Any Blue Will Not Do!
- Lynda-- sorry to hear how your plan for the fund raiser was nixed. With
sites in trouble financially, every bit counts. A distinction needs to
be made between pure entertainment and re-creation/reenactment. Since
we just got through what is good enough on the field and all, I believe
that stating the ficticious nature of the event is enough. We do a
wildly popular Ghost Walk that brings in half of our annual reenactment
To the List--
Back to the kettle of fish, I don't remember saying Nap. soldiers should
be banned from 1812 sites, perhaps my statements were misconstrued. Use
the site when we aren't there; use the site when its not open for
regular season visitation; use a nearby site; hae an event at the site
advertised as a Napoleonic event to expand public knowledge of the
politics and conflicts effecting the US and Canada-- what ever you
The fact that my unit has spent considerable time and effort trying to
get a handle on an accurate portrayal of a US soldier might explain our
resentment to the ANY BLUE WILL DO theory of US 1812 portrayal.
Canadians, US citizens, Frenchmen and Brits are all welcome to play US
soldiers-- provided they don't wear their white barracks jackets and
claim they're close enough to the linen issued to the US or their blue
or green or yellow coats and claim they're close enough to SOMETHING --
might as well spray paint your chest and back grey and paint tiny
buttons on your sternum.
Our unit has Canadian converts (who we dearly treasure) in grey jackets
(not body paint eeewh!) and we expect more in the future-- but these
folks are seeking information so as to provide the best US
interpretation possible, not just making do. Buttons and N's aside, the
Napoleonic perspective expressed in many of the submission nullifies the
effort put forth by reenactors portraying US soldiers and implies a
great disrespect for our efforts. You think you've been insulted,
imagine how our two young men (working hard on the 14 yards of tape on
their US coatees) feel! Napoleonic reenactors will be welcomed to join
the US side in the Great Lakes region provided they have US pattern
clothing or even militia garb. We'll even be so gracious as to let
accoutrements & muskets slide as we do for most other cross overs-- in
most cases they are of almost identical pattern though we'd like to see
more black belting in the Great Lakes. This would minimize the
ficticious histories generated to explain the presence of Napoleonic
soldiers in the 1812 ranks-- I've heard too many of these. We aren't
talking about different time periods or different regiments-- we're
talking about different wars, especially from the US perspective.
Expanding the 1812 reenactment hobby through lower standards is hardly
the way to encourage interest in the US side of the issue.
Any blue will NOT do!
19th US, Langham's Company