In Dublin, New Hampshire up near Keene there is a series of mansions. These mansions were once part of a farm estate that had its own barns and carriage houses all within a half-mile radius. One of the barns has been…
What’s the difference between Minute Men and militia in colonial Massachusetts?
While service in the militia was required by law, minute men were volunteers.
The minute men trained far more frequently than the militia. Two or three times per week was common. Because of this serious commitment of time, they were paid. One shilling per drill was average. Militia only trained once every few months (on average) and were paid only if they were called out beyond their town, or formed part of an expedition.
Minute Men were expected to keep their arms and equipment with them at all times, and in the event of an alarm, be ready to march at a minute’s warning - hence they were called “minute men.”
I didn’t go into town to watch the Marathon this year. I stayed home to prepare for class. I heard about the bombs while walking to a drug store to buy pens. I was crossing Massachusetts Avenue when the news burst onto my phone—frantic texts about explosions. Head down, heart sinking, I nearly ran into a towering figure in black: a reënactor, Paul Revere on a speckled horse. He was riding to Lexington, a ride forlorn.
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