Veteran’s Day

I would like to express my appreciation to all of America’s veterans.  The freedom that we enjoy in our great country is owed to your service and to all the veterans who came before you.  The honor and valor that you have displayed in your service is an inspiration to every American.

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Fort Massac 2012 Photos

I finally found the time to post the 2012 Fort Massac pictures in the photo gallery.  I started out with over 1300 images and was able to narrow it down to 78.  I don’t recall who took each image so I will just give credit to all of them here:  Mary Jarvis, Patty Hughes, Kim Needham, Melanie Restivo, Elista Istre, Moriah Istre, Eileen Mayberry, and the photo below is courtesy of Susan Bolhafner.

The Friends of Fort Massac organization reported that 198,500 people came through the event over the weekend.  I don’t know how accurate that is, but wow – what a weekend we had!

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Facebook Promotional Giveaway

Warrior’s Trail is giving away a year subscription to the publication, Journal of the Early America’s for free.  This is a Facebook “only” promotional giveaway.  All you have to do to enter is click “like” on the Warrior’s Trail Facebook page posting for the giveaway.  One randomly drawn person, on November 15th, will win the JOTEA subscription.

If you are not already a JOTEA subscriber, now is your chance to win a subscription to one of 2011′s “Best New Magazines” as voted by the Library Journal.

Good luck!

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Glacier Wear Furs

Please help support our proud sponsor Glacier Wear Furs by going to www.glacierwear.com or by clicking the advertisement in the sidebar on this site.

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Violinist From Koh-Koh-Mah

The very talented violinist Tim Nutter at Koh-Koh-Mah 2012.

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Fort Massac Annual Grand Encampment

Heading to Fort Massac.  Hope to see ya there!

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Koh-Koh-Mah 2012 Pictures

I was finally able to upload the 2012 Koh-Koh-Mah pictures to the photo gallery.  Check them out when you get time. 

Mad Anne Bailey (Suzanne Larner) & Ninchwi Nanaimata

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This Date In History (September 28, 1781)

“On this day in 1781, General George Washington, commanding a force of 17,000 French and Continental troops, begins the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and a contingent of 9,000 British troops at Yorktown,Virginia, in the most important battle of the Revolutionary War.

Earlier, in a stroke of luck for the Patriots, the French fleet commanded by Francois, Count de Grasse, departed St. Domingue (the then-French colony that is now Haiti) for the Chesapeake Bay, just as Cornwallis chose Yorktown, at the mouth of the Chesapeake, as his base.  Washington realized that it was time to act.  He ordered Marquis de Lafayette and an American army of 5,000 troops to block Cornwallis’ escape from Yorktown by land while the French naval fleet blocked the British escape by sea.  By September 28, Washington had completely encircled Cornwallis and Yorktown with the combined forces of Continental and French troops.  After three weeks of non-stop bombardment, both day and night, from cannon and artillery, Cornwallis surrendered to Washington in the field at Yorktown on October 17, 1781, effectively ending the War for Independence.

Pleading illness, Cornwallis did not attend the formal surrender ceremony, held on October 19.  Instead, his second in command, General Charles O’Hara, carried Cornwallis’ sword to the American and French commanders.

Although the war persisted on the high seas and in other theaters, the Patriot victory at Yorktown ended fighting in the American colonies.  Peace negotiations began in 1782, and on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally recognizing theUnited States as a free and independent nation after eight years of war.”

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2012 Fort Loudoun Trade Faire

The 2012 Fort Loudoun Trade Faire pictures have been added to the photo gallery.  There aren’t many, but check em out.  These young men pictured is what it’s all about.  I firmly support youth involvement in living history events.

My new buddies, James Angel & Nate Wilson

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Shadows In The Forest (Coming in 2013)

My new book coming in 2013.  David Wright did the cover art and Suzanne Larner (aka Mad Anne Bailey) has agreed to write the Forward.  The book will be in two parts: The first will be about the Illinois Indians using primary source documentation.  The second will be about how to conduct an accurate 18th century Eastern Woodland Indian portrayal.  A webpage dedicated to the book is under construction and should be available in the near future.

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