When Tedros Moves His Lips, Beijing Speaks

Tedros Adhanom WHO Speaks

On February 15, 2020, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, addressed the Munich Security Conference. At that time, there were only about 60K cases of Covid-19 in China and about 500 in the rest of the world. Tedros was more concerned with misinformation than with containment. In his address, he said:

“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus, and is just as dangerous.” And if we don’t tackle this, he went on, “we are headed down a dark path that leads nowhere but division and disharmony.”

Even if Tedros was just moving his lips while the ministry of propaganda back in Beijing was doing the actual talking, truer words about the “dark path” have never been spoken. The whole Covid-19 affair with its denial of lab experiments, the fictitious Wet markets origin theory, inflated high mortality rates (currently claimed by the WHO to be 3.9% when in actuality it’s less than 0.4%), artificial shortage to PPE (it exists, it’s just being diverted away from the US by the Chinese), and incendiary MSM coverage, is most likely a Chines information/economic warfare campaign that is using the WHO, our politicians, and various media outlets for its payload delivery.

A Profile of a Chinese Enabler
Tedros was voted WHO director-general in 2017, replacing another incompetent Chinese medical prodigy, Dr. Margaret Chan. Tedros is the first WHO director-general without a medical degree. He also possesses the worst job qualifications in the written history of employment.

Tedros got his bachelors degree in biology from the University of Asmara in Eritrea. After his graduation, he served in a junior position at the Ministry of Health under the Marxist dictatorship of Mengistu. After the fall of Mengistu in 1991, he popped-up in the UK and got a masters degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London. In 2000, he got a PhD in Community Health from the University of Nottingham. His dissertation was titled: “The effects of dams on malaria transmission in Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia.” From the writing style analysis of the dissertation, it is unlikely that he actually wrote it himself.

Just like another incompetent British sponsored PhD named Joseph Mifsud, Tedros’s subsidized academic pedigree also hints of political grooming. This plan apparently derailed when Tedros chose to become a Chinese client instead of continuing to pay homage to his old (and cash-strapped) patrons at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

From 2005-2012, under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Tedros was the Minister of Health. During his tenure, he covered-up one of the worst outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopian history. Between 2012-2016, he was the Ethiopian foreign minister and was involved in the violent suppression and starvation of the rival Amhara clan. A little known biographical detail about Tedros is that he was the 3rd ranking member of the politburo of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) Terrorist Organization.

Tedros Adhanom
Image 1: Tedros, his FPLF linkage, and his full-time job as China’s propaganda mouthpiece

Tedros’s rapid rise to the top of the directorship of the WHO began after his collaboration with Bill Gates and the Clinton Foundation. Running some analytics on Tedros’s activity between 1991-2018 shows conduct riddled with fraud, corruption, the worst forms of human rights abuses, and scandals.

I Would Like toThank the Bills for this gig
Image 2
: Tedros with his power base

Tedros  lying about the 2016 Ethiopian Army Troops Firing at Peaceful Demonstrators
Image 3
: Tedros lying about the Ethiopian police/army being unarmed and not firing and attacking the crowd at the Irreecha cultural festival in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016.  “Indeed, it is quite clear from the videos that there was no shooting and the police were unarmed.” 

Glaring character flaws and dishonesty aside, an interesting point of convergence between Tedros, China, and the Covid-19 pandemic is that Ethiopia received billions of dollars in Chinese aid over the past few years. Tedros has personally benefited from this aid in the form of several well-padded foreign bank accounts. In this context, it doesn’t take much effort to figure out why he advised Ethiopian Airlines to continue to fly daily from major Chinese cities. This is while 59 other air carriers from 44 different countries all grounded their flights to and from China. Ethiopian Airlines still insists that it will follow directives from the WHO and continue its daily China flights.

HRC Political Office vs. Donations
Image 4: HRC political office vs. donations to the Clinton Foundation. Tedros brokered a $100 million donation to the Clinton foundation. Within a few months, he became the director-general of the WHO. In 2017, Bill Clinton described Tedros as “one of the ablest public servants I ever worked with.

In terms of the Chinese logistical involvement in making the epidemic a pandemic, it just happens that they financed and built the international airport in Addis Ababa. This airport is the ‘gateway’ for travel between China and Africa. It is also a major hub for European and US traffic. Ethiopia’s Bole airport sees, on average, 1500 passengers per day arriving from China. Just like in the case of the wide-open Ethiopian route, the same type of heavy china outbound passenger traffic to other locations continued long after they knew that the epidemic in Wuhan reached critical infection levels.

Tedros Adhanom Thank You China
Image 5
: Thank you China for ‘bolstering the fight against COVID19’, giving the MHO 20 million dollars, and providing its African clients with endless supply of PPE.

Any discussion about the emerging Chinese infodemic narrative, their research of a synthetic version of the Covid-19 virus, their US influence operations, and the WHO’s complacency in this pandemic should be viewed through these Tedros statements:

  1. On using Google and SM to suppress counter WHO Covid-19 narrative
    “Given the misinformation about the novel coronavirus epidemic, WHO has communicated with some companies including Google to ensure that the public will get the authoritative information from the WHO.”
  2. On international travel restriction to and from China
    “Travel restrictions [to and from China] can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”
  3. On quarantine requirements for the sick
    “The lockdown of people is unprecedented in public health history, so it is certainly not a recommendation the WHO has made.”
  4. On the virus not being transmittable between people
    “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China.”
  5. On spreading official Chinese government propaganda
    “The WHO highly appreciates the tremendous efforts China has made to contain the epidemic.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus China, China, China
Image 6
: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, ‘All good things come from China’

Where is the COVID-19 Messaging Coming From?
The majority of the aggressive narrative regarding the lethality of the Covid-19 pandemic and it’s apocalyptic nature is now coming from the WHO (they originally claimed no human transmission) and a related international network of activist, politicians, big-tech, and reporters. A large number of these ‘activists’ are US based MSM journalists. Running some SIGINT on the sources of the messaging shows clear signs of 3C activity, timing, and a publication strategy. Not surprisingly, the main stated objective in many of these communications is the political targeting of the Trump administration. It is also of note that some of these ‘activists’ include politicians, who have been discussing the need for the development of ‘scientific eye candy’ to help support the predictions of a zombie apocalypse.

If you still doubt that this is a coordinated campaign, here is a sampling of the massaging topics that the ‘Covid-19 network’ has generated over the past 10 weeks:

  • Trump has made America a failed state and a third world country
  • The ‘Jewish involvement’ in the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Stock market is collapsing and people will lose all their savings
  • Hospitals will be overwhelmed
  • The reason for PPE shortage in the US is the Trump administration
  • The Corona virus infects and kills both young and old at the same rate
  • Trump is doing nothing to stop the spread of the virus
  • Reference to the Chinese origin of virus is racist and xenophobic
  • The Chinese have done everything to combat the pandemic
  • Trump will declare martial law and eliminate the 2020 elections
  • Need to mobilize Web 2.0-3.0 platforms and SMEs to support the narrative
  • The source of Covid-19 are the Wuhan ‘Wet markets

The following is a sampling of three profiles of members of the ‘Covid-19 network’ of contributors from outlets like WaPo, NYT, and the foreign media.

Brian Klass WaPo Reporter and Agent Saboteur Extraordinaire
Brian Klass is an American originally from Minnesota who lives and works in the UK. He is governor Mark Dayton’s former driver. He received his BA from Carleton College, a masters degree in Politics Science from Oxford, and his PhD in Comparative Government from Oxford. He has worked with Soros affiliated organizations and has ties to the British IC. He is a fellow in the department of global politics at the London School of Economics, an assistant professor of global politics at University College London, and a reporter for The Washington Post.

Brian Klass About Me
Image 7: Brian Klass in his own words

Klass knows several of the key players in the Steele Dossier such as Luke Harding and Ellen Nakashima (the reporter behind the allegation that the Russians hacked/leaked the DNC emails). Klass is a frequent television commentator and democratic political consultant, a US campaign adviser, and political analyst of US and foreign policy in mainstream media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and CBS. He is an author of several anti-Trump books including: “The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy”, the “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy”, and  the Co-Author of “How to Rig an Election”.  

