National Geographic : 1974 Jul
muskets shrouds the scene in smoke. Harness maker Irvin H. Diehl, an officer of the militia (above), chuckles at the proceedings. Henry became commander-in-chief of the Virginia militia in 1775. "The war is inevitable," he forecast a month before the battle of Lexing ton and Concord. "An appeal to arms, and to the God of hosts, is all that is left us."