Revolutionary Army

A scene from the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Gun Quotes: Gunpowder Before Guns

In a firearms twist on what came first, the chicken or the egg, it turns out that, in early America, it was the egg–or, as we know it, gunpowder. American powder manufacture antedated gun manufacture. A powder mill at Milton, Massachusetts, near Boston, was probably the first. By the beginning of the Revolution, colonists...