|Alvin York & His Mother|
The unbelievable accomplishment led to General Pershing calling him the "greatest civilian-soldier of the war." And, so, it was a delight to read Brett McKay's piece about Sergeant York this morning at Art of Manliness. McKay discusses the lessons men can learn from York's difficult decision regarding what he initially saw as a conflict: his Christian faith and war.
“Mother,” Alvin began, “I promise you tonight that I will never drink again as long as I live. I will never smoke or chew again. I will never gamble again. I will never cuss or fight again. I will live the life God wants me to live.” It was just past midnight on New Year’s Day, 1915, and Alvin York had begun a brand new chapter in his life.It's a great article and I highly recommend it to readers.
I'd also recommend John Perry's book about York. An easy, but good read. And, of course, who can forget the 1941 film classic about York's life which starred Gary Cooper as Alvin York and Walter Brennan as York's mountain preacher. Here's a clip featuring one of my favorite scenes - York being confronted with his conflict of faith and sorting it all out on a mountain top in Tennessee. Classic.
And here's an old newsreel reporting the death of Alvin York.
York's ancestors fought for the Union during the War Between the States.