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)


 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)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

George Washington Birthplace National Monument, 21 October 2017

     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 

Captain McGaughey

 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.