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, 1763 — Royal Proclamation of 1763, issued by King George III, forbade all settlement west of a line drawn along the Appalachian Mountains, which was delineated as …

Colonial Spymaster (#15) — Exploiting Potential Turncoats

All spying tools and techniques have little worth unless you have a reliable source of information.  A great deal of useful information can be acquired passive observation.  Troop counts and movements, rumors, and observations of the comings and goings in the enemy camp can give you insights on what they plan to do but the …

Antifederalist No. 7 — Adoption of The Constitution Will Lead to Civil War

“Philanthropos,” (an anonymous Virginia Antifederalist) appeared in The Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser, December 6, 1787, writing his version of history under the proposed new Constitution. The time in which the constitution or government of a nation undergoes any particular change, is always interesting and critical. Enemies are vigilant, allies are in suspense, friends hesitating …

Federalist #8: The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States

We are on the eve of a very important election.  Much has been said about the Constitution and what is Constitutional so let’s take a few weeks and look at the foundational letters written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay arguing for the creation of the US Constitution.  The comment tab is open.  Please share your …

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are planning a Fall Brewing Class

Randell Spackman and I just agreed that there will be a Colonial Brewing Class at Thornbury Farms on November 7. Details are still in work but like all of my classes, this will be a limited space offering so I am announcing now so those of you who want to secure your seat have a …

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 6, 1777                Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton taken On October 6, 1777, the British Army, led by Henry Clinton, attacked Forts Montgomery and Clinton, supported by cannon fire …

Colonial Spymaster (#14) — Hidden Compartments

Spies sometimes need to transport things in secret through enemy territory. Simply refusing to comply with searches at border crossings or military checkpoints will immediately raise suspicion to they must find a way to allow themselves to be searched while keeping the messages or other contraband safe. To accomplish this, they often employ the smugglers’ …

Antifederalist No. 6 — The Hobgoblins of Anarchy And Dissensions Among The States

One of largest series of Antifederalist essays was penned under the pseudonym “Centinel.” The Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer ran this 24 essay series between October 5, 1787 and November 24, 1788. This selection is from the eleventh letter of “Centinel,” appearing in the Independent Gazetteer on January 16, 1788. The evils of anarchy have been portrayed …

Federalist #6: Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States

We are on the eve of a very important election.  Much has been said about the Constitution and what is Constitutional so let’s take a few weeks and look at the foundational letters written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay arguing for the creation of the US Constitution.  The comment tab is open.  Please share your …