Uniform of the British Army Soldier during the American Revolution by Harry Schenawolf

At the time of the American Revolution the British Army was not overly concerned with efficiency in the common soldiers’ attire. They had yet to equate the value of utility and practicality with what they required their enlisted men wear and carry into battle. Appearance was of far more concern than adaptability. During the Seven …

Red Coat vs. Patriot: A Comparison by Harry Schenawolf

If you were to ask someone on the street what was the ordinary British soldier was like during King George’s time, he might  say something like: Dregs, scoundrels, scum from the streets of London, debtors, drunks, common criminals or sweepings from the slums of Liverpool, men who were subjected to the lash for the simplest …

Defense and Forts of New York City 1775 – 1776 by Harry Schenawolf

It is the summer of 1775. Hostilities have erupted between England and her colonies in America. Among a host of concerns and preparations by New York City’s patriots and Provincial Congress is the defense of Manhattan and the surrounding region. On June 26th, 1775, the New York Provincial Congress met as a body for the …

American Forces Chain of Command – Start of the New York Campaign 1776 by Harry Schenawolf

When the British abandoned Boston, George Washington and his generals knew King George was far from listening to the colonist’s demands. They would be back, and in force. But where? All information and common sense pointed to New York City. Though smaller in size than Philadelphia and not the center of the fledgling rebel government, …

Flintlock Lighters by Harry Schenawolf

How did they light all those candles before matches? Mankind discovered the amazing qualities of flint long before written history. The introduction of steel to what became known as the tinder box brought ready flame for quick use. People became adept at sparking dried tinder to start fires, but ingenuity lead to quicker and more …

Holy Ground by Harry Schenawolf

New York City’s Red Light District of the 18th Century  During the mid 1700’s, New York City catered to the darker side of life with its many ‘disorderly houses’, ‘tipling shops’, and brothels. They were all located in a seething slum of shacks and portable houses on land owned and leased by the largest Anglican Parish in …