Although the reenactment at Longwoods Conservation Area was over a week ago, I'm just now getting around to blogging about it. Cheers (Three!) to the Royal Scots Light Company for getting this going again!
Beth and I set up camp on late Friday afternoon, but did not stay the night. We live about a half hour's drive away and went home for our night's rest. When we came back Saturday morning, we received reports that it was really cold there. It also rained some on Sunday morning. What can I say? By the end of the day, the canvas of the tents and fly were almost dry... almost.
The day's schedules for Saturday and Sunday were almost identical. (I had Sunday off and my church council insists that I take my time off.) The "battle" took place in mid-afternoon each day. According to long tradition, the Crown wins on Saturday and the Republic wins on Sunday. Often the actual battle of Longwoods is reenacted on Sunday, but not this year. Sunday's numbers were down and a barricade could not be set up for a battle of Longwoods reenactment. We still burned powder and had fun.
Some battle photos (courtesy of Steve Zronik)
|The Crown Fifes and Drums prepare to march on.|
I cannot tell you how much this group adds to the event.
At the end of every battle, the lament for the dead is played by the fifes.
|You've heard of the "fog of war"?|
Here it is.
|Glen announces the battle for the crowd.|
He is a long-time member of the Royal Scots Light Company.
|Sergeant Jaquie of the IMUC|
(the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada... it was a real unit)
|His Majesty's Native Allies and Caldwell's Rangers on the field|
|The Canadian troops of the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles.|
Historically, these were full-time troops who were to serve only in Canada.
|Gun crews from the Nancy and the Royal Artillery.|
|The line gives fire!|
|Marty, our lieutenant-colonel-commanding, addresses the US troops at morning drill.|
His uniform is for the US 2nd Artillery.
|Major Phil and the Canadian Volunteers (Canadians serving the US Army)|
backed by the soldiers of the 22nd.
|A contingent of the US Rangers oppose the Crown skirmishers.|
These folks are usually fielded as the British Indian Department, but when numbers are needed
on the US side, they'll cross over.
|Tyler, the first sergeant of the Croghan's Company, 17th US Infantry, gives fire!|
|Nick and Caitlin of the 17th at the ready.|
|Nick fiddles while Caitlin stands ready.|
I'm offering helpful suggestions behind the firing line.
|Croghan's Company, 17th Infantry gives fire!|
(Tyler, Kevin, Nick, Caitlin, and Andy with me as wandering officer)
A few individual shots...
|I have no idea why Andy was loading all by himself. No idea at all.|
|Beth, my wife, who is the real brains of the outfit.|
|Robb and Mark... serving as US Rangers.|
|Kim ("Many Strings") of His Majesty's Native Allies|
|Marty and Alex at the skirmish line.|
|Mike of the 21st Infantry holds the line.|
|Phil takes a hit. I originally thought he had really hurt himself!|
|Randy, showing proper form with a musket.|
|The Canadian Volunteers and the 22nd reload.|
|Croghan's Company, 17th US Infantry|
|21st US Infantry (Marcus, second from the right was "on loan" from the 17th)|
|A better look at Jordan's kit as a pioneer corporal|
|"Home, Jeeves! I have shenanigans to plan and execute!"|
|Our eldest, Wren, gives a 'thumbs-up' and a grimace.|
|Your humble blogger in his new plume/hackle|
|Well... I'd... rather not ask.|
|"I isn't dead yet. Not quite."|