Alexander Hamilton’s powder horn and rifle. Hamilton’s powder horn is unique in that instead of it depicting current events or scenes he uses it as a motivational tool to show his hopes and aspirations.
The unicorn stands for Hamilton’s hopes and dreams. He personalized it by branding it with a five pointed star from his family’s coat of arms.
"First when came to Ohio"
This is a reference to the Bacon aphorism: “First the amendment of their own minds. For the removal of the impediments of the mind will sooner clear the passages of fortune than the obtaining fortune will remove the impediments of the mind.” Richman notes that the “elegant sentence structure [is] similar to ‘When in the course of human events,’ ” the first line of the Declaration of Independence.
The plot of land obviously represents wealth and financial security. To the 18th century mind it also represented freedom, because only landowners could truly be independent and in control of their own futures. Tradesmen, merchants, and other professions had to rely on others.
Honor is represented by the cinq foiles which comes from the Hamilton coat of arms.
Reputation is represented by the a roundel with fasces (to symbolize civil authority in Rome and hearken to the story of Cincinnatus)
Portrait of an Unknown Young Midshipman by British School, detail.
One of my favorite things about the Ogdensburg Founders Day French & Indian War reenactment is the way Native Americans are represented. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen. This year, they even had an Iroquois womens choir to sing traditional songs. Above, two reenactors maneuver around the battlefield. I won’t lie; when the man in the top picture turned and looked straight into my camera at the end of the battle, all the things I learned about the massacre in Deerfield came flashing before my eyes, and my heart stopped a little. We spoke a little later in the day, and he is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. If either of these gentlemen look familiar, you may have seen them in movies or documentaries within the last ten years.
Ogdensburg’s annual Founders Day French & Indian War reenactment, at the site of Fort la Presentation, was this weekend! This is one of my absolute favorite events of the year, and it never disappoints.