I did make it to two events that rocked. One was the Bushy Run 250th. Members of the Augusta County Militia portrayed life around "Bushy Run Station" before the outbreak of the war in western Pa. Duane Schrecangaust (I always spell his name wrong ) Portrayed Andrew Byerly and did a great job setting up our little home away from home. The other was the Fort Frederick F&I event. I set up With Tom Apple and the "trading party" crew and we explained the role of the Indian Dept. in aiding the southern Natives brought north to fight the French. yeah we had a lot of stuff to show...
|Idle Apprentice by Hogarth...nice striped knit cap|
|Image of Coureur du bois...white shirts, red caps no wonder Cresap dressed his guys like this|
|My repro of a canadian cap|
|Stalking Turkey & Townsend Monument Pistol grip knives|
The cap also appears on a doll collected during the 18th century and is currently in the collection of the Musee de neuchatel. This tiny cap is killer it’s made from greenish wool and has both ribbon work and beading on it. (ok before I go on I’m sure you are noticing the lack of images of some items well I’m providing the site they are located at If so if you’re really interested in getting the images contact the site. When I have them I’ll post the collection # After the past few months I got tired of repeatedly seeing images resurface all over the web and being posted as the research of others. I’ll lead the horse to the bucket but you need to find the water)
“ I was aquainted with several men who were called longhunters…The longhunters usually set out the first of October, each man carried two horses, TRAPS, a large supply of powder and lead and a small hand vise and bellows, files and screw plate for the purpose of fixing guns..” John Redd
And finaly to help you think about sunny days and warm weather an account of a native commando raft to cross rivers in July: