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