Historic Info

Forks in America

This is Not to be Read by Small Children! When it came to defining new liberties after the Revolution, Americans were ready to put their politics where their mouths were. Laura Thatcher Ulrich notes in her book, The Age of Homespun, page 301: The late introduction of table forks added…

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Trials and Tribulations for Concord’s Tories

Middlesex County Convention, Concord, 31 August 1774 “…thwarting the policies of Gage…flouting your King…madness, folly, deserving of nothing but scorn…the colonies are England’s dependent children…cut off from Britain, they will perish…” “…behave obediently, be greatful…compliance and humble petition…England is a mighty nation…open rebellion will lead inevitably to crushing defeat…”  …

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Ingratitude and Broken Promises?

In 1781, the Continental Congress gave Robert Morris, as Superintendent of Finances, broad powers to reform the administration and funding of the Continental Army. Among his reforms, Morris shifted the burden of paying the officers and soldiers directly to the states, so that the legislature of Massachusetts became responsible for…

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A Jacobite Air at the North Bridge?

According to a tradition widely honored in New England, when the colonial militias moved down from Punkatasset Hill to confront the British troops at Concord’s North Bridge on April 19, 1775, they marched to a tune called “The White Cockade.” If indeed they did, it was a bold taunt of defiance. “The White…

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Fifers and Drummers Got Paid More?

It’s true. The roster for the Lincoln Minute Men on April 19, 1775, shows that the two fifers, Joseph and Elijah Mason, and the drummer, Daniel Brown, were paid at a rate of 44 shillings per month, while musket soldiers got only 40 shillings. And the practice continued in the…

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The Modern Lincoln Minute Men

The Town of Lincoln re-established its company of Minute Men in 1966, and charged them with the duty of keeping alive the history and the principles of the original Minute Men of 1775. The modern Lincoln Minute Men welcome all members, regardless of age, gender, or town of residence. Modern-day…

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The Original Lincoln Minute Men

When the colonists first came to America, they faced many dangers, and for their defense they formed local militias, modeled on the system used in England in the 1600’s. By law, all males between the ages of 16 and 45 were required to join the militia and to have a…

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Whence Cometh the New Year Marking

“The prevailing custom or ceremony of wishing a happy New-Year is of ancient date, and probably took its rise from the Romans.” The Essex Almanac, January 1, 1772, Salem, MA Marking the commencement of a New-Year appears to have begun as far back as Babylon some 4,000 years ago. Ancient…

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