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The Maryland Forces garrisoned both Fort Frederick and Fort Cumberland during the French and Indian War, 1756-1759. Joshua Beall’s Company was one of five companies raised by the colony of Maryland for the defense of the western frontier.

The Maryland troops were present with Captain Dagworthy at
Braddock's defeat; they suffered severely at Major Grant's defeat
near Fort DuQuesne, September 14th, 1758 ; they lost a number
of men during the attack on the advanced post at the Loyalhanna,
October 12th, 1758 ; and they were present at the occupation
of Fort DuQuesne, November 25th, 1758.

Established in 1975, the reactivated Joshua Beall’s Company is a group of volunteer military reenactors and living historians portraying this early provincial unit. The group operates as a Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program with the Fort Frederick State Park - Maryland Park Service.

The year 2017 marks 42 years of service to Fort Frederick - a tradition of service and dedication to the Fort's interpretive/living history program.

1982 - MRPA Outstanding Volunteer Group Award

1998 - Governor's Invitational Firelock Match Cup

2004 - 250th Fort Necessity - Where Three Worlds Collide

2005 - 250th Braddock's Defeat-Dunbar's Camp Commemoration

2006 - 250th Anniversary Celebration of Fort Frederick

2008 - 250th Anniversary Fort Loudoun - Cherokee Council

2008 - 250th Anniversary Fort Ligonier

2009 - 250th Anniversary Fort Niagara

On August 6, 1755, Governor Horatio Sharpe and his council met to discuss trouble on the frontier . . . From London, they ordered gunpowder, flints for muskets, and . . . “a Black & Yellow Flagg 24 feet long and 16 feet broad with the Union in One Corner.”

"...all good Woods Men" - Major General John Forbes, September 1758

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  • Oct 3, 2002
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