Note: This was sent by Raymond Ware.
Cincinnaticus Ware (228-148)
While doing research on the Ware name in history I came upon this interesting morsel
Cincinnaticus, herein after referred to as Cincy, it is revealed, served with Hannibal during the Second Punic Wars, (218-203) Records reveal that before crossing the Alps with his army against Rome, Hannibal called Cincy into the War Room, (most likely a tent of great size) and issued him a commission should he accept a most important position in the ranks as the columns moved forward.
Documents indicate the offer was accepted whereupon Cincy was issued a wheelbarrow and a large shovel and told where to take up his position as the army moved forward.
His was a rear guard position as well as a sort of “mop up detail”. As the column moved out, Cincy took up his position behind the elephants as ordered.
After several days march, it became clear to Cincy, that his position certainly was not one of combat with the enemy.
After much digging into the daily log books recording the drive, we find that Cincy questioned his commander regarding the importance of his (Cincy’s) role in the campaign.
Copies of Hannibal’s reply indicate that Cincy was to keep the rear clear should the necessity of a retreat occur.
Once the duties of the position became clear, Cincy apparently accepted his role with gusto.
History tells us that altho no retreat back over the Alps occurred, the way was clear for that if need be thanks to Cincinnaticus Ware. Hannibal eventually lost the war and became a famous General. Cincinnaticus, on the other hand, did not become famous, but did find a place in history.
Cincy retraced his steps back over the Alps on his way home. Noticing the natives giving wary glances, he thought it best to be rid of his army attire.
After obtaining a set of different clothes, he set about burning the old uniform. The resulting blaze put such amazement upon the locals that the site became the Capital of Switzerland, now known as Bern City.
Look it up.