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Spence's Old Powder Horn.

No date on Spences horn, but obviously it looks pretty old, & Spence's images were so good I just had to ask Spence if I could use his images. Thanks Mate, very much appreciated.Spence being Spence he just had to put this old horn back into service,...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 9 Nov 2019

Attack on Jonathan Sewall’s House

On 1 Sept 1774, Gen. Thomas Gage sent soldiers out to Charlestown to remove the provincial militia’s supply of gunpowder from the stone tower that still stands in what is now Somerville.Some of Gage’s troops went on into Cambridge and wheeled...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Sep 2019

The Burnings of the Liberty

The Boston Gazette was the town’s staunchest Whig newspaper, quick to attack royal officials and to defend locals against charges of unrest. But printers Edes and Gill weren’t so protective about other communities.The Boston Gazette’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Aug 2019

Refighting Bunker Hill with the Angry Staff Officer

This is the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill. For an overview of the action this year, I’m pointing to the Angry Staff Officer’s article “Warfighter: Bunker Hill.”It sets aside the mysteries, ambiguities, and evidence that...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Jun 2019

Gunpowder, the Bahamas, and the First Marine Killed in Action

In the summer of 1775, George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army outside Boston and immediately began the process of organizing his forces.... The post Gunpowder, the Bahamas, and the First Marine Killed in Action appeared first on Journal...

“The fire was fast approaching the building”

Returning to The Saga of the Brazen Head, I’ll share some Bostonians’ experiences of the Great Fire of 20 Mar 1760, which began after dark in that brazier’s shop.At that time David Mason was a decorative painter four days short of his...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Feb 2019

“Then was beheld a perfect torrent of fire”

The 24 Mar 1760 Boston Evening-Post, the first issue after the great fire that started in the Brazen Head, reprinted the Boston News-Letter’s account of how the flames spread. The Fleet brothers then tried to communicate the emotional experience...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Jan 2019

“Just imported, and to be sold by Mary Jackson”

After her business partner Robert Charles died, Mary Jackson stepped up her advertising from the Sign of the Brazen Head. Her main business was brass hardware and metals, both made in the shop and shipped in from Britain. For example, the Boston Evening-Post...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Jan 2019

Making A Powder Horn.

I have had a request to demonstrate how to make a powder horn by one of my video channel followers, Tony, but I do not have the time at present or in the near future to make a video of this, so I am going to try & explain how it is done here with...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 31 Dec 2018

“He ordered powder casks to be filled with sand”

Here’s one last story of gunpowder and sand supposedly getting mixed up during the siege of Boston. It comes from the recollections of William H. Sumner (shown here), who wasn’t even born until 1780. He later became adjutant general of the...
From: Boston 1775 on 10 Dec 2018

Ezekiel Price: “Sand was mixt with the powder”

I don’t trust Elkanah Watson’s story of a Continental Army powderhouse stocked with barrels of sand to make the gunpowder supply look bigger than it was. And I completely discount Edward Everett Hale’s statement that Gen. George Washington...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Dec 2018

Hale’s “barrels of sand marked as powder”

Elkanah Watson told a nifty story about the Continental Army using barrels of sand to disguise its lack of gunpowder during the siege of Boston. Several authors in the late nineteenth century repeated the tale, despite the lack of supporting evidence.The...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Dec 2018

John Brown’s Gunpowder for Sale

Yesterday I quoted a story from Elkanah Watson describing a trip to Medford with gunpowder for the Continental Army during the siege of Boston.Watson’s memoir didn’t specify a date for that mission. We know from contemporaneous sources that...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Dec 2018

Elkanah Watson’s Story Built on Sand

This week The Atlantic published Amy Zegart’s article “George Washington Was a Master of Deception.” Most of the examples are from the Revolutionary War when Washington was trying to fool the British commanders about his military capacities...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Dec 2018

The Gunpowder Bag.

Two of the author's five leather gunpowder bags.A gunpowder bag is used for carrying extra gunpowder on extended journeys into wilderness area, or when one plans to be living in the wilderness long term. A leather bag of gunpowder is far lighter to carry...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 19 Nov 2018

Gunpowder found in paper packages.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2282391/Explosive-story-big-bang-SALTPETER-THE-MOTHER-OF-GUNPOWDER-BY-DAVID-CRESSY.html; The gunpowder, which includes two solid bars and numerous small paper packages, was found packed into an early 20th...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 6 Nov 2018

More Gunpowder Bag Documentation. 1739.

One of the authors leathern gunpowder bags.The Pennsylvania GazetteApril 12, 1739BOSTON, February 26."Wednesday Morning a sorrowful Accident happen'd at the House of Cap. Thomas Homans in the westerly Part of this Town near Hooper's Meeting House: A...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 5 Nov 2018

Gunpowder sold in a paper package 1736.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAZETTEJuly 24, 1736Charleston, South Carolina"On the 8th Inst. a sad Misfortune happened at Wiltown, Mr. Welsh who kept Store there, having weighed two lb. of Gun-powder and put it in a Paper upon the Counter, another Man came...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 5 Nov 2018

Gunpowder Bags. Another link.

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=I5joCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT243&lpg=PT243&dq=was+gunpowder+sold+in+bags+18th+century&source=bl&ots=3h9QLzRcX9&sig=55npk0Vmjrl3rzAmT56VA0vFEtw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjs9Puc3rneAhWBgI8KHfEIC9E4ChDoATABegQIBRAB#v=onepage&q=was%20gunpowder%20sold%20in%20bags%2018th%20century&f=false
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 4 Nov 2018

The News from 250 Years Ago

While looking at the newspaper coverage from 250 years ago this month, I was struck by some of the stories that Bostonians were reading at the same time they digested news of the imminent arrival of army regiments.For example, the Boston Evening-Post...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Sep 2018

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