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BAR School of the Soldier + Membership Meeting

April 29 - April 30


The Brigade’s 54th Annual School of the Soldier and Annual Meeting will provide members with learning opportunities in a variety of topics, ranging from history and material culture to tactics, event planning, and safety, all of which we hope will be of interest to our membership.
As with last year’s School we have been asked by site officials to split our classes between our organizational birthplace, New Windsor Cantonment, and Knox’s Headquarters, about a mile from New Windsor. Saturday’s program will be at Knox’s Headquarters, while the Annual Meeting and Sunday’s activities will take place at New Windsor Cantonment.
Camping will be available at the Cantonment for those so interested.
The schedule of activities is as follows:
Saturday, April 23rd – Knox’s Headquarters:
8:00 AM – Coffee and Registration
9:00 AM – First Formation/Safety Inspection
9:30 AM – Field Work – Passing the Defile – Using the original military road that runs through the site towards the Cantonment, we will practice reducing the column to pass over a narrow bridge, and the steps needed to defend the column from attack, or to make and sustain an attack. Our lessons will be reinforced in the afternoon tactical demonstration.
10:30 AM -“Keeping Horse and Rider Together, Safely” by Peter Schaaphok, Tallmadges Troop, 2nd Regiment, Light Dragoons.. The Light Dragoons of both the British and American armies performed important duties. Learn about the elements that make up the equipment of horse and rider, and how they function, how dragoons operated in the field, including their service and tactics, and for our use of horse during tacticals, how to safely interact with mounted troops.
12:00 – Nooning – on your own.
1:00 PM – Swearing in of New Officers; Remembrance of Brigade Members deceased in the past year. Following our ceremonies, we will resume drill from the morning session, which will roll into our tactical demonstration, utilizing the unique features of the site to reinforce the lessons of our drills.
2:30 PM – “The 18th Century Way of Death: Customs and Practices for Military and Civilians” by Henry Cooke, 10th Mass. Death was no stranger to households and military camps, but the way that the passing of persons was observed told much about their status in life. The class will be in two parts: the first in the parlor of the Ellison House with the coffin of the deceased discussing funeral practices, the manner of “putting on mourning”, and mourning material culture, including the buttons, buckles, gloves, swords and other items. For the second part of the class, we will re-create a military funeral procession, bearing the coffin to its “burying place” with appropriate solemnities, and concluding with a salute of musketry.
3:30 PM Final Formation
4:00 PM Open House at the Mount Edmonston House hosted by the National Temple Hill Association .
7:30 PM – 54th Annual Meeting of the Brigade of the American Revolution, at the Temple of Virtue, New Windsor Cantonment

Sunday, April 24th – New Windsor Cantonment
8:30 AM – Coffee and Registration
9:15 AM – Divine Service
10:00 AM – Drill and Evolutions
11:00 AM – “It’s not the report of the gun…but the effectiveness of the shot: Shooting live and organizing a Brigade Firelock Match” by Rich Patterson, 3rd NY Regiment. “Shooting at marks” was an important part of the training of soldiers in the Revolution, and an essential part of our ability to accurately understand and interpret our military weapons. Rich will take new and old shooters through a typical Brigade Firelock match weekend, and how you can organize such a shoot for your own unit of for the Brigade.
12:00 – Nooning on your own
1:00 PM – “Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City” by Todd Braisted, 4th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers. Todd will discuss the subject of his latest book on this little known aspect of the Revolutionary War, its purpose, and the people on both sides who were involved in or affected by the series of battles, skirmishes, and maneuvers that left George Washington and Sir Henry Clinton playing a deadly game of chess in the lower Hudson Valley as a prelude to the British invasion of the Southern colonies. Copies of Todd’s book will be available for purchase. This is one not to be missed!
2:00 PM – Drill and Evolutions, culminating in a tactical demonstration for the public.
2:45 PM – “Back to the Source: Original Uniforms of the Revolutionary War” by Henry Cooke, 10th Mass. & Brigade Inspector – The Brigade prides itself on its authenticity in its clothing and equipment. Henry will reveal the details of construction as found in several extant uniforms of the era that can help you to make your uniform look more accurate, and function better.
3:45 PM – Final Formation and Retreat.

Contacts: Henry Cooke and Bob Winowitch
Saturday: Parking and Carpools from Hanaford’s parking lot, limited parking on site for public, no street parking.
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April 29
April 30
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New Windsor Cantonment
289 Forge Hill Road
Vails Gate, NY 12584 United States
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