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Articles by R. Lee Hadden

Posted on Jan 2, 2005 in Armchair Reading

Confederate Boys and Peter Monkeys

Throughout much of the 19th and early 20th century, boys were preferred for many mining jobs because they were more willing to obey orders from older men, they could be paid less for the same work that men do; and often they came from homes where they were the sole breadwinner, (such as a widow’s home), and thus were desperate to get and keep a job to support their family. These boys were sometimes called “Peter Monkeys,” possibly in imitation of the term “Powder Monkeys,” used for the boys who carried bags of powder from the magazine to the firing deck on navy war vessels.”

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Posted on Feb 10, 2004 in Stuff We Like

Lewis and Clark

Reenactors are often told they are ?Historical Travelers? in the way they walk the paths and try to relive the experiences of people from previous years. But for a real historical travel, perhaps nothing can match the outstanding reenactment event of the year.

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Posted on Nov 6, 2003 in Stuff We Like

Bibles and Bullets

The purpose of the reenactor is to show today’s generation the similarities and differences of people in the past. One of these differences and similarities is in front of me now as I write this article — a reproduction of a Bible for Civil War soldiers.

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