- I'd like to offer this post from the Revlist up on this list, as it in many
ways pertains to a number of us in the 1812 period as well.
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Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2000 4:26 AM
Subject: [Revlist] Re: Are you a Loyalist?
> From: WIMTIM@...
> As an Englishman born and bred I am amazed at the numbers of Americans who
> for one reason or another side with the British, either as re-enactors or
> sympathetically. A little facile maybe, but it might be interesting to
> contributors to find which side of the fence they aspire to, or maybe they
> have no alliegence.
You'll get as many answers as there are people. Personally, I became a
"redcoat" because of experience during the Civil War Centennial here. During
that reenactment era, Union troops generally came from up North and
Confederate troops came from the South with people from states that didn't
exist as such at the time of the war supporting either. From a standpoint of
authenticity, the portrayal was abominable.
Many of us in 1965 were thinking about the fact that we were a mere ten
years from the celebration of the American War of Independence bicentennial
and we wanted it done to a higher level of accuracy than the Civil War
centennial had been. We'd learned a lot about research resources and such
and some units were already adopting what has now become referred to as a
"progressive" mentality of progressivly improving the impression for
We got to thinking about the fact that every community would have its
"minutemen," "militias," and "Continentals" and that we'd probably have
rebels coming out of the woodwork; but who would do the forces of the King?
And wouldn't it be NEAT to do a crack redcoat unit? And, LOOK at those kewl
uniforms!! So some of us decided to do British as a result of that thought
process. Others did for different reasons. Several of us got together and
formed a small company of troops and went through three different national
organizations (10th, 43d, 23d) before becoming the independent company of
the Guards that we now portray.
I personally spent 25 years of service, active and reserve, in the US
military and am as loyal an American as you'd ever want to meet, but I
thoroughly enjoy "myth bustin" and playing the British side of things. I
have enjoyed a massive education on this era as a result and have enjoyed
the opportunity to share a different point of view with others. Being
British used to mean being grossly outnumbered - which usually means more
action and more fun during the mock battles. I "galvanize" during Civil War
events and often do Union, even though I'm a native North Carolinian with a
strong Confederate heritage, all because it's usually more fun to do so.
That's kind of a rambling "morning after" view of my personal reasoning for
choosing the British impression. The bottom line is that it's fun to do so.
I'm interested in seeing other answers to this question.
Happy Day after! Throw Chicken Little into the pot!
Best wishes to the Coldstream Guards on their 350th year of continuous
service to the Crown!
4th Coy, Bde of Guards
- When Rich Baldino of Philadelphia was asked why he portrayed a British
Redcoat by Good Morning America, he replied, and I quote
"Anyone can wrap a towel around his head and call himself a rebel."
His point is of course rude and over-made but I kinda' like it!
God Save the King!
>When Rich Baldino of Philadelphia was asked why he portrayed a BritishNot to mention, this is so out of character for Baldino to be that blunt and
>Redcoat by Good Morning America, he replied, and I quote
>"Anyone can wrap a towel around his head and call himself a rebel."
>His point is of course rude and over-made but I kinda' like it!
>God Save the King!
- Here's another off the Revlist------
From: John Fraser <jfraser@...>
As a re-enactor of a private soldier in the 71st regiment, I am frequently
asked why a free American citizen of the 21st century would willingly
portray a British soldier of the 18th century. The question is often asked
in very impolite terms, including suggestions that we are somehow "English".
Within the ranks of the 71st, I have heard many reasons given for our
portrayal. The explanation that seems best to me is simply stated:
We portray professional soldiers in the British army of the 18th century to
demonstrate the huge price the American (and French) forces paid for our
latter-day freedoms. We demonstrate the valor of the Continental Army, the
colonial militia, and others by portraying the zealous professionals of the
British army who were defeated only by great sacrifice.
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