Brian Klass and Friends
Image 8
: Brian Klass, samples of his linkage and political MSM activity

Ferris Jabr
Image 9: The profile of Ferris Jabr, the ‘authority’ referenced in the February 2020 edits of the Wikipedia entry about the mortality rates of the Spanish Flu (changing them from 10%-20% to 1%-3%), thus, promoting the narrative that Covid-19 is as deadly as the Spanish Flu

Colonel Coşkun Başbuğ
Image 10:
Coşkun Başbuğ, Retired Turkish intelligence Colonel specialist in psychological warfare in an interview on Turkish TV: “of course, Jews are behind this…”

*** Update 03/24/2020 ***
I’ve received several requests for a proof that MSM outlets have coordinated the above mentioned ‘massaging topics’ well in advance. For example, that they would predict false astronomical death rates. The following is a posting by Chris Hayes, a lead reporter with MSNBC that predicts a 50% mortality rate.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes 50 Percent Death Rate from COVID 19

*** Update 03/25/2020 ***
’CBS This Morning’ video footage substitution fake. Using imagery from an ER in a hospital in Bergamo Lombardy in Northern Italy and passing it as footage of an ER in a New York city hospital in order to enhance the fear messaging. CBS senior editorial instructions were to ‘strip the Sky News logo from the footage’ so as not to expose its foreign source. The Sky News piece itself is also full of false claims like that the Covid-19 mortality rate is 50%.

CBS Italy Hospital in New York City

*** Update 03/26/2020  ***
America is a failed state (another item in the above mentioned massaging topics). The following is a sample posting by Julia Ioffe, a GQ Magazine reporter who posted a piece titled “Who’s the shithole country now?”.

 America is a failed state

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

The Effects of Dams on Malaria Transmission in Tigray Region, Northern Ethiopia, and Appropriate Control Measures – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, University of Nottingham, 2000

Samples of massaging topics showing up in media coverage
Racist Attitudes Could Aid & Abet the Spread of the Pandemic: Laurie Garrett on Coronavirus
New Evidence of Trump’s Botched Response to Coronavirus: Democracy Now
Coronavirus cases could swamp South Dakota hospitals if projections hold: USA Today

COVID-19 related Chinese influence operations and key early events timeline
Youyou Wang – The profile of a Chinese propaganda officer working as a reporter in the US
Wuhan Virus Response – Internal Chinese Covid-19 communications and supporting artifacts
The Wuhan Virology Lab Linkage – The organizational and financial network
Reverse Engineered Remdesivir – Chinese Patent application for “RedoxivirI”, the reversed engineered Gilead’s drug “Remdesivir”. The patent claim shows that the Chinese authorities knew about the epidemic in December 2019 and were preparing for wide scale outbreak

Wikipedia edits showing an alignment of the Spanish Flu with the Covid-19 mortality rates:

Pre-February 22, 2020 Wikipedia Spanish flu article, the “Around the globe” section stats:

The global mortality rate from the 1918–1919 pandemic is not known, but an estimated 10% to 20% of those who were infected died (case-fatality ratio).”

Post-February 22, 2020 Wikipedia Spanish flu article, the “Around the globe” section stats:

“Estimates vary as to the total number who died. An estimate from 1991 says it killed 25–39 million people.[47] A 2005 estimate put the death toll at probably 50 million (less than 3% of the global population)…”

Copyright 2020 Yaacov Apelbaum, All Rights Reserved.

Washington’s Mystery Firearm

Washington's Firearm

Dear Smithsonian Magazine Editor,

Your October 2019 edition of the Secrets of American History Smithsonian magazine contains an article by David Preston titled “New Evidence Young George Washington Started a War”. The cover image has an illustration by Tim O’Brien of a man resembling George Washington leaning with both hands on a firearm. The body of the article has an additional image by O’Brien showing what appears to be the same figure holding a smoking muzzle loader firearm. The firearms featured in these two illustrations suggest that Washington was carrying a musket, likely based on a circa 1742 Brown Bess Long Land pattern.

George Washington Smithsonian Magazine October 2019
Image 1: The Smithsonian magazine article illustrations of George Washington’s firearm and the likely 1742 Brown Bess model that the artwork is based on

The implication that Washington was carrying a musket during the French Indian war is unfounded and uncorroborated by any historical source and is almost certainly wrong. I would like to correct several misconceptions that the imagery and article imply. The evidence that I will present here is based on a combination of historical document review and the use of Artificial Intelligence-based image analytics. The analytics were used to analyze various physical objects belonging to Washington in addition to a large collection of period firearms.

