Our Annual Meeting is either Nov 11 or 12, 2017. More info to follow.
The Battle of White Plains was a battle in the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought on October 28, 1776, near White Plains, New York. Following the retreat of George Washington‘s Continental Army northward from New York City, British General William Howe landed troops in Westchester County, intending to cut off Washington’s escape route. Alerted to this move, Washington retreated farther, establishing a position in the village of White Plains but failed to establish firm control over local high ground. Howe’s troops drove Washington’s troops from a hill near the village; following this loss, Washington ordered the Americans to retreat farther north.
The Burning of Kingston is a weekend-long celebration of American history, bravery, sacrifice and resilience. On a Fall October day in 1777, British troops set fire to the newly established first capital of the State of New York – Kingston. Burning down almost the entire town, over 300 buildings, the event was a dramatic moment in the American Revolution that only hardened the determination of colonists to gain independence. A biennial event, The Burning of Kingston is a mix of re-enactment, commemoration, and celebration.
September 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – 240th Anniversary of the Paoli Massacre Twilight Reenactment. There will be an evening reenactment of the Paoli Massacre on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The British will march through town to surprise and attack the Patriots, burn some canvas and brush huts while the Patriots try to rally and defend.. Sponsored by the 3rd PA Light and 43rd Regiment of Foot. The Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/218858728572752/ For more information contact Dave Hospador at firstname.lastname@example.org
– See more at: http://www.reenactorinfo.org/reenactment/72-paoli-massacre#sthash.IRJ7qPrV.dpuf
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.
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 email@example.com (British) or Patrick Jordan at Fortmudisland@gmail.com (Allied)
BROWN’S RAID RE-ENACTMENT
September 9, 2017 – September 10, 2017
Join Fort Ticonderoga for an exciting two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the epic 1777 Brown’s Raid! An attack led by patriot Colonel John Brown will take British troops garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga by surprise 240 years later during the upcoming real-life action adventure at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Out of the hazy twilight before dawn on September 18th, 1777 rushed Colonel John Brown’s men, catching the British and Brunswick garrison around Fort Ticonderoga completely by surprise. John Brown, no stranger to dangerous missions, helped engineer the first capture of Ticonderoga in 1775. With the stakes all the higher, he would test his luck again. As General Gates prepared to stop the British advance on Albany, he ordered General Lincoln to divide, divert, and harass General Burgoyne’s supply lines back to Canada. Colonel Brown chose his men carefully, allowed first pick of the ragtag patriot force assembled by General Lincoln at Pawlet, Vermont. Massachusetts and Vermont militia men would get their chance to strike a major blow against General Burgoyne’s attack to divide the colonies. Steadying them would be regulars from Colonel Warner’s regiment of Vermonters. Out front, Vermont rangers were to lead the way. Leading the rangers was, Captain Benjamin Whitcomb, a ranger so skilled in his craft he was a wanted man to the British Army.
Rushing down into the LeChute river valley from Lake George landing, Brown’s men captured 330 British prisoners and set 118 American POWs free. Dawn at Fort Ticonderoga would see British Cannons atop Mount Defiance, which forced the American’s to flee that summer, turned on the British garrison itself. British soldiers awoke to the sight of a Brunswick soldier cut in half by a British cannon ball fired by Brown’s men from the summit of that hill. Rearmed with captured British weapons, American POWs got a chance to settle their score shoulder to shoulder with Brown’s militia, regulars, and rangers. Destroying supplies, and livestock, capturing boats, guns, and cannons, Colonel John Brown’s raiders disappeared back up Lake George, jumping into the pages of history.
Boscobel Living History Encampment: Experience the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the World Wars
*10:00-11:00 am Set up camp
11:00-12:00 am 6th NY fire cannon to signal camp is open; camp life with drill
12:00-1:00 pm Nooning (lunch)
12:00-12:30 pm Arnold and André: Betrayal of West Point
12:30-1:00 pm Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
1:00-1:15 pm Inspection of troops by General Washington, President Lincoln, and General Grant, and including children, at camp sites
1:15-1:30 pm Address by President Abraham Lincoln
1:30-2:00 pm Massed drill and weapons’ firing
2:15-2:45 pm Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
3:15-3:45 pm Tactical exercise
3:45 pm Retreat
*4:00-4:30 pm Break camp
*4:30-6:00 pm Jollification
* Re-enactors only
Children’s eighteenth century games will be available on the Lawn over the course of the day.
The Living History Education Foundation under the command of Joe Ryan will host Military Re-enactment Day, 2017 at Boscobel on 27 August 2017 following Re-enactment Day at Constitution Island. GPS address: 1601 Route 9D (Bear Mountain Highway) in Garrison, NY, 10524. The schedule is above. We will set up camp overlooking West Point and the Hudson by 10:00 am. Free tours of the house will be available. Boscobel will provide lunch and jollification after we break down camp. We will pay unit stipends. https://www.boscobel.org/education/playgroups/
Originally located near Montrose, Boscobel was completed in 1808 by Elizabeth Corne Dyckman, the wife of States Morris Dyckman, a Loyalist, who served in the British Quartermaster’s Department during the Revolutionary War. A descendant served as an officer in the Civil War. The site is interested in hosting more living history events. To learn more about Boscobel see http://www.boscobel.org/.
