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.