We are not makers of history we are made by history.-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week, we take a walk through history, starting with the origin of Watch night Service (New Years Eve) , Reconstruction, the Old West, Black Cowboys, and a review of the Taylor’s & Co, 1873 Cattlemen revolver. Shooting drills with Michael J. Woodland. Happy New Year.
The Watch Night service can be traced back to gatherings also known as “Freedom’s Eve.” On that night, Black slaves and free blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. At the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863; all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as many people fell to their knees and thanked God.
A brief history of Reconstruction
Reconstruction was a significant chapter in the history of civil rights in the United States, but most historians consider it a failure.
The term Reconstruction Era, in the context of the history of the United States, has two parts: the first covers the complete history of the entire country from 1865 to 1877 following the American Civil War (1861 to 1865); the second sense focuses on the transformation of the Southern United States from 1863 to 1877, as directed by Congress, with the reconstruction of state and society.
Celebratory gunfire is the shooting of a firearm into the air in celebration. This is my friend Charlie, celebrating life as he does regularly on his YouTube Channel. Check him out.
The Old West
Addison Jones, Range Boss
Bill Pickett – invented the sport of Bulldogging on his horse Spradley
Bob Leavitt Bob Leavitt worked at the W Bar Ranch at the mouth of Little Dry in Eastern Montana.
Bose Ikard – rode with Charles Goodnight
Bronco Sam – not afraid of anything
Charley Willis – Singing Cowboy
George Glenn – rode the Chisholm Trail in 1870
Jesse Stahl – once rode a bronco backwards with a suitcase in hand
John Ware – a highly respected rancher
Mary Fields – Mary Fields ran a stage coach and mail route
Moses Speese -west in 1888 to Westerville, Nebraska
Nat Love – the most famous black cowboy of all
“One Horse Charlie” – rode with the Shoshone Indians
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.–Thomas Jefferson
Happy New Year.