I consider myself to be fairly well-informed on historical matters but this is a revelation:
With bipartisan support, a resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Pig War.
Pigs? War? Hot damn!
I mean, I understand that the United States has pretty much been at war since Day One but a pig?
This tense, but manageable, situation spun out of control in June 1859 when a pig owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company wandered into an American farmer’s garden and began to feast on the array of vegetables. The farmer defended his property by shooting the pig. HBC officials were outraged and sought the farmer's arrest. American citizens on the island sent a plea to the mainland for military assistance. In July, George E. Pickett (later of Pickett’s Charge fame) was dispatched to San Juan with a small contingent of soldiers. The British reacted by sending three warships into the harbor to encourage Pickett to withdraw. The American force remained in place and on two occasions was supplemented with additional soldiers. The British countered by sending two more warships.
It turns out that President Buchanan (the only Pennsylvanian to be President - we're sorry) wasn't all that keen to blow up England over a pig.
And anyway, Buchanan was busy shipping weapons to the southern United States.