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Battle of Brandywine 240th Anniv.

September 16 - September 17

Arrivals and Parking
The camps will officially open at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th and all participants are welcome to begin arriving at that time. The street address for GPS purposes is 1313 Birmingham Road; West Chester, PA 19382.
The quartermasters will be on site early in the day to lay camp lines and to direct individuals where to erect canvas. Two aerial maps are attached here. One shows the camp area and its general layout. The other shows the designated parking areas, which are directly across the street from the camp. For those of you who attended the 2015 event, this setup will look very similar.
Firewood and Ice
Firewood will be available on site and the Quartermaster Department will attempt to create multiple piles for the sake of convenience and ease of access. Ice will be available each day for purchase, including late Friday. Gators will make the rounds of the camps.


Appearance for Troops

As the year is 1777, individual units are asked to dress in their respective 1777 impressions, if applicable. Otherwise, they are to wear hunting shirts (preferred) or civilian coats (acceptable). Small clothes are not acceptable for drill or battle unless heat becomes an issue. In that case, an order will be issued through the battalion commander.

Note that no men are to wear green sprigs in their hats. There is no documentable evidence that the army did anything of this nature en masse outside of the march through Philadelphia in late August of 1777.

Ammunition Requirements for Troops

All men should plan to bring enough ammunition to have full cartridge pouches for each action on both Saturday and Sunday. All firelocks should be clean, in good working order, and each man should have spare flints on hand. 1st Sergeants and the NCOs they designate will check cartridge boxes at formation to ensure that all is in order.

Preferred Manual and Drilling

We will be using that which is prescribed in the 1764 Manual Exercise for all commands related to the manual of arms, loading, and firing.

1st Sergeants are expected to comprehend the commands and corresponding motions from, and to take care that they are practiced during the time period allotted each day for company drill. Company drill is not an optional activity.

Water Supply Requirements for Troops

All men should have a FULL canteen whenever they take the field with no exceptions. 1st Sergeants and the NCOs they designate will check canteens at formation to ensure men have access to enough water.

General Event Information

A detailed reenactor schedule will be shared when possible. In the interim, all are encouraged to visit the official website of the event for general information https://www.brandywine2017.org / .

Request for participation estimates

In order to provide accurate information to the battalion officers and quartermasters, each unit is requested to send the following information to me via return email no later than [ Thursday, September 7th ], so that I may collate it and send it to the adjutant.  We are asking for this information again now, as it may have been a long time since your unit registered, and (as always) things may have changed.

– Roster (names) of military participants (private soldiers & NCOs)
– Number of camp followers
– Number of wall tents
– Number of enlisted-men tents (wedges)
– Number of cooking flys

Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Pay Call
Pay will be issued to all soldiers in the battalion on Saturday morning.  You must be at formation to receive your pay.
Petty Sutlery for Continental Forces
A petty sutlery to serve Continental Forces at the Brandywine event has been organized by Lauren Curtis Skorka of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment. All troops will be paid following a formation on Saturday morning with reproduction period currency which can be used to purchase various items from the sutlery in camp. The actual cost of the offerings is being underwritten and no actual modern currency is required to make purchases.
A sampling of offerings includes the following: cabbages, carrots, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, apples, pickled eggs, some baked items, and switchel. All items are documented to orderly books and/or are regional and seasonal vegetables that would have been available during the Philadelphia Campaign.
In order to maximize participation, and in an effort to ensure sufficient quantities are available, units may reserve items in advance provided they do so no later than Monday, September 11th. Interested parties may do so by contacting Mrs. Skorka directly at lecurtis66@gmail.com. It is strongly recommended that each unit have one representative make this contact to avoid deluging the sutleress.


September 16 to 17, 2017 – (A CL/BB sanctioned event) Join in the 240th anniversary of the “Battle of Brandywine” on the original historic ground at Sandy Hollow Heritage Park, Birmingham Township, PA.   The 43rd Regiment of Foot and Ninth PA Regiment invite you to participate in a major 240th commemoration of the Battle of Brandywine on the original battlefield.  Effort will be made to approximate the original engagement using the adjacent horse farm and woodland as well as Sandy Hollow, now a wide open grassy township park where the Marquis de Lafayette was wounded, a battlefield a mile long.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.   Registration deadline is August 20th.  This event has been sanctioned for the 2017 season by the Continental Line and the British Brigade.    For more information contact Paul Loane at history1@comcast.net (British) or Patrick Jordan at Fortmudisland@gmail.com  (Allied)


September 16
September 17
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Sandy Hollow Heritage Park
1040 West Street Road
West Chester, PA 19382 United States
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