New person for me. I’m very focused on my knowledge of the US Revolution. Primarily April 19th 1775. And it’s players.
Massachusetts Bay Common Wealth dragged the other colonies into the war. All mostly willing but with a lot of conditions.
Sam Adams sadly was largely forgotten cause he never wrote a memoir until the beer, and that had a picture of Paul Reviere until recently. He and Ben Franklin. Are probably the founding grand fathers of the US. Though it’s probably not what they would have wanted.
The Revolution was won in the hearts and minds before the first Powder Alarms. Of cities in that time, Boston was the second most literate in the world.
The rugged individualism required to do that…against the strongest superpower of the time. And have an 8 year civil war over it. Has never been replicated.
I just think we celebrate the wrong people.
Side note…I’m 60/40 on crappy range/accuracy with a smooth bore. While not a Kentucky Rifle, of ball and bore are matched…they are accurate but take longer to load…but I’m getting into the weeds.
Also, please recognize the pike also known as the Brown Bess with bayonet affixed as the deadliest and most versatile weapon on the board. While more people died of famine and illness…that combination was where most casualties came from. Strong wood and a good bayonet was more versatile than a sword.
While Kentucky Rifles (made in Pennsylvania) where the peek of Colonial technological achievements in killing machines, they where delicate, took longer to load, and had a high cost. Towns could afford to arm everyone with a Brown Bess for the most part. The AK-47 of its time. And the 30 by 3cm wide triangular blade, it’s true nasty end.