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Artistic License and the French Artillery Park at Yorktown, A Case Study

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Karl G. Elsea It is common for artists to use “artistic license” when painting historic events including American Revolutionary War art. The problem is this practice also aids inaccuracies persisting. Here is one … Continue reading

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Peter Carried a Cannon, The Real Story

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Karl G. Elsea History can be fun; for example, when a war trophy in Sweden and the popular television series “Antiques Roadshow” can be combined to explain an American Revolutionary War legend. There … Continue reading

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Patriot Field Gun Horse Harness

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Karl G. Elsea When visiting Revolutionary War battlefields there are often replica field guns (sometimes with original barrels) on the grounds. What is often not shown is the equipment needed for the gun … Continue reading

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Secrets of the Patriot Limbers

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Karl G. Elsea When visiting Revolutionary War battlefields there are often replica field guns on the grounds. Not shown, in almost all cases, is the vehicle that pulled the gun to the battle … Continue reading

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Leveling, Pointing, and Elevating Field Guns

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Karl G. Elsea If you want to know the process of how field guns were fired in a battle such as Trenton or Monmouth, watching the National Park Service or re-enactors fire a … Continue reading

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The Other Great Artilleryman

Mention the words “artillery” and “American Revolution” and what name instantly pops into your mind? Henry Knox. Rightfully so. Yet, like George Washington, Knox needed competent officers under him to successfully organize, train, lead, and develop the artillery arm of … Continue reading

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Henry Shrapnel – “The Modern Archimedes”

  His last name jumps off the page, much like the term shrapnel usually does when leaving an artillery piece. “Shrapnel” as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “a projectile that consists of a case provided with a powder charge and … Continue reading

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