"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV
"That's Right! Uncle Sam Was A Real Person"
Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions
We’ve all seen the pictures and cartoons of Uncle Sam. I can still remember as a kid seeing the army recruiting posters with that picture of Uncle Sam, all dressed in his coat and bow tie and that tall hat, with colors of red, white, and blue. Standing there pointing his finger and saying, "I want you for the U.S. Army".
Now, it was in the 1950’s when the U.S. officially adopted the figure of Uncle Sam as one of our national emblems, but, interestingly enough, he had already stood as a symbol of the American people for over 150 years.
But what most people today don’t know is that the idea of an "Uncle Sam" is actually based on a real person named Sam Wilson. Sam Wilson was a meat packer in the early 1800’S who supplied our American troops food during the War of 1812.
The meat was shipped to the troops in large barrels stamped "U.S.". When someone was asked what those initials stood for, one of the workers said it stood for "Uncle Sam" - and the name just stuck.
The soldiers began to refer to the meat as "Uncle Sam’s Meat"; they referred to themselves as "Uncle Sam’s Army"; and, finally, they claimed they were fighting for Uncle Sam.
But, just how did Uncle Sam come to look the way he does in pictures and drawings today?
The first drawings of Uncle Sam were done in the 1830’S. These drawing showed him to be a tall, skinny character with chin whiskers and wearing a top hat. This vision of Uncle Sam was reinforced during the Civil War when cartoonists actually made him look a lot like Abraham Lincoln, who was also tall, and thin, and wore a top hat?
How about that? Uncle Sam was a real person!