Saturday, November 3, 2012

Raid on the Chesapeake

Officer's Headquarters
(Photo Courtesy of The Regiment)
The British Marines were ordered to embark at the end of October, when favorable winds would carry them to their destination, at the Head of Elk, in the upper regions of the Chesapeake Bay.  Their mission was to land as far up the Bay as practical. Once landed they established a temporary base of operations, in conjunction with the navy in the rebellious colonies of Maryland and Delaware.  They then were ordered to do as much damage to the rebel cause, confiscating what good and materials they could, while destroying the rest. They were to also establish relations to those citizens still loyal to the Crown, rallying all Loyal subjects to the King’s Colours.  The Loyalist units assigned to each command were to carry beating orders to raise more good men to serve in their ranks.  Forces were to administer the Oath, where and when practical.
British Commander Jim McGaughey
(Photo Courtesy of The Regiment)
While maintaining their station, they were to contact loyal subjects to gather intelligence about rebel activities in the region, and take note of their defenses for future operations against them.  All were authorized to engage in contracting further intelligence sources, as may serve in the Crown’s interests.  Reports had been received of partisan forces operating in the region as well. It was ordered that all would do their utmost to locate and destroy those banditti, at their pleasure.  May our arms obtain great success in the King’s service.
Protecting the gun, pushing doodles off of the bridge
(Photo Courtesy of The Regiment)
Close to the Mansion House
(Photo Courtesy of The Regiment)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Historic London Town and Gardens

The Marines gave musket demonstrations and manned a recruiting station at Historic London Town and Gardens today as the site participated in the Smithsonian Museum Day Live event, which included free admission.

Sergeant Tim Wilson, Privates Joe Hall, Fred Donovan, and Mark Bell
line up for a musket firing demonstration.

Close up musket explanation
Captain Jim McGaughey talks to the crowd about British
tactics during the war
The Marines surround a local farmer suspected of smuggling

Private Joe Hall explains the use of his musket to a young visitor


Monday, September 17, 2012

Philadelphia Campaign 1777

The Marines participated in the 230th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine (Philadelphia Campaign 1777) this past weekend as part of the 43d Regiment of Foot. 

The 43d Regiment of Foot and 17th Light Dragoons (kneeling in front of facines)
Major Jim McGaughey shown at the back right with Commander Paul Loane of the 43d 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Our Next Event 29 September!

Learn about the war on the Chesapeake Bay during the American Revolution. Also, you'll get a chance to meet a Maryland State Marine. Learn about the role Maryland played in creating its own navy and marines. Demonstrations will include musket drill for the kids, firing demonstrations, and photo opportunities to dress up as a British Marine. Musket firing demonstrations will be held at 12:00 noon and 2:00pm. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Marines at Pope's Creek

The Marines had a successful day at The George Washington Birthplace National Monument.  The weather held with storms threatening all around, but barely a drop at the site.  The Marines, 17th Light Dragoons, and a Brigade of the American Revolution Continental unit were there to demonstrate camp life, conduct a drill, and fired their muskets.  They enjoyed a lunch made in the hearth kitchen by their distaff and site intern Meagan Gay.  A very well attended event by the public that made participating very worth while.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pope's Creek - George Washington's Birthplace

Our next event will take place at George Washignton's Birthplace, Pope's Creek, in Colonial Beach, Virginia on 14 July.  The British Marines, 17th Light Dragoons, and 64th Regiment of Foot will be on-site to conduct firing demonstrations, will show a camp display, and their distaff will prepare an 18th century meal over a hearth for the day's event.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Revolutionary London Town

Come out to see us on 8 July at our next event at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Maryland.  Gates open at Noon to 4 pm. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Revolutionary Rock Ford 2012

The British Marines were in attendance at Rock Ford Plantation in Lancaster, PA, from 9-10 June.  This national British Brigade and Continental Line event had up to 1000 reenactors and was well attended by the public. 

Commander, Major McGaughey
Photo by Kimberly Walters

British Marines with the 43d Regiment of Foot
Photo by Kimberly Walters

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

2012 Schedule

His Majesty's Marines are pleased to announce their 2012 Event schedule. Plan now to attend these events!

February 19 - Revolutionary War Reenactment & Skirmish, Fort Ward, Alexandria, VA
March 25 - Maryland Days, Historic London Town & Gardens, Edgewater, MD
June 9-10 - Revolutionary Rockford Plantation, PA
July 14 - George Washington Birthplace National Park, VA
August 4-5 - Battle of Oriskany, Gelston Castle, Mohawk, NY
September 15-16 - Philadelphia Campaign 1777, Brandywine Creek State Park, Wilmington, DE
October 27-28 - Mount Harmon Plantation, Earleville, MD