Thursday, April 28, 2016

Heroine of the American Revolution

Mercy Otis Warren wrote the first history of the Revolutionary War. She should know. She was there.

Warren was a Massachusetts author who was one of the first women to publish independent works concerning political issues. Mercy got her start before the War officially began because she wanted to do something to reach the common people with revolutionary ideas. These papers and plays were often satirical and almost exclusively aimed to undermine royal authority. After gaining financial support from John Adams, her works alarmed readers about British attacks on colonial liberties and helped to spread the charge for independence. She could not put her name on the plays, as making fun of the British carried a high price - punishment and possibly jail time. 

She was also casual correspondent and adviser to John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and John Adams, her literary mentor. 

With her husband gone off to fight, Mercy decided to write the history of the American Revolution using her notes from meetings and conversations. Her efforts were published in 1805, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution.
It was the first history of the Revolution penned by a woman (and she published it under her own name, rather than adopting a man’s).

Monday, April 25, 2016

Axe Artistry from Contemporary Makers Blog

All these pictures came from the archives of the Contemporary Makers Blog. Always search the archives when you are looking for ideas. 

Rich McDonald

Bryan Anderson

Brian Barker 

Carl Pippert

Todd Daggett

Jeff Cline

Rich Guthrie

Eric Schatzel

Jim Hayes

Jerry Eitnier

Glen McClain

Kyle Willyard
These are just samples of why you should follow the Contemporary Makers blog..... HERE ..... Many thanks goes to Art and Jan Riser who have posted thousands upon thousands of photos on their blog and showcased hundreds of contemporary makers. It is "THE" source for the longrifle culture.

Monday, April 4, 2016

"Once Upon A Time", in April

April 4, 1756 The Battle of Sideling Hill was an engagement between Pennsylvania colonial militia and a band of Native Americans that had recently attacked Fort McCord and taken a number of colonial settlers captive. On April 1, 1756, a band of Delawares stormed Fort McCord in western Pennsylvania, where they captured or killed 27 settlers. In response to the raid, three bands of militia were sent in pursuit. Captain Alexander Culbertson's company, numbering about 50, caught up with the Delawares three days later, near present day Maddensville, Pennsylvania. In a two-hour engagement, both sides suffered heavy casualties, but the colonists were driven off by the arrival of reinforcements.


April 9, 1865, At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Forced to abandon the Confederate capital of Richmond, blocked from joining the surviving Confederate force in North Carolina, and harassed constantly by Union cavalry, Lee had no other option.


 April 12, 1861, The first Battle of Fort Sumter opened at 4:30 a.m., Confederate batteries opened fire, firing for 34 straight hours, on the fort and continued all day. These were the first shots of the American Civil War. The fort had been cut off from its supply line, and surrendered next day.


April 14, 1860, The first Westbound Pony Express trip, which left St. Joseph on April 3, 1860, arrived San Francisco, California, on April 14. These letters were sent under cover from the East to St. Joseph, and never directly entered the U.S. mail system. To this day there is only a single letter known to exist from the inaugural westbound trip from St. Joseph, Missouri to San Francisco, California.



"Concord Bridge". 19th of April, 1775 , Minute Companies confront British regulars at Concord Bridge.
"Concord Bridge"

April 19, 1775, The Battles of Lexington and Concord kicked off the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American colonies and the British authorities, particularly in Massachusetts. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column. A confrontation on the Lexington town green started off the fighting, and soon the British were hastily retreating under intense fire.


 April 27, 1813, During the War of 1812 the Battle of York took place. York (Toronto) was the capital of Upper Canada. Landing to the wast the Americans suppressed a small group of warriors defending the shore, while knocking out the town’s meager batteries. The American force of 1700 men easily assumed control. With the fort poorly defended by an undersized garrison of 700 soldiers and backed by an unenthusiastic militia, the British General Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe, retreated, leaving behind two local militia officers to negotiate the terms of surrender.


April 28, 1760, The Battle of Sainte-Foy, sometimes called the Battle of Quebec, was fought near the British-held town of Quebec in the French province of Canada during the French and Indian War. It was a victory for the French but it was also their last victory of the French and Indian War.


  April 30, 1803, The Louisiana Purchase was concluded. The acquisition of the Louisiana Territory for the bargain price of less than three cents an acre was among Thomas Jefferson’s most notable achievements as president. American expansion westward into the new lands began immediately, and in 1804 a territorial government was established. On April 30, 1812, exactly nine years after the Louisiana Purchase agreement was made, the first state to be carved from the territory–Louisiana–was admitted into the Union as the 18th U.S. state.