Historical Records 
Based on historical records dating to 1755-1772, we can safely establish that Washington owned several long firearms. However, there is no evidence that he used a musket or a fusil. We know this from these sources:

  1. His diary details his purchase and use of more than one rifle
  2. His diary details his travels on the frontier with a rifle
  3. One of his letters indicates that he lent his rifle to another individual during the war and another correspondence suggests that he didn’t ever get it back
  4. His diary contains entries of his hunting excursions (most likely with a fowler)
  5. His diary details his use and ownership of a number of fowling pieces 
  6. Multiple letters indicate that Morgan’s rifleman were Washington’s pride and joy unit and attest to his affinity for military rifle use.

Firearms of the First President
Image 2: 1956 NRA The American Rifleman Magazine: a review of Washington’s historical firearm collection and the misidentification of the firearm in the Peale portrait as a musket (click image for larger view)

To emphasize the veracity of these historical records, we can reference the following events:

On July 19, 1754, after a failed expedition to oust the French from the areas of the Ohio River, Washington—the 22 year old commander of the American force—was forced to surrender at Fort Necessity. From the records of the weapons confiscated by the French, we know that there were “7 rifled guns” valued at £6 each.

Nearly two months after his surrender, on August 27, 1754, James Mackay, Washington’s comrade in arms wrote to him:

“I Shall take care that you Shall have your Rifle, but the man that has it hops that youl be So good as to gett him Some other Rifle for it, as you Was plasd to accquaint every person that whatever they Carried Should be their own and every person have payd for what ever they Returnd.”

From the context of the letter, it looks like Washington lent his rifle (not a musket or a fusil) to a soldier during the battle and was now trying to retrieve it.

In another example, Washington’s diary entry for March, 1770 shows that he was staying with his friend Robert Alexander. The two used to hunt together and on that occasion, he rode to “George Town” (a village eight miles upstream from Alexandria, Virginia) to pick up his rifle from the gunsmith John Yost for £6 and 10 shillings (about $1,500 in today’s currency). His preference for high quality firearm can be gauged from the fact that during the Revolution, Yost made rifles for American troops and invoiced them at £4 and 15 shillings each. So Washington paid almost a hundred percent premium for this custom-made rifle!

Three years later, on his 41st birthday, February 22, 1773, Washington’s dairy details his purchase of another rifle from Aaron Ashbrook for £4 and 15 shillings. Later that year, he had it repaired by Joshua Baker, a gun-maker in Frederick County, Virginia, who specialized in rifles.

According to the late Milton F. Perry the former curator of history at the West Point Museum, at the time of his death, Washington possessed around 19 pistols, three rifles, four muskets, and nine fowlers. The reason for owning these muskets could be explained through an August, 1748 advertisement published by Washington’s older brother Lawrence. In it, he referred to a runaway slave that stole “new soldier musket”. In similar fashion, it is possible that Washington’s muskets were part of the plantation armory and were used by his staff for general purpose security.

So, from documentary evidence, we have no reason to assume that Washington personally used long firearms other than hunting fowlers or rifles.

1740 Fowler
Image 3: A sample 75 ¾” long .65 caliber fowler circa 1750-1760 (George C. Neumann Collection Valley Forge National Historical Park)

Caliber and Powder Charge
One possible reason for Washington’s use of longer custom made firearms with smaller calibers (i.e. less than .75) could be attributed to the American emphasis on ball speed and distance. In Europe, hunting with guns was a luxury pastime reserved for the nobility. In America, on the frontier settlements, gun powder and lead were scarce and gun ownership and hunting skills were a question of survival. Children were introduced to firearms from an early age. Reverend Joseph Doddridge who grew up on the Virginia frontier wrote:

“A well grown boy, at the age of twelve or thirteen years, was furnished with a small rifle and shot pouch. He then became a fort soldier, and had his port hole assigned him. Hunting squirrels, turkeys and raccoon soon made him expert in the use or his gun…

Shooting at marks was a common diversion among the men, when their stock of ammunition would allow it; this, however, was far from being always the case. The present mode of shooting off hand was not then in practice. This mode was not considered as any trial of the value of a gun; nor, indeed, as much of a “test of the skill of a marksman. Their shooting was from a rest, and at as great distance as the length and weight of the barrel of the gun would throw a ball on a horizontal level.

