Okay, We are Trying Again to Run a Colonial Brewing Class

To be fair, this is a long shot. I am a bit worried we will end up postponing this offering again because of the pandemic but if you don’t plan in advance, you can’t pull of something as complicated as this class. So we are announcing. The following will appear shortly on the Fort Mifflin …

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. January 14, 1784 – Congress formally accepts the terms of the Treaty of Paris, ending American participation in the Revolutionary War.  George III will not sign this treaty for …

We Should have Just Taken the Traditional Approach to Rebuking the Head of State

WOW, I though I would never see this. Donald Trump was just impeached AGAIN! This time the impeachable offense is a statutory crime. We should have just invited him to the Senate last March 15 and been done with it. The Founding Fathers wrote impeachment—originally a Roman political institution—into the constitution for the purpose of …

Fighting the War behind a Desk

History books are filled with glorification of exploits on the battlefield and we have all heard the story of Alexander Hamilton bristling at the role of Aide-du-Camp and demanding his opportunity to prove himself in the field.  The reality of military operations, however, is very different.  Much of the real WORK of a military commander …

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. January 10, 1776 – Common Sense, a fifty-page pamphlet by Thomas Paine, was published.  It sold over 500,000 copies in America and Europe, influencing both the authors of the …

Winning the War with Beer

More 18th Century soldiers died of malnutrition and disease than by the hands of their enemies. For the British, each soldier was an investment of a nation’s time and resources so keeping them “fit for duty” was not just a humanitarian concern, it was protecting the nations investment. Getting soldiers trained and transported North America …

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. January 9, 1775 — Francis Salvador became the first Jew elected to office in the American Colonies.  He was chosen for important committee assignments: drawing up the declaration of …