Re: Baltimore bus trip from hell...
- In a message dated 10/28/99 1:34:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> The Sunday would be a tourist day for us with a half day visit to thebeautiful
> Baltimore waterfront where the Frigate US Constellation is moored.elsewhere.
> I miss those trips. They were a lot of fun. The trips stopped when the
> organizers had a change of leadership and the funding was directed
>I think the first one was in 1986. I took my son down to Battle Acre (which
is the little park dedicated to the battle of North Point) to see the 1812
Brits from Canada.
I got some good pictures that day.
The organizers wanted to see how realistic they could make the event so they
had you march from Fort Howard, up the North Point road to Battle Acre. The
day was hot and muggy so you got to feel like Ross' army did. Typical
summer day in Maryland.
Several years later, in 1989, we celebrated the 175th Anniversary of North
Point at Fort Howard. I say WE because 2-3 weeks before the event, I was
pressed into service to be the American Commander. Never commanded Americans
before, always Brits (for RevWar and F&I) and it was sure strange to look
across a field and see redcoats.
I know there was a change in the committee but I think funds started to dry
up due to the repetitious nature of the event. The park/battlefield was
always too small allowing only a 20-25 man front and there was only so much
that could be done to make the battles more interesting. An attempt on a
larger piece of ground, 3 years ago did not draw the anticipated crowds.
But other parks in Maryland are now actively pursuing 1812 venues. Jefferson
Patterson will be having a meeting in three weeks to discuss the event for
next September. I will relate to them how Canadians enjoy trips to
Baltimore/hell - what's the difference?
BTW, the 1797 frigate Constellation is now the 1855 corvette Constellation.