“Brown Bess” – Musket Misconception

BROWN BESS (The Army Musket – 1700-1815) by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) “In the days of lace-ruffles, perukes, and brocade, Brown Bess was a partner whom none could despise- An out-spoken, flinty-lipped, brazen-faced jade, With a habit of looking men straight in the eyes- At Blenheim and Ramillies, fops would confess,…

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The Butchering Hands of an Inhuman Soldiery

“All history is modern history,” the American poet Wallace Stevens remarked. Each of us understands the world from the perspective of our own experience. So we reinterpret the past in terms of the present in order to comprehend it — we remake all history into modern history. A striking example…

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