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Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend at the New Windsor Cantonment: 4/26-4/27

  |   April 24, 2014  |  Comment

A battle demonstration takes place at 2:00 PM each day: Admission is FREE!

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site will host a weekend of Revolutionary War military firing demonstrations and period activities on Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27.  The weekend activities will be presented by the Brigade of the American Revolution, an international organization dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the War for Independence, 1775-1783. 

A battle demonstration takes place at 2:00 PM each day with colorfully uniformed soldiers firing muskets, a cannon and maneuvering to the music of fifes and drums.  The soldiers will also set up tents, prepare cooking fires and demonstrate other aspects of 18th century life.

Visitors will also see women and children reenacting the soldier’s families who often traveled with the army.  The Brigade of the American Revolution uses this weekend to teach the latest knowledge in recreating life from that era.  The presentations are an enjoyable experience. Through lectures and demonstrations, a wide variety of 18th century period life is revealed.  New Windsor Cantonment site staff is present to do musket firings and presentations on military medicine throughout the weekend.  Our exhibit galleries provide a nice overview of 18th century artillery and life at the New Windsor Cantonment.

The remarkable variety of dress worn by participants provides a living window to the past.  Green-coated Loyalists, Germans in blue, collectively called Hessians, and British regulars in red, resplendent in their bearskin caps, stand ready to defend the interests of the King and Parliament.  Among the Patriot forces, you will find not only Continentals, like the Light Infantry dressed in blue coats as they would have been at the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781, but also regiments in gray, brown, or whatever color happened to be available at the time.

Admission is FREE! For more information please call (845) 561-1765 ext. 22.  


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