I would like to dedicate this post to all those ladies of the frontier, those who needed to learn how to shoot and face every danger that men did, in addition to providing every aspect of everyday needs for their families. Also, to those women who dropped everything to follow after their soldier husbands, trudging over all manner of country, facing all manner of hardships, only to have people try to deny their very presence 200 years later.
Top picture (I didn’t take it, but I wish I had; just look at it!):
Kristi Heasley is passionate about frontier history and participates in re-enactments and educational events in her spare time.
The bottom images are mine and they are from one of my favorite monuments I’ve ever encountered. It stands at Fort Ontario in Oswego, N.Y.
"From the hearth of America comes the heart of America."
(Inset at base) “This hearth is dedicated to the women and children of all races who lived and died on the colonial frontier. It was built by their grateful descendants in the bicentennial year of our Lord, one thousand, nine hundred and seventy six. Where they walked, the United States of America began.”