What the frack, Frick!

25 Jun

“As a soldier, Frick was perfectly willing to fight; he simply couldn’t distinguish friend from foe.”Gettysburg_Guelzo

My summer pleasure read is Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen Guelzo.

I might have mentioned that before. I know. Total geek.

Reading yesterday (Finally! This past week has been such a whirlwind of emotion and life and death I hadn’t managed to even get near it; but now, on the patio under a gentle rain to the strains of the deluxe soundtrack of the same name, at last, for just a moment, I read and relish.)


Reading yesterday I met someone new to me.

Jacob Gellert Frick.

At the time of the battle of Gettysburg he was forty-five and was in charge of all bridges and fords on the line of the Susquehanna in Lancaster County as the rebels approached.

Guelzo describes the achievements and the man:

“In 1862, Frick took command of the 129th Pennsylvania, a nine-months’ regiment raised for the Antietam emergency, and won distinction for leading his regiment, colors in hand, at Fredricksburg, and then saving the same colors when they nearly fell into rebel hands at Chancellorsville. Frick’s problem was his prickly sense of rectitude about his own judgmentAs a soldier, Frick was perfectly willing to fight; he simply couldn’t distinguish friend from foe.”

We can all be such prickly fracking Fricks (for me, that sentence alone is worth the price of admission).

So ready to suspect the unsavory woman at the well who, in fact, is the door leading to the heart of an entire village.

To call fire down from heaven on another inhospitable village.

To shut down demon expelling because the expellers never attended our meetings.

To crucify the hand we see as the ultimate threat when in fact it belongs to the Prince of Peace.


What the Frick…


Posted by on June 25, 2013 in haverings


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3 responses to “What the frack, Frick!

  1. retroillini

    June 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    oooo. its a sound recording…. thanks for scrumptious recommendation….

  2. ericstollerdonahue

    June 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I relate with this as well Mike. Allowing my judgments and opinions, my human nature if you will, to rule my perception and actions rather than the new heart. As always, thanks for the great post!

  3. wordhaver

    June 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks Eric…would love to see you guys again before you skedaddle…unless you’ve already skedaddled 🙂


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