Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hero of the Revolution

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In New York City on September 22, 1776, Nathan Hale, a Connecticut schoolteacher and captain in the Continental Army, is executed by the British for spying.

A graduate of Yale University, Hale joined a Connecticut regiment in 1775 and served in the successful siege of British-occupied Boston. On September 10, 1776, he volunteered to cross behind British lines on Long Island to spy on the British in preparation for the Battle of Harlem Heights.

Disguised as a Dutch schoolmaster, the Yale-educated Hale slipped behind British lines on Long Island and successfully gathered information about British troop movements for the next several weeks. While Hale was behind enemy lines, the British invaded the island of Manhattan; they took control of the city on September 15, 1776. When the city was set on fire on September 20, British soldiers were told to look out for sympathizers to the Patriot cause. The following evening, September 21, Hale was captured while sailing Long Island Sound, trying to cross back into American-controlled territory. Although rumors surfaced that Hale was betrayed by his first cousin and British Loyalist Samuel Hale, the exact circumstances of Hale’s capture have never been discovered.

Hale was interrogated by British General William Howe and, when it was discovered that he was carrying incriminating documents, General Howe ordered his execution for spying, which was set for the following morning. After being led to the gallows, legend holds that the 21-year-old Hale said, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” There is no historical record to prove that Hale actually made this statement, but, if he did, he may have been inspired by these lines in English author Joseph Addison’s 1713 play Cato: “What a pity it is/That we can die but once to serve our country.”

Thursday, September 1, 2016

For the Seamstress & Tailor

In the Draper´s Shop; by Adriaen Bloem

Burnley & Trowbridge: If you want authentic and accurate, this should be your first stop.

The Village Green Clothier: The author of Fitting & Proper also has a web store! An excellent source and someone you should know.

At the Sign of the Golden Scissors: The millinery shop of South Coast Historical Associates.  Also have a blog here.

Smoke & Fire: A huge selection and variety of items. 

Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc.: Another well-known name in the reenacting world. 

Wooded Hamlet Designs/Needle & Thread: Excellent source of sewing notions, ribbons, etc. Linen, linen, and more linen!

Super Silk, Inc.: Silk, silk, and more silk! Learn about fabrics.

Joann's: Sign up on their email list for coupons. Get tools from them (scissors, rotary cutter, ruler, etc.), buy only with a coupon.

Liberty Linens: Fine linens, also offering some wools.

Farmhouse Fabrics, LLC: Excellent source of fabrics, sewing notions, ribbons, etc.

Renaissance Fabrics: A great selection of silk taffeta.

Wm. Booth, Draper: Loads of goodies, from fabric to notions to books and patterns.