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. October 17, 1777:  BATTLE OF SARATOGA:  General John Burgoyne surrendered his entire army (5700 men) to Horatio Gates.  This victory would be pivotal in convincing the French, Dutch, and …

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. October 11, 1776 – General Benedict Arnold engaged the British in a naval engagement off of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain.  Although defeated, the American forces inflicted significant damage …

Benedict Arnold American Wild Ale

Do you consider Benedict Arnold a brilliant general or an evil traitor?  Despite what you may have learned in school, the answer to this question is far from simple and highly political.   Blessed with almost superhuman energy and endurance, handsome and charismatic, he was a successful apothecary and a seagoing merchant before the war.  Unfortunately, …

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday, Friday, …

NO!  There is no reason for 9 Supreme Court Justices The US Supreme Court is established by Article III of the US Constitution which reads as follows: Article III.Section 1.             The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time …

There can be no “E Pluribus Unum” without the “Pluribus”!

“E Pluribus Unum” was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. A latin phrase meaning “One from many,” the phrase offered a strong statement of the American determination to form a single nation from a collection of states. Over the …

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. October 7, 1780 – BATTLE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN:  Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson of the 71st Foot.  Coming after a series of …