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Blair31 Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 10:52 AM
An interesting sideline. Major Patrick Ferguson, a Scot, invented a rifle that was used by the British in the American Revolution. The Ferguson Rifle was used by the British in the Battle of Kings Mountain, and other battles of the Revolution. Legend has it that during the Battle of Brandywine, Patrick Ferguson said that he had "a man on a white horse in a hussar's uniform" in his sights and refused to pull the trigger. The man on the white horse in the hussar's uniform was George Washington. Major Patrick Ferguson paid for that legendary act of chivalry, (if it really happened in 1777), with his life.
CardSenseJimmyBond Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 3:41 PM
I mentioned the gallant Major's contribution to firearms deswign below and was rewarded with a flag and an Anglophile branding-the son of an Irish Catholic cop, me!
The third definition of "patriot" in the Oxford English Dictionary is "A person actively opposing enemy forces occupying his or her country; a member of a resistance movement, a freedom fighter. Originally used of those who opposed and fought the British in the American War of Independence."

The term first was used in the U.S. by Benjamin Franklin in a 1773 letter. It referred to people who stood in opposition of those pledged to the British Crown -- the Tories aka loyalists.

On Oct. 7, 1780, American patriots prevailed against loyalists in the Carolinas and won their first Southern battle. The Battle of...