The Second Amendment from the 18th-century yeoman’s perspective

The recent kerfuffle about the Second Amendment has another angle aside from that of the law professors today.  This post is written based not on current legal wranglings.  It’s about the Second Amendment from a historical perspective, on a lower class level than that of the upper-level Founders like Madison.

Yeoman farmers actually won the Revolutionary War, following the lead of various officers.  One such farmer was of German descent, though he was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania on May 20, 1755.  No doubt he was bilingual German and English, his father arriving on the ship Patience in August 1750, with many more Germans.  As the war heated up, he enlisted in the militia for Berks County on April 1, 1778.  No record shows that the government, such as it was, gave him a gun.  He served as a wagon master in various regiments and companies that dissolved as often as snow in the sun.  He was even captured by the British for an unknown duration.  Through it all, he somehow managed to find time to marry a local German girl on September 1, 1781.  Their first child, a girl, was born near the end of the war on March 18, 1783.  His younger brother, incidentally, was a ranger in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and their father contributed supplies, no doubt watching British soldiers slog on by, in these Pennsylvanians’ home state.

The job description of a wagon master was not appealing to the sunshine soldier:


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