Such was their regard to accuracy, in these sportive trials of their rifles, and of their own skill in the use of them, that they often put moss, or some other soft substance, on the log or stump from which they shot, for fear of having the bullet thrown from the mark, by the spring of the barrel. When the rifle was held to the side of a tree for a rest, it was pressed against it as lightly as possible,
for the same reason. Rifles of former times were different from those of modem date; few of them carried more than forty-live bullets to the pound. Bullets of less size were not thought sufficiently heavy for hunting or war.”

Another American innovation was the reduction of bullet caliber: the Brown Bess smoothbore army muskets averaged .75 of an inch. Many Pennsylvania long gun makers reduced the caliber to between .45 and .50. The smaller rounds made for major savings. Using one pound of lead, one could mold about 11 .75 caliber balls; for a .50, that figure would triple to 33.

The Europeans believed that a larger bullet was more lethal than a smaller one and so refused to downgrade the size of their rounds. It turns out, though, that the size of the round does matter, but the bullet’s lethality depends to a larger degree on the proportion of gunpowder charge to the size of the bullet. The American practice was to load half the weight of the bullet in powder.

Alexander Rose, in his excellent book: The American Rifle, explains this practice in the following way:

“[Using this ratio, an American smaller ball weighing 200 grains (1 gram = 15.43 grains) would be boosted by 100 grains of powder (6.5 grams), and a British ball of 400 grains, by the same 200 grains. Thus, a British shooter would load the same amount of powder as an American, but because the ball was much heavier, each grain would be forced to do more work. The projectile’s velocity and kinetic energy consequently suffered. So, what the smaller American ball lost by its lack of weight was made up by increased velocity of the higher powder ratio.]”

Imagery of Washington’s Long Firearm
Peale’s portrait of Colonel Washington is unique among the many paintings of eighteenth-century American field officers who are typically depicted with swords and not with long firearms.

George Washington by Charles Willson Peale Rifle
Image 4: The 40 year old Colonel George Washington in 1772 depicted by Charles Willson Peale. The painting shows a non-standard issue firearm that does not match any known Brown Bess musket or fusil pattern

George Washington 1855 Etching Print From 1772 Portrait By Charles Willson Peale-2 Engravering of George Washington by Forrest John 1814-1870 after  by Charles Willson Peale-3
Image 5:
Two Engravings of George Washington by Forrest John 1814-1870 after the portrait by Charles Willson Peale 1772. The slender stock, the ramrod thimbles, and the lack of a bayonet lug suggests that this a fowler piece.

One example of this trend is the 1821 painting by John Trumbull titled the “Surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga”. The group painting only shows two firearms: one a short carbine carried by Captain Seymour (the figure on horseback), and the other a long firearm held by Colonel William Prescott. Colonel Morgan—the rifle icon standing in front of Prescott in a white linen hunting frock—is seen holding a sword. Evaluating Prescott’s long firearm in this painting suggests that this is also not a Brown Bess. Prescott was over 6 feet tall and from the proportions and height of the firearm in the image (the tip of the barrel reaches his mid face) it looks like his gun could possibly be a fowler or a rifle.

Surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York on October 17, 1777
Image 6: The 1777 painting depicting General Burgoyne prepared to surrender his sword to General Gates (see painting legend here)

Prescott owned a sword and we have evidence that he used it several times during the Battle of Bunker Hill, so the fact that he is featured in the painting with a long firearm must have had some contextual significance.

The shortage of long firearms in group and personal portraits of senior American officers likely has to do with the subtle message that the subjects of paintings wished to convey. The presence of edged weapons such as the small sword or cavalry saber indicated military status and rank. Firearms were utilitarian tools. Throughout history, guns were associated with common soldiers and weren’t usually carried by officers in the field. The only time a gentleman officer looked through the sights of such weapons and pulled the trigger was when he was engaged in target practice, hunting, or shooting game.

