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True Patriots

Brian3769 Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 2:42 PM
True considering that as you aptly point out, Ferguson invented a breech-loading rifle years before King's Mountain and presented it to Britain's army. London's War Office, however, ignored it -- not unlike unimaginative military establishments worldwide, who notoriously distrust innovation. Ferguson's invention was stalled, going nowhere. His death changed nothing. Breech-loading British Enfields finally appeared in small numbers 80-years later, during the U.S. Civil War, but neither the North nor the South recognized their importance.
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...