Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Revolutionary War Reenactment at Mount Harmon Plantation at World's End in Earleville, Maryland

     His Majesty's Marines recently fielded at the British Brigade/Continental Line national event the weekend of 12-13 October at The Road to Brandywine at Mount Harmon Plantation, near Earleville, Maryland .  In short, the event was a smashing success. 


At the earth works

     The weather was perfect, the site is one of the best in the country for large, sweeping re-enactments.  The Marines were kept on 500 acre property, participating in both large and small actions throughout the day and evening.

View of part of the British Camp from the roof of the Mansion House 
   
     This event paid homage to the late August 1777 landing of a large army just a few miles away at the Head of Elk, and the ensuing skirmishes that took place nearby (Cecil County, Maryland) prior to the army marching off to fight the  Battle of Brandywine.  

The Brigadier spies on the enemy

     The event activities included:  Serving out in the field for extended periods of times guarding assigned posts; Participating in patrols around the property; Guarding the earthworks and the work parties assigned to them; and, Crewing on board small boats patrolling the surrounding shorelines.  Each day featured a large battle with all forces participating, which included over 300 or more infantrymen in the field, ten artillery pieces, and about 30 horse.  As more than one participant noted, it felt like we were in a movie.  Saturday evening featured an American assault that took the works from British hands, followed by a more amiable Jollification party in the grounds' boxwood garden.







     The Road to Brandywine at Mount Harmon Plantation ranks up there as one of the best re-enactment events in recent memory.   The event was well covered by gifted photographers from around the country, including: Al Pochek, Michael Itamura, Jeff Bross, Kimberly Walters, Karen Morgan, and John DiCarlo, just to name a few.  A very big thank you to all those photographers for your wonderful work.

     Interested in learning more, or perhaps joining His Majesty's Marines?  The come check us out on 7 December at our next event in Annapolis, Maryland at the Hogshead Tavern, 43 Pinkney Street.  We hope to see you there.

















Defending the earth works




Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Recruiting in Annapolis, Maryland



     The Marines were in Annapolis at The Hogshead Tavern - recruiting for new members!  We will be making an appearance in Annapolis again, so keep a lookout on our schedule, and come visit the tavern at 43 Pinkney Street!  The street itself is wonderful to walk down as it is narrow and still driven on.

     Historic Annapolis manages the gambrel-roofed frame house with the two dormer windows. The building is now interpreted as a tavern or to show off 18th century trades that may have been in the city.  An unusual feature of the house is its basement kitchen which is not often open to the public.

     More information on the house and its weekend interpretation can be see on the Historic Annapolis web page.


Captain McGaughey as he talks about the war, drill, and life in the Marines.  
Privates Donovan and Morgan demonstrate.

     The Marines will be in Annapolis on occasion to recruit and talk to those interested in participating in living history - especially those interested in the maritime aspect of the hobby and on the British side!  What better place than Annapolis!?  As many like to participate as a continental officer or soldier - get an idea of the other side of the war by joining the Marines for fun and adventure!


The Marines taking a break upstairs in the Hogshead Tavern

     At some events, we can be seen on boats coming in to land before battling the Continental Army.  We often also augment other units on the battlefield, or participate in early skirmishes.  Camaraderie in camp is amazing with much laughter, always teaching each other the ins and outs of reenacting, and the latest research found on the actual unit and the war.



     Interested? Check out our schedule and come out to an event near you!  Our next event is at Mount Harmon Plantation in Earleville, Maryland on the weekend of 12-13 October 2019.

Showing the locals some fun and games playing The Captain's Mistress (which we know as "Connect Four" today), and having some ship's biscuit made by Private Donovan

Yes, the ladies are welcome!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Chestertown Maryland Tea Party 2019

 
     His Majesty's Marines participated in the Tea Party Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.  

     We spoke with members of the public, marched in a community parade, and skirmished with the tea party mob.  


Marine sentinels on the gangway of the HMS Sultana

 
The Marines march with the 1st New Jersey Volunteers and Maryland Loyalists 

The Marines field with the 1st New Jersey Volunteers and Maryland Loyalists skirmishing against the tea party mob.


Captain McGaughey in front of the colors


Marine uniforms and equipment displayed for the public


Private Donovan in repose


 Standing in front of the HMS Sultana


  Private Roncone stands first watch at the HMS Sultana

The Marines set up next to K. Walters at the Sign of the Gray Horse and her 
hearth cooking display



Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Holiday Open House - Hogshead in Historic Annapolis

     The Marines participated in an event in Historic Annapolis this past weekend.  The Hogshead Tavern was the perfect place for the Marines to show off and participate in a gaming evening with the trades persons of Annapolis!

     Photos taken by Kenneth Tom.

At the Paca House and Garden with Mr. Paca (Matthew West)


Jackpot! 

 At the Hogshead



Thursday, November 1, 2018

George Washington Birthplace National Monument - 20 October

   
Captain McGaughey leads the men to the next presentation

    The British Marines made our fifth, and likely last annual appearance at George Washington Birthplace NationalMonument.  We had a great time talking with a couple hundred visitors who came out on beautiful Virginia fall day.  Our unit talked to the visitors about the causes of the war, wartime Virginia, and what life was like for the British Army and in particular, His Majesty's Marines.  The Marines conducted several firing demonstrations (pictured here), along with our friends from the 5th Cumberland (PA) County Militia.  The public seemed especially interested in the rifle vs musket demonstrations - and, as we all know, the bayonet always wins!

    In addition to our Marines, the ladies helped bring the park to life with living history demonstrations in the main house, and the unit's favorite cooking demonstration.  The house and kitchen building both saw a steady stream of visitors come through asking questions about the early life of George Washington.  They also were curious as to the people who lived at the Pope Creek Plantation, and what the ladies were cooking.  At the end of the day, the Marines and ladies were treated to the wonderful results of the hearth kitchen cooking demonstrations, ably led by Kimberly Walters and Krista Jasillo.  You can read all about what they made here.



Musket Demonstration 

Corporal Wilson, Private Roncone, and Private Donovan 



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

George Washington's Mount Vernon Annual Revolutionary War Reenactment 2018

Captain McGaughey and Private Anthony leading up a Musket Demonstration with the kids - had three shifts! 

Marines in Camp 

Cleaning up after Breakfast


Photo by Daphnie Kehonane

In Battle - Thanks to Laura Housden at Trail of the Lonesome Pine Travel Blog 

Michael Halbert and Captain McGaughey speaking to the public about the war.


British Brigade Drum Major
(Photo by Ninja Pix)