No, He’s Not Carrying the Wrong Flag!

At this year’s “First Crossing” at Washington’s Crossing, I got into a conversation with a reporter from Malibu California who was trying to reconcile what he was with the well-known Washington Crossing the Delaware painting by Emanuel Leutze.  I am amazed at the number of people who see things like this famous painting and fail to understand …

Could one of our Founding Fathers have been a Jew?

While writing the blog on Chanukah in Colonial America, I came across some lectures and articles by Andrew Porwancher, a professor at the University of Oklahoma, who has an interesting hypothesis.  It seems that while researching the early life of Alexander Hamilton, Porwancher uncovered some interesting facts. Alexander Hamilton is the son of Rachel Faucette …

One Two Buckle my Shoe, Three Four Fall on the Floor…

So, I bought myself some new period correct shoes – straight lasted with new leather soles.  My other period shoes are military shoes with metal heel plates so the last thought I had was the coefficient of static friction between leather and carpet…   Yes, I fell down the stairs!  Nothing was hurt but my pride.  …

Chanukah in Colonial America

What religious story most resonates with the spirit of the American Revolution?  Yes, there are many stories in many religions that people overcoming atrocities and oppression.  But consider for just a moment the story of Judah Maccabee. In the late 6th century BCE, the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great let the Jews go home after …

Pottsgrove Manor Candlelight Program

Last Sunday, I participated in the Candlelight program at Pottsgrove Manor.  Everyone should attend an evening reenactment event as it has a very different atmosphere than we have become accustomed to in our over illuminated, “blandscaped” twenty-first century.  Even with the crowds and constantly being “on show,” there is something about candlelight that is soothing …

Crossing the Delaware 2019

For me this year’s crossing at McConkey’s Ferry was special.  I have done the Crossing many times but always as an infantryman.  This year, several of the 14th Continental Regiment failed to show, and the organizers asked for volunteers to join Col Glover’s famed Marbleheaders.  I stepped up and was a rower, ferrying the army …

Bring Documents to your Reenactments!

Today Americans boast a whoppingly deplorable literacy rate of about 86% depending on how you measure literacy.  Compare this to Colonial New England where, discounting slaves, women, indentured servants, and indians, in a time when books, newpapers, and magazines were largely unobtainable, the literacy rate was almost 60%*.  Today with telephones, television, radio, and various …