Schedule of Events – Re-enactment Day – Constitution Island
SATURDAY, August 26, 2017
10:00 A.M. Site open to public; 18th and 19th century soldiers’ camp and military
activities all day; formations, inspection, and drill in camps
10:30 A.M. American Revolutionary and Civil War Cannon Demonstration with infantry support (Point near flag pole and Marine Battery)
11:00-11:15 A.M. Demonstration by the Hellcats, West Point Band
11:15-11:30 Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team
11:30 A.M. American Revolution and Civil War Infantry and Artillery Drill and Firing Demonstrations on Lawn
Nooning (lunch) Fortifications tour for public
12:00-12:30 P.M. Arnold and André: Betrayal of West Point
12:30 P.M. American Revolutionary Music
12:45 P.M. Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
1:15 P.M. Demonstration by the Hellcats, West Point Band
1:30 P.M. Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team
1:45 P.M. American Revolutionary and Civil War Cannon, Music, and Infantry Demonstrations
2:15 P.M. Meet President Lincoln and General Grant
2:45 P.M. Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team
3:00 P.M. Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
3:30 P.M. Tactical Weapons Demonstration
4:00 P.M. Retreat
4:45 P.M. Last boat for public departs CI.
*Events may change over the course of the day.
Children’s eighteenth century games will be available on the Lawn over the course of the day.
Docents will be available to discuss the Warner House and Gardens and lead tours to some of the American Revolutionary fortifications.
The camps on the lawn (Am. Rev.) and near the Point (Civil War) will open to the public at 10:00 AM, 26 August 2017. See schedule of activities for the rest of the day. Associated Light Horse and General Washington will camp at Pavilion. The public and all re-enactors without regimental quartermaster tents and gear, cannons, and horses may come by boat from South Dock, West Point, or by bus from the Cold Spring Train Station lot. Show id card/driver’s license at Thayer Gate and Cold Spring gate to gain admittance to West Point. We need to keep cars to a minimum. Please let me know, which units, besides 2 trucks and horse trailers for Associated Light Horse and John Koopman, 2 trucks with cannon trailer for 6th NY, 2 trucks with cannon trailer for Mott’s and 2 quartermaster trucks each for music, 5th NY, and 5th NY (Zouaves), will need their vehicles to enter the gate. All authorized vehicles should arrive at the electronic gate at the south end of the Cold Spring MetroNorth Station between 8:30 and 9:00 AM; for GPS, use 40 Market Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516. For timely admittance, call Roddy MacLeod, the CI Manager, at 845-444-4285. Units must provide for own noon meal, although there will be a food stand with discounts. Water, firewood, and port-a-sans will be available. The Constitution Island Association will provide dinner starting at 5 pm with Sam Adams provided by the Boston Beer Company. The last re-enactor boat and bus will depart CI at 6:30 pm.
Unit stipends will be provided courtesy of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
The Living History Education Foundation under the command of Joe Ryan is sponsoring the event. 5th New York Regiment (American Revolution) is the host unit. Captain Tom Johansen will be the Commander of Troops for the day. Adjutant Scott MacScott will register all units. Quartermaster Tom Conner will be responsible for the camps.
Please let me know which units want to camp on CI Friday and/or Saturday night (to facilitate movement to Boscobel for the program on Sunday).
The Constitution Island Association and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area look forward to a great event, rain or shine.