GHS Newsletter 15.4 Winter 2013
This issue has a lot of remembrances—ice harvesting at the Newell Miller farm, an 1833 trip to Saratoga Springs, and a vacation spent at the Summerset House on Leonard Hill in 1886. Oh, and don’t forget the mold for imprinting “Churchill Hall Dairy” on pound blocks of butter from the Luther Hastings farm and the geodetic reference marks established in this area in 1942.
This issue continues the emphasis on the Civil War with overviews of the Army of the Potomac, the enlistment of Schoharie County men, and the trials of the 134th N.Y.V. leading into the first of a series of letters from the war by Orrin B. Curtis. These letters relate to the period from Arlington Heights, Fairfax Court House, Fredericksburg, Stafford Courthouse, Hope Landing, and leading up to Gettysburg. (Yes, more letters will be in the next issue of the newsletter, starting after Gettysburg.) We also have a copy of Oliver Cromwell’s Souldiers Pocket Bible originally printed in 1643 and reprinted for a new war by the American Tract Society in 1863.
This issue will also include coverage of 19th-century revolvers, a topic that is almost synonymous with the Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company (ironically, Colt’s first production of a revolver was in a rifle and not in a pistol). Famous pistols covered include the Texas Patterson, the 1851 Navy, the 1873 Peacemaker, and the 1877 Lightning, aka “Billy the Kid.”
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