Battle of Plattsburgh
- Greetings all - My name's Don Craig, I'm new to the list and I've
enjoyed the recent posts on loops, eyglasses, bathing wear, scotch, etc. I
must say I'm very impressed with this group's attention to detail and
authenticity. I've been a reenactor for the past 17 years, in various
incarnations as ragtag American/British/French militia for F&I, Rev War and
Most recently I've become director of the Kent-Delord House Museum in
Plattsburgh, NY, which brings me to the topic of our annual Battle of
Plattsburgh Commemoration Weekend, held the first weekend after Labor Day
(Sept.8-9 this year). The encampment is hosted on the museum grounds in an
old residential section of the city, where the Saranac River empties into
Lake Champlain. This area is in the middle of the site of the Battle of
Plattsburgh, Sept. 11, 1814.
The Kent-Delord House was actually taken over by British officers during
the battle. They placed a gun battery in front of the house, it's a wonder
the place wasn't burned down by American hot shot, but it survived unscathed
(except for a liquor cabinet the officers broke into). So we fly the
British flag during the weekend.
Our event is small so far - this is our fifth year - we host about
80-100 reenactors (men, women, and children), and we seem to keep a fairly
even split between British/Canadian and American troops. We aim to make it
a quality event, which is why I'm posting here. However, we're interested
in more reenactors to attend; not to sound too grand, but you're all
Registration begins Friday, from noon on. We plan to have a bit of stew
on hand for those who arrive hungry. At dusk Friday, there's a fairly
spectacular fireworks display on the river, right in front of the
encampment, to get the weekend going.
Saturday there's a tactical along the river between museum encampment
and city hall, three blocks away. We've been blessed with 6-8 cannon in the
last couple of years, and that's appropriate to the original battle
scenario. We had two bateau with swivel guns last year, which worked up and
down the river looking for targets..
Saturday evening is a free feast for all reenactors. In the past few
years, we've featured a whole pig roasted on site, with vegetables, salads
and desserts provided by local restaurants and volunteers. This year we're
planning to barbecue smaller critters like chickens, turkeys and pieces of
venison, with all the extras mentioned above.. Off-site, we have a
recreated Israel Green's Tavern, musical presentations, a costume ball
across town at the local university (free to reenactors), possibly an
historic film festival at a downtown theater.
Sunday is another early afternoon tactical along the mouth of the river,
possible use of bateau moving landing parties from one side to the other.
Camp breaks at 4 p.m.
We've increased our stipends this year to $10 for each musketman on the
field. We also offer a $10 stipend to camp followers who are willing to
talk to the public in some small way about camp life or their personal area
of interest. We pay demonstrators and musicians $200, but that budget is
We offer a $200 stipend for bateau with crew, and $175 for cannon over
1-1/2inch bore, with crew; and $75 for cannon under 1-1/2 inch (no toy
cannons). We are always interested in seeing more bateau and cannon.
Well, I've rambled enough. I hope I've piqued somebody's interest.
Please call, write or email for details. Thanks,
Don Craig, Director
Kent-Delord House Museum
17 Cumberland Ave.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone and fax: (518) 561-1035
- In a message dated 2/1/01 9:37:08 AM Pacific Standard Time,
<< except for a liquor cabinet the officers broke into) >>
It is nice to hear from you but I must say NO gentleman would "break into"
anyone's liquor cabinet! Even if it was American.
I'd venture to say they were probably protecting the contents from
destruction by those American gunners you boast about. At the very least they
were ensuring that a gentleman of class and taste appreciated it's contents.
Sounds like a super event.
Your Humble Servant,
- Mr. Craig;
As I'm sure you realize by now; Ship's Coy US Brig Niagara will be unable to
attend your event at Platsburg this coming weekend.
Please keep us on your mailing list for next year.
Ship's Coy US Brig Niagara
& 17th Us Reg Inf.
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- Sorry to hear this Ed, but we will keep you on our list and hope to see
you next year.
Kent-Delord House Museum
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2001 4:37 PM
Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Battle of Plattsburgh
> Mr. Craig;
> As I'm sure you realize by now; Ship's Coy US Brig Niagara will be unable
> attend your event at Platsburg this coming weekend.
> Please keep us on your mailing list for next year.
> Thank You
> Ed Bolla
> Ship's Coy US Brig Niagara
> & 17th Us Reg Inf.
> Erie, PA
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> The War of 1812: In Europe, thousands fought over the fate of hundreds of
square miles: in North America, hundreds determined the fate of THOUSANDS of
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