Welcome to the new home of the Coos County Chapter of Oregon III%. We are a group located in Coos County, Oregon dedicated to the principles of the III Percent movement. What is a III Percenter (Threeper)?

Strictly speaking, it refers to the 3% of colonists who actively resisted the British during the Revolutionary War. In today’s world, it refers to 3% of the 100 million firearms owners in the United States, or about 3 million total people.

When the Revolutionary War began, the people could be divided into three groups. Those who supported the British (Tories), those who refused to pick a side and those who were against the British. Among those in that final group, only 3% actually took up arms and fought. The rest provided supplies, political and moral support.

If you look at the groups of Minutemen who fought at Lexington and Concord you will see the “III Percent”. They were the Colonial Militia, small groups of fighters from each town who trained together, elected their own leaders and vowed to defend their homes against any threat.

One of the most famous was Samuel Whittemore, who at 78 years was the oldest person to fight in the war. From his own field near Arlington, MA he ambushed retreating British soldiers after the battles in Lexington and Concord. Wikipedia says, “Whittemore loaded his musket and ambushed the British Grenadiers of the 47th Regiment of Foot from behind a nearby stone wall, killing one soldier. He then drew his dueling pistols and killed a grenadier and mortally wounded a second. By the time Whittemore had fired his third shot, a British detachment reached his position; Whittemore drew his sword and attacked. He was shot in the face, bayoneted numerous times, and left for dead in a pool of blood. He was found by colonial forces, alive, trying to load his musket to fight again. He was taken to Dr. Cotton Tufts of Medford, who perceived no hope for his survival. However, Whittemore lived another 18 years until dying of natural causes at the age of 96.

The modern III Percenter should strive to be a “jack of all trades” or “renaissance man” and prepared for as many eventualities as possible. The colonists in 1775 were hard working people who valued skill and knowledge. George Washington for example was a plantation owner, farmer, distiller, surveyor, soldier and statesman.

This group has been formed not only for the defense of “kith and kin”, but to come together and share valuable knowledge, whether it be firearms training and military tactics, communications, medical care, engineering, disaster preparedness or food and water storage.

Experts and amateurs in every field are welcome. Once our membership grows we will begin holding meetings and training sessions. Contact us via email at: cooscountyiiipercent@charter.net


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