Washington is probably one of few senior American or British officers who had such an affinity for long firearms and would thus prefer that it be incorporated into his portrait.

Surrender of Lord Cornwallis 1820
Image 7: Plenty of swords but not one firearm in sight.  The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, October 19, 1781, by John Trumbull c.1820 (see painting legend here).

Alexander Rose provides the following explanation for Washington’s inclusion of a firearm as a prop in his portrait:

“The rifle is instead discreetly tucked away in the background, serving, it seems, as a reassuring symbol, for those in the know, that this individual, dressed in a uniform last donned two decades before, is one of them. So what was Washington telling his fellow Americans? The answer lies hidden somewhere amid the vast, remote American wilderness, An unconquered territory densely thicketed by forests, rumpled by towering mountain ranges, and watered by unbridgeable rivers.

For newcomers to this land, it was a terrifying place such as had not existed in Europe since the dark and cold days of the Neanderthals. It was the frontier… In the 1770s, for those staid Virginian planters sitting in the clubby House and reluctantly steeling themselves for the final showdown with London that would erupt at Lexington and Concord, that rifle in the Peale portrait symbolized something meaningful. Washington’s rifle was carefully calculated to prompt a certain reaction. It was a deliberate effort to capture the image of the frontiersman, then as now a halcyon icon of very American—or in the political context of the 1770s, anti-British—traits: doughty individualism, rugged self-reliance, and an independent spirit determined to defend hearth and home against the predations of outsiders.

By identifying himself simultaneously with the American frontiersman and with the professional soldier, Washington succeeded in squaring an obstinately round circle. One day, and that day was fast approaching, this feat would Lead to his unanimously approved elevation to commander in chief of the American forces for a war of independence.”

So, based the social trends of the time and the preference for personal arms found in the period paintings and illustrations, we have no reason to assume that an American officer would carry a Brown Bess musket.

Senior Officers with Swords
Image 8:
Portraits of revolutionary war officers (both British and American) posing with swords

The Analysis of Washington’s Firearm
Considering the previous historical and artistic evidence, I will argue that the firearm in the painting is not a standard military issue Brown Bess (as depicted in the Smithsonian article), but rather a custom made piece, most likely a fowler. Fowler or fowling arms were primarily used for hunting waterfowl during the 17th and 18th centuries. We know from historical records and museum specimens that these type of firearms saw action during the French Indian War and during the American Revolution with militias. The fowler was operationally similar to the musket but had a smaller caliber, was longer, and did not have a bayonet lug.

My argument that the firearm in the Peale painting is a fowler is based on the following:

  1. The key features of the firearm in the painting and several later lithographs of it do not match any known Brown Bess morphology.
  2. The edge of the wood stock closer to the barrel tip doesn’t have a foreend brass cap. It just tapers upwards toward the barrel.
  3. The tight fit of the ramrod next to the barrel doesn’t leave room for mounting a bayonet–which was a mandatory feature on the land pattern Brown Bess
  4. The diameter of the brass ramrod cap is close to the caliber of the barrel. This was not the case with the Brown Bess where the ramrod cap was noticeably smaller than the 0.75-0.76 range caliber
  5. The length of the firearm is about 65”-70”, much longer than the average 58” of the Brown Bess

Note on Firearm Uniformity
There are numerous variations in the models of 18th century military firearms. Individual items like the ramrod composition (wood/brass/steel), the use of belt hooks, the geometry of the stock and thimbles could be different for each production batch by the same gunsmith. There is a great deal of variation among samples of surviving firearms, even from the same year and shop. These differences are the result of not just eighteenth-century manufacturing processes but also deliberate choices made by individual gun makers and the incremental evolution of the firearm design.

Ferguson Rifle and the Brown Bass Patterns
Image 9:
Two Brown Bass musket patterns from c. 1755 and two c. 1776 Ferguson rifle patterns

The Analysis 
My strategy in trying to solve the question of Washington’s firearm involved the use the process of elimination. The rationale was that it would be exceedingly difficult—if not impossible—to precisely match the firearm in the painting, but relatively easy to eliminate the possibility that it was a Brown Bess.

