Category «Colonial»

Washington’s Homespun Army

There were no great suppliers in 1775 vying for contracts to supply clothing or make uniforms for the Continental Army. If there were, there certainly was no money to pay them. Washington and others in the Second Congress were too concerned with providing enough shell, shot and other armaments with which to wage war. By …

Minuteman Myth & Citizen Soldier of the American Revolution

            “…any dependence on Militia is assuredly resting on a broken staff”                                                                                     George Washington[1] Ask most Americans what comes to mind when the word, “minuteman” is mentioned. They will no doubt answer something to the affect that they were eighteenth century citizen patriot militias who, within a minute’s notice, grabbed their muskets and fought …

Life in the Rebel Camp

In 1775, military decorum and assigned duties within the ‘rebel’ units gradually improved from a collection of militia farmers and yeomen to the beginnings of a coordinated and effective fighting force.  Officers of the Continental Army, former merchants, planters, lawyers, farmers, and legislatures realized the need for organized camp life.  If a regiment learned to …

Washington’s New York City Headquarters – No. 1 Broadway

By the mid eighteenth century, New York City had grown to the extent that the wealthy sought country estates to escape the congestion of the “city”.  Another draw to build a ‘second home’ was the frequent outbreaks of diseases such as small pox, made worse in populated areas.   High society families such as Watts, Livingstone, …