the boats chased them.

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  7. jillyfunnell says:

    Interesting take – and instant oblivion for the pig via the gun was probably preferable to the usual method of despatch.

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    If only all wars were as silly as this one…

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  9. yarnspinnerr says:

    The war continues in other places. This piece has global connotations.

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  10. plaridel says:

    interesting take based on history. quite entertaining and well done. 🙂

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  11. James McEwan says:

    I knew it, Celia started the war!

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  12. Interesting stuff, something i would never had come across had I not drunk from the fictioneer’s cup!

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  13. pennygadd51 says:

    With some men it’s any excuse for a punch-up – or a war. I was glad to read that despite military posturing this was a bloodless conflict (well, except for the pig, of course). Well written, Lish!

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  14. Here in the South we live by a similar set of rules. You can badmouth my wife, children, or relatives, but if you speak evil or threaten my hound dog, it’s grounds for war!

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  15. Sarah Ann says:

    Celia is a long suffering wife I imagine, and a sensible woman. Only men could start a war over potatoes and ham. Women would have invited each other over to share the spoils, surely?

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  16. subroto says:

    A ham handed attempt to start a conflict. But interesting bit of history – didn’t boar me at all. Was it Shakespeare who said “my kingdom for bacon”?

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  17. shivamt25 says:

    I always like it when people blend history with fiction. It was extremely interesting.

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  18. Wow…crazy and fascinating. Thanks for the story and the link.

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  19. I guess the the root cause to the conflict is right under your nose.

    If life brings you pork make sausage not war.

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  20. Laurie Bell says:

    That last line about the pig in the oven. Priceless


  21. Thanks, that made me smile.


  22. granonine says:

    Great story, and I need to follow the link to learn more. Glad they enjoyed the ham 🙂


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