Lecture – Gifts from the Sea: The Miraculous Stories of Two Continental Army Guns
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
One of the greatest obstacles that the Continental Army faced during its first two years was providing an adequate supply of firearms suitable for military service. Arms production in Revolutionary America never met the demand for weapons to fight the British. The timely influx of weapons captured from British ships and purchased from France saved the American cause from disaster. Independent curator and historian James L. Kochan illuminates how dependent the army was on foreign arms through the histories of two guns: a British Pattern 1756 light dragoon carbine and a French Model 1717 rampart musket. Both firearms are on loan from Mr. Kochan’s collection and on display in the current exhibition, A Revolution in Arms: Weapons in the War for Independence (through March 24, 2019).
Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
The American Revolution Institute
Tour and Public Program Manager