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Every Insult & Indignity: The Life, Genius & Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson
     

Every Insult & Indignity: The Life, Genius & Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson

by Ricky Roberts
 
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Every Insult and Indignity

Every Insult and Indignity is an intriguing study of Major Patrick Ferguson's famed breechloading rifle and a fine example of what experimental archaeology can achieve. The authors, Bryan Brown and Ricky Roberts, are well-respected members of the Revolutionary War living history community who

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What people are saying about
Every Insult and Indignity

Every Insult and Indignity is an intriguing study of Major Patrick Ferguson's famed breechloading rifle and a fine example of what experimental archaeology can achieve. The authors, Bryan Brown and Ricky Roberts, are well-respected members of the Revolutionary War living history community who together have more than sixty years of experience in the hobby. They have produced a much needed and welcomed treatise.

---- Anthony J. Scotti, Jr., Ph.D., author of Brutal Virtue: The Myth and Reality of Banastre Tarleton (2002).

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This is an important work that furthers scholarship on Ferguson, his rifle, and the battle of Kings Mountain. The authors have combined historical research with archaeology and field testing to re-analyze several long standing myths and misconceptions about Ferguson and his rifle.

Robert M Dunkerly, author of The Battle of Kings Mountain: Eyewitness Accounts, and The Kings Mountain Walking Tour Guide

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Bryan Brown and Ricky Roberts have compiled a definitive work on one of the American Revolution's more interesting characters, Patrick Ferguson, who developed the screw breech flint lock and commanded British riflemen in its use.

Bryan and Ricky have gone to the extra effort to authenticate every contemporary account, archeological findings and objects in museums from Ferguson's era.

James “Spot” Fulton



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Every Insult and Indignity: The Life, Genius and Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson

Although I’ve always primarily feasted on a steady diet of fiction novels I now and then find myself craving a revealing biography, or perhaps a really interesting and meaty morsel of history that tells a true story interwoven with fascinating facts I might not come across anywhere else. Not just a passing yen, it’s a long-standing hunger for historical fact I’ve carried through the years for something that transcends anything ever offered way back in high school texts, which I unfortunately found very formal and dry (and which for the most part extinguished any enthusiasm I had then for American history.)

Ricky Roberts’ and Bryan Brown’s Every Insult and Indignity bestows all those good things I missed back then and more, plunging the lucky reader into a highly researched, multi-dimensional account of the true enigma of an unusual man by the name of Patrick Ferguson, his unique design for a military rifle that rocked the Revolutionary war, and modern misconceptions of the invention’s effectiveness often due to error. (If only current political issues were so carefully and thoroughly examined!) The authors’ passion for factual details along with their talent for crafting a compelling story have resulted in an absorbing book that anyone with a hankering for history will find highly satisfying, as I did.

--Leann Marshall, author of The Starfish People and The Rendering
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Product Details

BN ID:
2940012985859
Publisher:
Every Insult & Indignity
Publication date:
08/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
668,473
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Ricky Roberts and Bryan Brown are two historical reenactors and amateur historians with a bit of a bug for the firelocks and an itch for Patrick Ferguson’s Breech loading Ordnance Rifle. In an era when most other arms loaded from the muzzle and smoothbore arms were in the vast majority Patrick Ferguson developed what is in our opinion the ultimate pre cartridge firearm, certainly the coolest flintlock era weapon.

Ricky is no novice; he has been reenacting and shooting black powder since the 1970s, and is a former member of the US International Muzzle Loading team. He has represented the US at many international competitions shooting anything from a Matchlock, through a Cap lock both in long arms and pistols. He is a member of the New Acquisition Militia, The Widow makers, Hesse Kassel Jaeger Korps, ALRA, NMLRF, and NRA, a regular attendee of the NMLRA Friendship National Championship shoots and is a retired US Postal Worker. Ricky is the author of “The Ramblings of a Shirttailed Man” in On the Trail magazine

At one point in his research Ricky was pointed to Bryan Brown when they were both on opposite sides at the Battle of Huck’s Defeat at Brattonsville South Carolina. Ricky portrays a Rebel/Patriot Rifleman with the New Acquisition Militia, and Bryan is a founding member of the Hesse Kassel Jaeger Korps, a Crown/British forces Rifle unit brought over to hunt American Riflemen. They had been shooting at each other for years but they had not crossed paths socially as of yet.
Bryan has been a reenactor since 1977, having reenacted a variety of periods both in the US and in Europe. Prior to helping found the Hesse Kassel Jaeger Korps in 1995, he spent 6 years with the 71st Regiment of Highland Foote out of Maryland where he first began seriously digging into Ferguson and his rifle. Bryan is an armourer and gunsmith, having built and taught others to build hundreds of black powder arms and other hand-held weapons since the early 1980s. He “has something of a penchant for building oddball arms” and has a decent library of historical arms related resources. He has published books and articles on a variety of subjects, period and otherwise, and he is a member of NMLRF, NRA, the Honorable Company of Horners, the American Long Rifles, the Company of Military Historians, and various less formal groups of period gunsmiths and armourers.

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