In a message dated 10/1/02 10:10:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Now don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful to the British Command for
> allowing us to play on their side, but where was everyone else?
Speaking for the Royal Marines and the 89th, we were at Jefferson Patterson
Park in Calvert County, Maryland. This is also an exact site of several
engagements notably the Royal Navy's attempts to dislodge an American
Flotilla under Joshua Barney from St Leonard's Creek. The actions involved
roughly 20 gunboats and sloops on the American side and the same amount in
gunboats, sloops and frigates for the Royal Navy.
Since so many small actions occurred up and down the Patuxent River during
the preiod that the American flotilla was bottled up, we re-create British
attempts to capture and silence American positions. Our short tacticals
involve trying to take gun positions overlooking a beach and on a hill in
approximately the same place original batteries were in 1814. The site also
makes sure that the grounds that we play on are not mowed. Taking a hit
means not being able to see the rest of the action!
The site provides supper and a tavern night on saturday with the Ship's
Company Chanteymen usually providing entertainment. Ask the 89th if they
And it also is the last weekend in September. The actual events occurred in
June but since summers in Maryland are notorious for their heat and humidity,
the site moved it to September for re-enactors and visitors alike. This was
also our 5th annual event.
Ed Seufert, LCpl
1812 Royal Marines
1st Co/2nd Batt RM
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