How Cartridge Paper almost killed King George

In order to facilitate rapid loading during battle, 18th Century musket cartridges were made from rolled brownish-white paper.  This paper tube held both the powder and the ball was its own self contained wadding.  For training, reviews and firing a “feu de joie” or celebratory musket salute, however, blank rounds were needed. Numerous accidents were reported …

Antifederalist No. 81 — The Power of the Judiciary. (Part 3)

Part 1: from the 12th essay by “Brutus” from the February 7th & 14th (1788) issues of The New-York Journal. Part 2: Taken from the first half of the 14th essay February 28, 1788. In my last, I showed, that the judicial power of the United States under the first clause of the second section of …

Cast Iron Chef at Fort Mifflin

Want an opportunity to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger for an immersive history experience this winter. Come to Fort Mifflin for a taste of life in early 19th century Philadelphia! Join the Regimental Brewmeister and our team of hearth cooks for a unique hands-on experience in early 19th century foodways. Take up an …

FEDERALIST No. 81: The Judiciary, and the Distribution of the Judicial Authority.

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 …

Antifederalist No. 80 — The Power of the Judiciary. (Part 2)

From the 11th essay of “Brutus” taken from The New-York Journal, January 31, 1788. The nature and extent of the judicial power of the United States, proposed to be granted by the constitution, claims our particular attention.Much has been said and written upon the subject of this new system on both sides, but I have …

FEDERALIST No. 80. The Powers of the Judiciary

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 …

Louisiana Purchase finalized 12/20/1803

On December 12, 1803 the United States completed the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from Frans for $15 million.  This territory encompassed 530,000,000 acres of territory. As the United States spread across the Appalachians, the Mississippi River became an increasingly important conduit for the produce of America’s West (which at that time referred to 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. December 19, 1777          Encampment at Valley Forge With the campaign season ending and cold weather rapidly approaching, Washington moved his army into winter quarters. For his winter encampment, Washington …