African American soldier’s powder horn now at Museum of American Revolution

Patriots of African descent in the Revolutionary War are not remembered enough.

My friend, Denise Dennis, was always proud of her patriot ancestor, Gershom Prince, a free man who fought in the Revolutionary War and died in the Battle of Wyoming. Now, a powder horn that her descendent carved–thought to be the first of its kind–and which was found on his deceased body, and then passed down through generations, was just donated to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

Read this remarkable story below.

Denise also created a The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, a living museum in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, on 153 acres of land land that her family has owned since 1793. The land is the oldest continuously owned land by African Americans in this country and is memorialized at the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History with its own exhibit.


via A true patriot, John James, 98, becomes a lieutenant after 76 years

Happy Independence Day! Please click on the link above to my blog Becoming Valley Forge to read about Lt. John James, who typifies all that this country stands for.  In 1776, there was a miracle in Philadelphia. There was one here last week, too, at the Museum of the American Revolution, when Lt. James got his Lieutenant’s  commission after 76 years because of the Army’s racial separation policies.


Leaving Valley Forge and on to independence

Becoming Valley Forge

On June 19, 1778, The Continental Army left Valley Forge.

Map of Valley Forge and BrandywineThe army left Valley Forge more disciplined and as a better fighting force than when they marched in on December 19, 1777.  Unfortunately, some 2,000 died during the Valley Forge encampment.  Yet, the army persevered.

When the army left Valley Forge, they headed towards the British army, which left their winter quarters in Philadelphia towards New York.  The Continental Army caught up with the British army at Monmouth, New Jersey where they showed their new mettle as a better fighting force in the Battle of Monmouth..

Becoming Valley Forge 9780982494592The sacrifice of the Continental Army, George Washington and his generals, and all of those who supported them at Valley Forge is legendary.  It is one of the things that inspired me to write my novel, Becoming Valley Forge.  In walking through the Valley Forge Natioanl Park one day in 2010 with…

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