At Colonial Williamsburg, the newly-reconstructed Public Armoury is a hub of essential military activity. Here, during the Revolution, James Anderson produced and maintained what soldiers needed, from repairing muskets to creating cups. Today the Armoury, based on extensive archaeological and architectural research, includes a blacksmith’s shop, a kitchen, a privy, two storage buildings, and a whitesmith’s shop (for making items from tin).
After the Revolution, many veterans were disillusioned by their government’s lack of continuing support, including promised-but-undelivered wages and pensions. In the 20th and 21st centuries, G.I . bills provided vets with many services, including health care and tuition. But, despite common outpourings of thanks for their service, many continue to suffer from physical and psychological wounds.
Are there better ways to support our soldiers and our veterans?