Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sunday marks 150th anniversary of William Walker death by Honduran firing squad

Grave of William Walker in Trujillo, Honduras
Photo by ultimo bucanero.  Source:
This Sunday, September 12, 2010, is the 150th anniversary of the death of Nashville man William Walker at the hands of a Honduran army firing squad.

You remember William Walker - he is the Nashvillian who the New York Times pretty much called the most famous man in the world, who was the "King" of the filibuster as the filibuster was originally known, who became president of Nicaragua but never reached his 40th birthday, and whose defeat is still celebrated today with a national holiday in Costa Rica.

Don't count on any ceremonies here in his hometown, however. This post on will likely be the only place in Nashville you will read about the sesquintennial of Walker's death. As the New York Times put it in 1860, when describing Walker's proper place in public thought:
If he be a brigand, and an enemy of the human race, as most civilized people now consider him, he has merited the gallows a dozen times over for divers[e] robberies, murders and piracies; and if he be a hero and philanthropist, he ought to be hanged for making so many attempts, causing so much bloodshed and never succeeding.
Read the Wikipedia article on William Walker here. View a photo tour of the last days of William Walker here.  For all of the articles about William Walker that have been posted on, conveniently located on a single page, click here.

Illustration of William Walker execution from Our First Century
by R.M. Devens, C.A. Nichols & Co., Springfield, Mass., 1876

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