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Unbelievable as it is, many European soldiers of the day were not taught to aim. They counted on massed volley musket fire and the bayonet. That’s not the case with the Continentals, who aimed not just their muskets but their rifles — to deadly effect.
An understandable mythology of the Revolutionary War era Minute Man, but it is just that: a myth. Colonial militia, legend vs. reality.
So who was the American rifleman? Some shadowy figure who came out of the woods when called, a reluctant farmer who fought for his family’s freedom, or a rough mountain settler who wanted to be left alone? Yes.
After the icy beach landing in New Jersey, the colonial army-road marched down to the city of Trenton. George Washington rode his horse up and down the line encouraging the men to continue. General Sullivan sent a courier to tell Washington that the weather was...
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Independence Week. We thought we knew the history: the French helped us during the Revolutionary War, but only their Navy. Right?
Have you thought about what fighting men ate during the Revolution? In today’s Independence Week piece, John Marrs breaks it down for us.
Friederich Steuben (1730-1794) wrote of what he described as the ‘American spirit.’ Emerson called hthis icon, the “embattled farmer” who left his home to fight the Redcoats. It’s a big part of Revolutionary War lore.
There isn’t much difference between these signs and one that says, “Burn Survivor Lives Here—Please be Courteous with Cookouts.”