My first step was to collect precise dimensions from the portrait itself and from at least one item depicted in it and then to try and determine the scale of the painting in order to confirm the accuracy of Peale’s rendition of the details. Once the scale was determined, I evaluated the caliber of the firearm muzzle: if it came up in the 0.75 range, then it could be a Brown Bess. Anything significantly below that caliber would indicate a rifle or a fowler.

Another measurement objective was to evaluate the overall length of the firearm. The Brown Bess standard length of the long land pattern was about 58”, so a length in excess of 60”-70” would eliminate the possibility that this was a standard pattern musket.

Brown Bess Patterns
Image 10: Samples of several Brown Bass patterns used in the analysis

As I was solving the painting scale problem, I also used an artificial intelligence image object classifier and detector to evaluate a large collection of images of period firearms. This was done in the hopes of finding a match or at least a close similarity.

Ram Rods
Image 11
: Sample of images of ramrods used for the machine learning training set

ML Fusils Muskets Fowlers and Rifles
Image 12: Sample of several hundred images of period long firearms used for the machine learning training set

Sample of evaluated Fusils, Muskets, and riles
Image 13: Sample of several hundred images of period long firearms evaluated in the analysis

Solving the Scale Problem
Luckily, both Washington’s portrait and his small sword survived and are kept at the Mount Vernon Museum in Virginia. The curators at the museum were exceedingly generous and accommodating and allowed me to visit and take precise measurements and high resolution scans of Washington’s small sword. I was also fortunate enough to acquire a high resolution scan of the restored Peale portrait.

Object in Peale's Painting
Image 14
: Various objects and their rough scale in Peale’s painting

Image 15: Collection of gorgets used for size estimation

After collating the field measurements, I then dimensioned all of the visible parts of the small sword in the portrait.  I focused on the ornaments, and details on the quillion, grip, knuckle guard, pummel, and button.

General Washington's Sword
Image 16: Dimensions taken directly from Washington’s short sword: courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Measurement Results
The analysis of the physical sword dimensions and its comparison to the sword depicted in the portrait indicate that Peale’s work was accurate to within 2 mm. This is quite incredible and a true testament to Peale’s artistic abilities.

Washington was about 6’-3” (75”) and as can be clearly seen in Peale portrait, the firearm—if rotated from slanted to vertical view—would be slightly shorter than his height. Using the paint scale vs. the actual scale, I concluded that the firearm caliber was in the range of .65 caliber and the firearm length was in the range of 70”.  As I suspected, the caliber was about 10% smaller than that of the Brown Bess, .75, and about 20% longer of the Brown Bess 58”.

Washington Portrait With Projeced Full Size Firearm
Image 17
: Projected length of gun using the scaled firearm and John Trumbull’s portrait dimensions for Washington’s body

Based on these evidence, I think that we can conclude that the firearm in the Peale portrait is not a Brown Bess and neither should it be depicted as one in the Smithsonian article.

Special thanks to Mrs. Amanda Issac, the Associate Curator at the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association for allowing me to photograph and take measurements of George Washington’s 1767 Silver-Hilted Smallsword. Credit: Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Special thanks to both Mrs. Rebecca Williams, the Museum Operations Assistant and Mrs. Patricia Hobbs, the Associate Director/Curator of Art & History Museums at Washington and Lee University for sharing a high resolution image of the portrait U1897.1.1, titled “George Washington as Colonel of the Virginia Regiment” (1772) by Charles Willson Peale. Credit: Washington and Lee University.

Special thanks to Mr. Less Jensen, the Curator of Arms and Armor at the West Point Museum for allowing me to photograph and measure the historical arms at the museum’s special collection. Credit: U.S. Army West Point Museum

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

American Rifle: A Biography – Alexander Rose
Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima – Alexander Rose
Notes on the settlement and Indian wars of the western parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1763 to 1783 – Joseph Doddridge, p123
Firearms in American History 1600-1800 – Charles Winthrop Sawyer
The History of Weapons of the American Revolution – George C. Neumann
The Flintlock Musket: Brown Bess and Charleville 1715–1865 – Stuart Reid, Steve Noon (Illustrator), Alan Gilliland (Illustrator)
Red Coat and Brown Bess – Anthony. Darling
Red Coat & Brown Bess. Historical Arms Series No 12 – Anthony D. Darling
The Brown Bess; An Identification Guide and Illustrated Study of Britain’s Most Famous Musket –Erik Goldstein, Stuart Mowbray
Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age 3rd Edition – Joe Kindig Jr
Firearms in American History – 1600 to 1800 – Charles Winthrop Sawyer
The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle – Henry J. Kauffman
Kentucky Rifles & Pistols 1750-1850 – James R. Johnson

