Training with the Mississippi SAR

Martin gave his black powder safety class for the Mississippi SAR over this past weekend. He was accompanied by Joe Barker, David Jones, Michael Araiza, and David Michael Martin Jr from Alabama SAR. Buddy Irving attended and is a member of both societies. We are appreciative of the Miss. group for sending the photos. WeContinue reading “Training with the Mississippi SAR”


We can do your family research! Victoria Brady has been a genealogist for 30+ years and has written books on her family and on her husband, Martin Brady’s, family.  She has completed the DAR genealogy courses and attended countless workshops over the years.  She has done genealogy for people to satisfy their curiosity as wellContinue reading “GENEALOGY AND HISTORICAL RESEARCHERS”

A Veteran Came Home After 78 Years

We had the honor of attending the repatriation for WWII PFC William “Bill” Morrison yesterday at the state Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort. Color Guard members from the Gen. John Archer Elmore chapter, Joe Barker and Martin Brady, prospective member, Michael Araiza, and Mr. Price from Florida paid their respects on behalf of theContinue reading “A Veteran Came Home After 78 Years”

Alabama SAR Auxilliary Program

February 2022 I had the pleasure of speaking with the SAR Ladies Auxiliary at the February 2022 state SAR conference about 18th century embroidered clothing and accessories. Carol Irving assisted with the projector and photos. I shared the history of the art and photos of original garments along with embroidered clothing and accessories from myContinue reading “Alabama SAR Auxilliary Program”

Words to Cringe By ©

By: Victoria Brady Whenever I hear anyone use words like always, never, the first, the only, etc. etc. etc. I immediately find myself questioning the person’s credentials and knowledge base. There are exceptions to every rule as the following photos will show, and no one can with any certainty prove an illustration or an itemContinue reading “Words to Cringe By ©”

We’ve Been Busy!

These are some of the Sons of the American Revolution services and ceremonies we have attended/participated in. If you are interested in the Sons or the Daughters of the American Revolution you may email us at thistledewbooks @ yahoo . com (type all together) and we will put you in touch with someone to assistContinue reading “We’ve Been Busy!”

Brady’s Faithul Reproductions & Thistle Dew Books are vendors at the Contemporary Long Rifles annual show.

The annual CLA show was cancelled in 2020 due to the plague and the restrictions imposed, so this year was especially enjoyable for all. We made new friends, reconnected with some old friends, did some bartering and selling, learned a lot, conversed with some individuals about Sons of the American Revolution, and admired the workContinue reading “Brady’s Faithul Reproductions & Thistle Dew Books are vendors at the Contemporary Long Rifles annual show.”

Presentation at Cedar Hill

On July 24, Martin and I, along with Rick Wells, presented, on behalf of the Gen. John Archer Elmore Chapter SAR, and Atagi Chapter DAR, the life of a common soldier, women on the home-front, and Camp Followers in Washington’s Army. The latter worked as cooks, laundresses, mending clothing, filling soldiers’ canteens, even on occasionContinue reading “Presentation at Cedar Hill”

Camp Followers with Washington’s Army©

Camp followers were unfortunate wretches, men, women, and children, whose best hope for their well-being was to follow the army and work at anything for which they could be paid and/or receive rations from the army.  The first thing that comes to mind for many is prostitutes, however, those were few, there being more washer-women,Continue reading “Camp Followers with Washington’s Army©”