Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The 240th Anniversary Battle of Brandywine 2017

     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 years ago. 

Photo by Molly Picture Studio

     Despite unseasonably hot weather, the Marines had a strong turnout at Brandywine.  

 Marines with the 4th Company Brigade of Guards

Private Morgan

     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 flag. 

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 reenactment!  

Captain McGaughey riding Jack with Sam Grant riding Cincinnati

Battle of Germantown at Cliveden, Phildelphia, Pennsylvania

     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. 

     Fierce and 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! 

Krista Jasillo and Kimberly Walters

A small break, photo by MoofPics

Follower Robin Marie and Private Rancone, Photo by Molly Picture Studios

     After the battle, His Majesty’s Marines celebrated our victory with a dinner at City Tavern in Philadelphia and included the Commander of the 1st New Jersey.   

Mmm, Apple Cider

     A few of us also took a tour of the new Museum of the American Revolution on Sunday to complete our fantastic weekend in Philadelphia.

Friday, July 21, 2017

George Washington's Mount Vernon Reenactment, 6-7 May 2017

Marines capture a Rebel gun

Marines in repose

The Brigadier and Deputy Commander review the troops

Private O'Toole with his morning cup of coffee

The 4th Company of Guards have the Marines' back!

The fog of war

After a hard day's battle, a toast to His Majesty's Marines!

The locals rejoice after the Marines depart - see you at the next event ladies!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mount Harmon Plantation Revolutionary War Reenactment 29-30 October 2016

     The British Marines co-hosted a revolutionary war reenactment at Mount Harmon Plantation this past weekend with the site and the 1st New Jersey Regiment.  The weather, albeit windy, was perfect.  

Mount Harmon plantation house formerly owned by the Du Pont family
(Photo by Kimberly Walters)

Gorgeous boxwood gardens at the back of the house.  Party, anyone?
(Photo by Kimberly Walters)

Sunrise looking towards Foreman Creek
(Photo by Karen Morgan)

Sunset looking towards Foreman Creek where it spills into the Sassafras River.  This is where Lord Howe anchored the larger ships of the line in August of 1777.
(Photo by Kimberly Walters)

     The event was held for two days with battle reenactments, camp demonstrations, shopping at the sutlers tents, tours of the mansion and various out buildings, and a scrapple making demonstration.  All-in-all a very successful event at an extremely gorgeous historic site.

     We'll be looking to sponsor a national event at Mount Harmon in 2018.  More to come.

Marines pitch their tents by the water - which only seems right, being marines. 
(Photo by Karen Morgan)

Corporal Wilson and Privates Rancone and Donovan at the Crown camp by the boat pier.
(Photo by Karen Morgan)

Marine cookfire where dinner is warming.
(Photo by Karen Morgan)

Captain McGaughey watches the battle develop as the rebels turn back the column.
(Photo by Karen Morgan)

     Good battles both days, featuring on-going patrols and a march out Sunday turned back by the rebels.

 Holding off the rebels

Rebel riflemen harass His Majesty's foraging parties.
(Photo by Molly Picture Studio)

 Third from left - Privates Morgan, Roncone, and Donovan in Battle
(Photo by Molly Picture Studio)

     His Majesty's Marines fighting along side our friends in the 4th Company of the Coldstream Guards.

Private Morgan cleaning a musket

Sunday, September 4, 2016

George Washington's Mount Vernon

The Marines (and assorted accompanying rebels) spoke to hundreds of tourists Saturday at George Washington's Mount Vernon.  The talks included musket firing demonstrations (always a crowd favorite, and the men love cleaning their weapons after), little known facts about George Washington and various rebel leaders, and how the soldiers lived and fought during the war.

Daily Schedule

Commander McGaughey

Giving instructions to Sergeant Wilson

Sergeant Wilson cleaning his musket

The Display

Follower of the Army - Kimberly Walters

Private Donovan and Kimberly Walters