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)
Captain McGaughey leads the men to the next presentation
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.
Corporal Wilson, Private Roncone, and Private Donovan
The Marines spent their sixth year at this site. This event was rescheduled due to the heat in August, and the day could not have been more beautiful. There were several demonstrations to the public which included talks about the war and George Washington, tactics used by the British military, musket firing, along with comparisons of muskets versus rifles.
View of the site from the House
The Marines demonstrating and talking to the public
The Marines camp
The Marines resting before the next demonstration
Follower of the Army Robin and Private Morgan
The Marines drilling and marching off the field back to camp
The Marines line-up!
Walking onto the field readying to drill and fire their muskets
Robin with her buckets and yoke. She gave a presentation
about followers of the Army.
The Marines also had a few ladies there to demonstrate hearth cooking and interpret in the main house. The food cooked in the kitchen was prepared specifically for the Marines.
Gema, Krista, and I after presenting the meal
The meal presented 18th century style!
The menu consisted of Beef Stakes (steaks), Fried Fish, Fried Sausages and Apples, Mashed Potatoes, Stewed Mushrooms, French Beans and Bacon, Carrots the Dutch Way, Bread Pudding, and Bread. The Dessert table had Apple Tarts, Shortbread, Grapes, Dried Strawberries, Chocolate, and Candied Ginger.
Kerry McClure as Mrs. Anne Aylett Washington, Aunt to George Washington, living who lived in the house after his family moved to Mount Vernon. She is standing on the "land side" of the recreated house at Pope's Creek.
On 16-17 September, His Majesty’s Marines participated in the
Battle of Brandywine. This event was one of the highlights of the year
for the Marines. This reenactment marked the 240th anniversary of the
battle of Brandywine, the largest land battle of the American Revolution.
Making the event even more significant was the fact that it took
place at Sandy Hollow Park, in Birmingham Township, PA. Sandy Hollow was
part of the actual battlefield where combat occurred on September 11,
1777. In fact, there is a memorial in the park to commemorate where
General Marquis de Lafayette was wounded. It was an honor to camp on the
site and march in the footsteps of the brave soldiers who fought there 240
Photo by Molly Picture Studio
Despite unseasonably hot weather, the Marines had a strong
turnout at Brandywine.
The township sponsors estimated the event brought
in eight to ten thousand spectators to watch the action. Saturday’s
battle followed started with the historic scenario of the American Army
retreating from Birmingham Hill. The Marines, as part of the BritishBrigade, marched through a nearby horse farm, into and out of the adjoining
woods, and spilled out into the open fields of Sandy Hollow. The field was
filled with reforming American forces attempting to cover their retreat as best
they could. Both sides exchanged fire and fought bravely through the
heat, but the Americans were forced to withdraw in the face of a mass British
bayonet charge. Yes, we fixed bayonets! His Majesty’s Marines
fought exceptionally well as they personally captured a rebel cannon and
Photo by Molly Picture Studios
Sunday featured the dusk battle between Major General Greene
facing off against the Fourth Brigade of Major General Agnew and some wayward
Grenadiers, Lights and Jaegers. While it was hard to recreate the effect
that nightfall had on the ending the fighting, suffice to say the army and
Marines acquitted themselves well.
The weekend was great fun, and all members of His Majesty’s
Marines were honored to participate in this fantastic anniversary
Captain McGaughey riding Jack with Sam Grant riding Cincinnati
For the second time this season, His Majesty’s Marines had
the opportunity to recreate a Revolutionary War battle on the site where the
actual battle occurred. On 7 October, we returned to the Philadelphia area to participate in the Revolutionary Germantown Festival at Cliveden.Cliveden, the stone house of Benjamin Chew, was occupied by British forces during the battle in October 1777.
bloody fighting occurred as American soldiers attempted to storm the mansion
and rout the British troops inside. This
year, His Majesty’s Marines fought both on the ground, and inside the Mansion
as we helped recreate this significant battle of the Revolution.
Privates Morgan and Donovan
Captain McGaughey inside the Chew Mansion
Start of the Fighting, Photo by Molly Picture Studios
Private Morgan shooting from inside the Chew Mansion
Defending their Ground, Photo by MoofPics
The event was great fun, we fired our
muskets more in this battle that any other this year. There was a large turnout of both British and
American reenactors, giving us the chance to practice drilling, maneuvering, and
parading with a large group of British troops. We even had civilians join us, a follower of the Army and two ladies!