PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY said: "The Scots-Irish were the first to proclaim for liberty in these United States. Even before Lexington, Scots-Irish blood had been shed for American freedom. In the forefront of every battle was seen their burnished mail and in the retreat was heard their voice of constancy."
"The backwoodsmen were American by birth and parentage, and of mixed race, but the dominate strain in their blood was that of the Presbyterian-Irish, the Scots-Irish as they were often called. Mingled with the descendants of many other races, they nevertheless formed the kernel of the distinctively and intensely American stock who were pioneers of our people in their march westward..." President Theodore Roosevelt (pic by David Wright, artist)
Kentucky Long Rifle ~ The great Kentucky flintlock-hunting rifle was more accurate than any known previous firearm and soon became famous. The longrifle was developed in America during the period beginning in the 1730s, and continued its development technically and artistically until it went out of fashion in the mid to late 19th century. The history of Tennessee, Kentucky, and certainly the history of the United States, are very much connected with the history of the Kentucky Long Rif...