On-line Articles
Founders Online
– Correspondence and other writings of six major shapers of the United States
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The Virginia Gazette Sat Sep 9 1775 Morgan is in Town
Image 18: The Virginia Gazette Saturday September 9, 1775 discussing Captain Morgan’s and Captain Cresap’s rifleman arrival to Boston (click image for larger view)

Henry and John Yost Gunsmiths (Samuel Preston Adams IIINSSAR# 185382 Saramana Chapter SAR)

“John Yost, arms supplier, Georgetown, District of Columbia. On July 7, 1776, of that year he contracted to make 300 muskets at £4/5/0 each, and 100 rifles at £4/15/0 each. By the late summer of 1776 he had erected a horse mill for boring gun barrels in Georgetown, now in the District of Columbia.

On January 17, 1776, the Council of Safety requested information on furnishing and delivery of guns. On August 1, 1776, the Council of Safety concerning shipment of arms. On September 13, 1776, Yost wrote to the Council of Safety concerning the manufacture of guns.

On December 9, 1776, Yost wrote to the Council of Safety requesting monies. In 1776 Yost wrote to the governor, asking for payment on account for making muskets and rifles. [Maryland State Revolutionary War Papers]. On 10 August 1776, the Council of Safety paid “John Yost ,400 to enable him to manufac­ture good substantial Musquets”  [5 Amer Arch 1 at 1352]. 

On 3 March 1776, “Pay to John Yost £2/11/7 for repairing guns” [11  Md Arch 214]. On 23 May 1776, “Send the Musquets made by John Yost at Georgetown to Port Tobacco in Charles County”  [4 Amer Arch 5 at 1576].  John Murdock of Montgomery County to the Governor: “16 July 1781 “John Yost who has already repaired several public arms and is now employed about those you sent last to this county.” Murdock warned the governor that unless Yost was paid for work already done, and the state was much in arrears, he was going to stop work  [47 Md Arch 351-52].

During the War of American Independence, John and his brother Henry Yost of George Towne (now Georgetown, Washington, D.C.) manufactured muskets and bayonets for the American forces. Henry (Heinrich) and John (Johannes) Yost (Youst) entered into contract with the Revolutionary Committee of Safety as early as October 1775 to produce muskets and bayonets exclusively for the Continental Congress for one year. They committed themselves to delivering to Annapolis 75 muskets with bayonets by May 1776. But they ran behind, and by May 1 the weapons had not yet arrived in the capital of the Province of Maryland. Therefore, they received a letter admonishing them. They then committed themselves to producing not only the 75 weapons by May but to deliver an additional 25 each following month to Major Price of Georgetown.

They must have completed the first order by May 23, because Col. Beall was told on that day to deliver muskets produced by John and Henry Yost to the company stationed in Port Tobacco on the Potomac.”

George Washington to Daniel Morgan, June 13, 1777:

”Orders to Colonel Daniel Morgan [Middlebrook, N.J., 13 June 1777]


The Corps of Rangers newly formed and under your Command, are to be considered as a Body of Light Infantry and are to act as such, for which reason they will be exempted from the common Duties of the Line.

At present you are to take post at Van Veighters Bridg⟨e⟩ and watch, with very small scouting parties (to avoid fatiguing your men too much under the present appearance of things) the Enemy’s left Flank, and particularly the Roads leading from Brunswic towards Millstone, princetown &ca.

In case of any movement of the Enemy you are instantly to fall upon their flanks and gall them as much as possible, taking especial Care not to be surrounded⟨,⟩ or ha⟨ve your⟩ Retreat to the Army cut off.

I have sent for Spears which I expect shortly to receive and deliver to you, as a defence against Horse. Till you are furnished with these, take care not to be caught in such a Situation as to give them any advantage over you.

Given under my Hand at Head Quarters Middle Brook this 13th June 1777.”


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