Can we just skip the niceties and settle this with a duel!

Watching last night’s “debate” (it was hardly a debate as debates involve decorum and dignity), I am reminded that in the 18th Century, when a gentleman’s honor or the honor of someone he holds in esteem (like his son) is deliberately and unapologetically besmirched, there was a remedy.  You could publicly demand satisfaction, and if …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. September 29, 1789 – Congress created the United States Army.  Following the Revolution, the Continental Army was disbanded.  This act of Congress under the US Constitution created a permanent …

Battle of Germantown Saturday, October 3, 2020 CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

Join us as His Magisty’s 43rd Regiment of Foot is tragically forced to flee into the stone manor at Cliveden. Despite being cut off from the remainder of General Howe’s regulars, we will hold the house and eventually repels advancing columns of Continental Army soldiers. Perhaps you were expecting an American victory, so was George …

Atomic Don: Enemy to Capitalism

Pardon me as I take a diversion from my normal 18th Century personae.  I frequently tire of being the “… army [ramming] the ramparts, [taking] over the airports, [doing] everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory.”1[i] To discuss a little economics. Yes, I …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. September 21, 1776 — Great Fire of New York erupted destroying 10 to 25 percent of buildings in the city.  The British Army accused revolutionaries of deliberately setting the …

Buff and Blue: Whigs and Tories

When George Washington choose his uniform, he could have literally chosen any color scheme, so why buff (tan) and blue. The choice was not arbitrary.  The Whig party in England (not to be confused with Andrew Jacksons divisive party in the 1830’s) had been standing against the abuses of the crown since 1688.  Their rallying …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. September 20, 1777 – PAOLI MASSACRE:  Major General Charles Grey launched a surprise attack on General Anthony Wayne’s camp, near the General Paoli Tavern.  To ensure that the Americans …