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To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. — Cicero


I first contributed to Wikipedia in September 2004. (It's cute that I signed my first article, which is a reminder to be kind to newbies.) I don't do much on Wikipedia these days, though I value it as a resource. I did my small part on a relatively narrow range of topics, usually having to do with the American Revolution and the history of the Ohio Country. I generally stayed away from high-profile articles, which required more time to maintain than I was able to give. Back in the olden days, I caught the featured article bug and created some of my best work:

Featured article star.svg Daniel Boone
Featured status 25 September 2006, made it to the Main Page on 26 January 2008. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first featured article about a participant in the American Revolutionary War. I revised the article in December 2020 to bring it back up to featured standards.
Featured article star.svg Crawford expedition
Winner of Danny's third contest on 9 November 2006 (a wonderfully unexpected honor), featured status 26 November 2006, finally reached the Main Page on May 25, 2019. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first featured article about an event in the American Revolutionary War. Apparently, no other Revolutionary War article had even been rated "A class". Crawford's Defeat was once fairly well known, but I don't think it gets mentioned in history classes anymore.
Featured article star.svg Lochry's Defeat
"Did you know?" entry for 7 December 2006, promoted to featured on 21 April 2007. A battle so little-known your history professor has probably never heard of it. There are some Revolutionary War battles even more obscure, but I'm not sure if there's enough secondary material to raise them to featured status. Might be interesting sometime to see just how obscure a battle could be and still become featured. Graced the Main Page on May 2, 2014.
Featured article star.svg Pontiac's Rebellion
Featured on 7 May 2007 after 2.5 years in the making. This appears to be the first featured article about an American Indian war. A few more reviews like this, and Mom might invite me to family reunions again. Had its day on the Main Page on 9 May 2009.

I didn't attempt to write more featured articles after that, but I enjoyed bringing the odd article up to snuff. My highlight reel includes the Illinois campaign, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, the United States Declaration of Independence, the Townshend Acts, list of delegates to the Continental Congress, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Madame Montour, Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet, Molly Brant, the Winnebago War, and the Whiskey Rebellion.

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