I don't consider a "living history" as a powder burner, but I
look at it as the opposite. Most of what we do is big fights. Most of
the living histories we do are dog and pony shows, for the public, to put
some money in the bank. However, one of the best ones I have done was
last year's UTR. Me, Bert Puckett and Isaac Raguza were "hired" by Jay
Callaham to be counter intelligence against the underground in
Williamsburg. We became immersed, and took it entirely serious. Lucky
for the insurgents, because at points we all wanted to click into "Jack
Now, if we include fighting events, then the best would be 225th
Monmouth, 225th Charleston, Bordentown way back when.
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Author of "Nothing but Blood and Slaughter" The Revolutionary War in the
Available at Volume One 1771-1779
Volume Two 1780
Volume Three 1781
> I was wondering what the members of this forum wouldSince no time period was mentioned, I must add F&I Lake George 2005, the
> describe as the
> best living history event they ever attended and why
> they look back on
> it as the best event.
Bloody Morning Scout. The most realistic ambush I have ever heard of, on the
actual ground. Surrounded by Milice de Chambly and Belle Riviere, heard only
French in the woods. Firing from ambush from the woods surrounding the British
line it looked like real panic on the road and a "turkey shoot" attitude from
People are still talking about it.
First Ulster County Militia
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Like some of the other people on this list that go back to the early
70's, I had to think about this one for a while. The best events I
Mt. Holly, NJ 1974, My first event.
The 200th of Germantown.
The 200th of Yorktown.
Rockford Plantation in Lancaster, Pa. 199?
Gunston Hall, Va, 199?
Whitpain, Pa (without the rain)
The 225th of White Planes.
The 225th of Saratoga.
The 225th of Monmouth
- Lamb's Artillery remembers the 1991 event in Morris Township. Al
thought the little stream wasn't very deep and so he said go across
it. At first he noted that he couldn't see the guys at the end of the
drag ropes. Then he lost the others. And then he, with his hand on
the tiller, went down into the stream bed! And yelled, "Don't stop!"
Well, they got out and surprised the entire British line.
And then there was a BAR tactical in the mid-1990s where they performed
a field repair on the cannon and still managed to defend the bridge!
I still get chills when I think of Saratoga in 2003. I looked out from
camp and watched the men march away. And then the mist came up.
- Well, only doing this since '99, but key ingredients for me are a
good site; good ground; surprise attacks; playing in boats; Some
attempt at realism with guards, pickets, patrols. Any event where
somebody starts shouting "To Arms, To Arms". Oh, and capturing the
Lexington Trained Band, of course. Here's my list:
Battle Rd 2000. Marched 25 miles, about half of that a fighting
Crown Point, when the Advanced Guard occupied the detached Grenadier
Redoubt, and we had some amazing patrols and ambushes. Was that 2001?
Fort Ti 1999 when we defended a berm up where the fort now does its
firing demonstrations: the yanks were dying in heaps, and just at
that moment a schooner rounded the point into the South River.
Fort Ti 2000 (?) rowing down Lake Champlain from Crown Point
Rhode Island, 2003: the Sunday tactical was just amazing, ambushed
and crushed the LTB. And of course, the flogging of a thief.
Marblehead 2004: boat action; street fighting; ambushes including one
from a 1704 house; capturing the entire LTB; reading an obnoxious
Royal proclamation to the town and getting booed and pelted; great
Newburyport 2005: capturing a gun and annihilating the LTB (are you
seeing a pattern?)
Quebec 2005, for the food, and the site
Charleston, SC, 2006, for the site, the mist, the boats, falling in
the swamp & getting hosed down by the Army Sjt-major. The exotic site
of Spanish moss. The sweet tea.
UTR 1999, for the party
Falmouth, MA,1999, storming the beach from tall ships.
Sutton (2004?) MA, for the cavalry raid on the British camp. "To
arms! To arms!"
A tactical somewhere in NH years ago where I first met Bob Balcius
and Fireteam Alpha.
But my favourite mock-battle of all time was a section bayonet charge
against the Panzer Grenadiers in the Harz Mountains in 1984.
Drove 'em right off the hill and threw off the whole NATO schedule,
so they declared our company 'dead' by an airstrike.
What makes a bad event?
- Poor site (with either lots of farbiness or modern intrusions, like
the spotlights in the camp at Yorktown last year)
- Hour-long Colour ceremonies in 90 degree weather.
- Predictable battles (eg we've done the same thing at Ft Ti for 4 or
5 years -- very pleased that will be changing now).
- People who start reciting lines from "Zulu" or Monty Python in the
middle of an engagement; Verbal farbs.
- Poor logistics (water, wood, straw)
- Silly restrictions (don't shoot the enemy, shoot at those trees
- Long speeches.
- Energetic battle commentaries on loudspeakers by famous Antique
Collectors (no names)
> Oh, and capturing theChris,
> Lexington Trained Band, of course.
And the only reason we let you guys catch us was to help build the
4th's self esteem. ; )
- As another of the old timers, I have to keep Yorktown 200 at the top
of my short list of great events. Battleroad 225 had a unique moment
for me as it was the first time I ever fought as a "rebel," wiat, I
mean "patriot." I spent many years as a loyalist. After my first
shot at Battleroad, I lowered my musket, watched the smoke drift
from the vent and thought, "My God, I've fired on my flag." I'm sure
I was in touch with a very period emotion for some of those
original "embattled farmers" then. - Rob Weaver, Lochry's Militia
--- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Crosby" <ra4bat@...> wrote:
> Like some of the other people on this list that go back to the
> 70's, I had to think about this one for a while. The best events
> recall were.
> Mt. Holly, NJ 1974, My first event.
> The 200th of Germantown.
> The 200th of Yorktown.
> Rockford Plantation in Lancaster, Pa. 199?
> Gunston Hall, Va, 199?
> Bordentown 1997
> Whitpain, Pa (without the rain)
> The 225th of White Planes.
> The 225th of Saratoga.
> The 225th of Monmouth
> UTR 2005
> Mark Crosby
- BR225 had a couple of those moments for me. One was arriving at camp
just as the entire British line was marching out, still in the
dark...seeing all those silhouettes was impressive at any number of
levels. The other was being with my company in the woodline at
Meriam's Corner, watching the regulars come onto the field, and onto
the field, and onto the field, and realizing it was just the advance
guard--and thinking something akin to "I think I've got planting to
worry about, what on earth am I doing here, facing a force of this
4th Middlesex/85eme Saintonge
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>of my short list of great events. Battleroad 225 had a unique moment
>for me as it was the first time I ever fought as a "rebel," wiat, I
>mean "patriot." I spent many years as a loyalist. After my first
>shot at Battleroad, I lowered my musket, watched the smoke drift
>from the vent and thought, "My God, I've fired on my flag." I'm sure
>I was in touch with a very period emotion for some of those
>original "embattled farmers" then. - Rob Weaver, Lochry's Militia
>--- In <mailto:Revlist%40yahoogroups.com>Revlist@yahoogroups.com,
>"Mark Crosby" <ra4bat@...> wrote:
>> Like some of the other people on this list that go back to the
>> 70's, I had to think about this one for a while. The best events
>> recall were.
>> Mt. Holly, NJ 1974, My first event.
>> The 200th of Germantown.
>> The 200th of Yorktown.
>> Rockford Plantation in Lancaster, Pa. 199?
>> Gunston Hall, Va, 199?
>> Bordentown 1997
>> Whitpain, Pa (without the rain)
>> The 225th of White Planes.
>> The 225th of Saratoga.
>> The 225th of Monmouth
>> UTR 2005
>> Mark Crosby