Braddock’s Pistols

Some research updates: my wife has managed to secure a copy of the out-of-print book from a university library. I should have it in a few days. Pro-tip: have a spouse or significant other in a major university if you want to write a book.

I’ll be sharing Google documents containing both my (living!) outline and bibliography soon. I will try to set it up so that you can’t change the document but you can leave comments. I might regret that, but I can always turn it off.

In reading The American Revolution: A World War, I’ve realized that its actually an exhibit catalog of sorts from a Smithsonian exhibit which just closed in DC. I encourage you to flip through the exhibition website. It looks like something I would have enjoyed.

I was particularly pleased to see that the exhibit showed the “Braddock Pistol.” This 1750’s flintlock pistol was made for General Edward Braddock, who was George Washington’s superior during the French and Indian War. At some point during the war before we was killed in Western Pennsylvania, Braddock gave this pistol to GW.

I love this because decades ago I was on a “storage room” tour of the National Museum of American History that allowed me to put on the white gloves and, briefly, handle this pistol. I can’t tell you what that felt like: this is a weapon which was both handled by George Washington and was present at the events which, at lease in part, eventually forced the American Revolution.

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