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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

George Washington Birthplace National Monument - June 2016

     The Marines were in Virginia a few weeks ago doing demonstration at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument.  It was a hot, yet beautiful day.  Photos courtesy of Karen Morgan and Denise Underwood Furlong. 

Private Donovan walking in the garden

Sergeant Wilson, Captain McGaughey, and Private Donovan 

Sergeant Wilson, Private Donovan, Private Morgan, and Captain McGaughey 

 Sergeant Wilson, Private Donovan, Private Morgan 

Captain McGaughey, Sergeant Wilson, Private Donovan, Private Morgan firing their muskets

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Revolutionary War Reenactment at George Washington's Mount Vernon 30 April - 1 May 2016

     The Marines had a very strong showing at the reenactment at George Washington's Mount Vernon.   It was an awesome event at an extraordinary site.  There were about 13,000 visitors that attended both days.  Photos by Suzanne Shaw, Julie Marin Grant, and Kimberly Walters.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Paca House and Gardens in Historic Annapolis, Maryland

     The Marines spent a rainy day at the Paca House and Gardens on 20 March during Maryland Days talking to a steady stream of visitors interested in history about life in the time period, the British military, and updating their round hats for their next reenactment at George Washington's Mount Vernon, 30 April - 1 May.

The cook going after the Ensign for eating fruit meant for a pie

Captain McGaughey, Private Donovan, Private Morgan (in drag), and the Ensign.

Private Donovan and the Ensign

Monday, October 19, 2015

Historic Annapolis, 25 October 2015

Historic Annapolis will recreate the revolutionary spirit of 1765 this weekend to mark the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act protests in Annapolis.

     “Sons of Liberty Day” Oct. 25 will begin with a “March on Main” at 11:30 a.m., starting at the foot of Main Street, which was known as Church Street in colonial days.

     Living history re-enactors Matthew West, portraying patriot William Paca, Robert Bruce Shibe, portraying printer Jonas Green, and Ted Borek, portraying Annapolis loyalist Daniel Dulany, will lead participants on a mock protest march to State House hill with an effigy of stamp commissioner Zachariah Hood, recreating a scene from Aug. 26, 1765.

     Afterward, revolutionary activities for all ages will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the William Paca House and Garden, at 186 Prince George St.

     Re-enactors representing real people of 18th century Annapolis will discuss news of the day, while His Majesty’s Marines, commanded by Capt. Jim McGaughey of Crofton, and the 4th Company from the British Brigade of Guards patrol through town and share their viewpoint.

     There will also be a “Rebel Rum” tasting courtesy of Blackwater Distilling of Kent Island for those over 21 and a variety of children’s games of the period.

     The “March on Main” is free and open to the public. Events at the Paca House and Garden are included in the admission price.

     In addition to Sunday’s events, a one-hour walking tour titled “Revolutionary Annapolis,” led by Historic Annapolis’ senior historian Glenn Campbell, will be held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 24. The cost is $10 and registration is available on Historic Annapolis’ web site,

     A reproduction of Annapolis printer Jonas Green’s “expiring” Maryland Gazette newspaper of the period and the “death’s head” he printed instead of the British stamp will be on display this week (Oct. 19-25) at the Historic Annapolis Museum, at 99 Main St. Entry is free.

     For more information, visit Historic Annapolis’ web site,, or call 410-267-7619.