Every Insult and Indignity: The Life Genius and Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson
“Every Insult and Indignity”
The Life, Genius and Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson by Ricky Roberts and Bryan Brown
I had the pleasure reading the trade paperback version (with color photos and illustrations) of this new book by Ricky Roberts and Bryan Brown. It is 235 pages of lively information and photographs on the Ferguson rifle and it’s developer Major Patrick Ferguson. It is written in a very conversational manner as you would expect from these two old-school flintlock shooters and experimental archeologists!
What I really like about this book on the first “assault rifle” is the authors’ rigorous methods in their first-hand research on the care, loading and cleaning of the gun. They even have replicated Ferguson’s original testing for the Crown. Further, the book challenges our common belief of the boogeymen, Tarleton and Ferguson, during our Revolutionary War. What a read!
Finally, was the Ferguson Ordinance Rifle at The Battle of King’s Mountain? I am not sure, but read what Mr. Roberts and Mr. Brown have to say about that.
One thing is for sure, thanks to the efforts of the authors, Revolutionary War scholars will have a bit to think about and have to adjust what they say in the future.
Thanks for reading,
PS: I am pleased to announce that the definitive book on the Ferguson rifle is now available from Ricky Roberts and Bryan Brown. See www.everyinsultandindignity.com.
I hope you enjoy this one minute video of Ricky Roberts shooting the Ferguson Rifle.