A Revolutionary War Dutch flintlock musket once belonging to John Simpson, a Private in the 1st New Hampshire Regiment, is up for auction at Morphy Auctions later this month. The flintlock musket is anticipated to bring upwards of $300,000. Why so much? John Simpson is believed to have fired the first shot of the Battle
The Museum of the American Revolution announced that a hand-written diary of Corporal Abner Weston (1760-1830) has been acquired by the museum and will be displayed when the museum opens in 2020. The diary reveals new details about the female Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to join the Continental Army.
Those that have attended a Revere’s Riders event will know we ask every participant to fill out an online post-event survey. The survey submissions don’t go into a black hole, never to be seen again; we actually look at them and tailor our future programs and events according to the survey responses. “Offerings in new
Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons has just posted a very interesting video on a Pauly Breechloading Shotgun that is available at Morphy’s April 2019 auction. This firearm was the first to utilize a fully self-contained cartridge consisting of a primer, case and cartridge and it was remarkably similar to the cartridges of today. In 1812!
In 1779, Kind Louis XVI of France donated the merchant ship Duc de Duras to the newly formed Continental Navy and she was placed under the command of John Paul Jones. She was renamed Bonhomme Richard as an homage to Benjamin Franklin (Ambassador to France and author of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”) and the generosity of
Morphy Auctions offered a very interesting British rifle recently: a Durs Egg Ferguson breech loading rifle circa 1776. Only 100 of these rifles were constructed and fewer than two dozen remain today. The rifle being auctioned is serial number 2. The Ferguson breech loading rifle was constructed by four British firearms makers, one of which
Skinner Auctioneers Historic Arms & Militaria auction on November 2nd in Marlborough, MA has an interesting item: British Pattern 1756 Long Land Service Musket Marked to the 4th Regiment of Foot. The auction catalog describes the musket as follows: British Pattern 1756 Long Land Service Musket Marked to the 4th Regiment of Foot, or the Kings
At most of the Indiana Revere’s Riders events, the last point of instruction is nearly always a short lesson on “known distance” and adjusting your sights. The trajectory of a bullet after it leaves the rifle barrel is explained along with the concept of a “near zero” and “far zero”. Before everyone’s eyes glaze over,
On this day, August 8th, 1754 in Philadelphia, PA, Joseph Greer was born. One of eleven children, his family would move to the frontier of Staunton, Virginia and later the Watauga River area of Tennessee. In 1769 Joseph, his father and brothers were among 40 men who would defend Fort Watauga from more than 300 Indians—he had just turned 15. During
In his General Orders of August 7, 1782 issued from his headquarters in Newburgh, New York, George Washington decreed the creation of two Honorary Badges of Distinction and a Badge of Military Merit. Previous custom was to only present military honors to the high-ranking officers of victorious forces rather than honoring individual soldiers. Of the
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