In The Exhibition Gallery at Boscobel
Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques
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.
During the summer of 1777, the British put in motion an ambitious campaign designed to isolate New England from the rest of the colonies and thereby crush the American rebellion. For two months, General John Burgoyne led his army down the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor toward Albany with apparent ease, capturing several American forts along the way. In August, however, he found himself in desperate need of provisions, wagons, cattle, and horses. Burgoyne then made the fateful decision to send an expeditionary force to the small town of Bennington, Vermont to capture these much needed supplies.
At the Battle of Bennington, which took place between August 14 and 16, the British army and its Canadian, Indian, and Loyalist supporters faced Patriots defending their newly proclaimed independence. What might have seemed like a minor victory for the Patriots contributed to the British defeat at Saratoga a few months later and thus helped decide who would win the American War of Independence.
contact Joe Ryan for F+I accoutrements
Join Fort Ticonderoga for an exciting two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the epic 1758 Battle of Carillon! Witness how the British amassed the largest army in North American history to date yet was stunningly defeated by a French army a quarter of its size. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23 from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm. Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brings to life the story of the courageous French soldiers that protected their lines of defense against all odds. Visitors will meet the British and Provincial soldiers who gave their utmost to drive the French from the rocky peninsula and fortress of Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. Experience the fog of war and smoky haze of battle as the French and British armies maneuver across Fort Ticonderoga
~Huguenot Street Schedule of Events July 1, 2017~
4 p.m. Friday arrivals (June 30th) onward, to set camp and artisan areas.
Camping on-site Friday night.
7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Breakfast “on your own”, for individual troops and artisans.
9:00 -Camps and demonstrations open to the public.
– Military inspection and musket practice. (live firing and bayonet drill demos).
9:30 – Public education and open tours.
11:30 -Bayonet target demonstrations.
12:30 -Nooning ….. (lunch)
1:00 – Colonial period cloathing display and discussion
2:00 – Getting the children involved…..children’s drill, dressing as a soldier.
3:00 – Bayonet competetion.
4:00 -Public Q&A session in camp
5:00 – Event closes
5:15 -Evening meal- all attendees fed in the main camp area.
6:00 -Strike camp.
Presentations for Huguenot Street- July 1, 2017
Colonial open fire cooking
Colonial Seamstress and Weaver
Blacksmithing and Musket ball molding
Carpentry and Cooperage
Regimental encampment, military drills and bayonet demonstrations
June 32 & 24, 2017 – On the cornerof the original Battle of Short Hills, this 88 acre site was formerly Oak Ridge Golf Course which went defunct almost ten years ago. Since then the terrain has been evened into a gentle sloping hill with numerous tree lines. An orgiinal 1730’s homestead heads the property. Ample parking for the public and reenactors is available as well as a small section for RV’s and modern camping. Wood, water, straw and ports-sans will be provided for reenactors and patrons. More information pertaining to the battle will be releases as it comes on a website ( www.BoSH2017.org ) to be developed by mid-February 2017. The Battle of Short Hills is brought to you by the Brigade of the American Revolution and the Mid-Atlantic Department of the Continental Line and the British Brigade. The host units are the B.A.R and 3rd NJ Regiment and the 22nd Regiment of Foot. For further information contact Paul Tofani at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or use the Contact form below.
Battle of the Short Hills 240th anniversary reenactment
June 24 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Return to June 26th 1777, when the farmland of today’s Union County became a battleground where American patriots went head to head with the British Empire. Holding off a two-pronged attack, the fledgling New Jersey Brigade fought a gallant retreat, keeping the advancing redcoats at bay while the rest of the Continental Army marched to the safety of the Watchung Mountains. Though substantially outnumbered, the Americans’ strategic move ensured the survival of the state as an American territory and forced the British to try a new approach to capturing Philadelphia.
During the two-day reenactment, Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25, see the story of the Battle of the Short Hills take place in part where it originally occurred! Talk with reenactors who bring 18th century military camp and battle life to the 21st century, representing both sides of the conflict. Find out how people from all walks of life became officers, foot soldiers and camp followers. More than 40 reenactor groups have committed to participate, with more joining every day.
On Saturday, June 24, you’re also invited to join the FreeWalkers as they walk the six mile battle trail from the Metuchen Train Station to Oak Ridge Park. More information is available on the walk website.
Schedule of events
Saturday, June 24th
10:00 AM Site Opens to Visitors/ Pass in Review & Battalion Drills
11:00 AM Laundry and follower life (Ongoing in camps)
How did an Army on the march live and survive? Join as us we explore the life of the soldier and follower in their camp. Who are the women who accompanied the Army wherever it went? How did the men keep clean? Visit the laundry and see just how important hygiene and cleanliness were to keeping the Army alive.
11:00 AM Musket Demonstration (Starts at the American Battery)
See how soldiers of the 3rd New Jersey Regiment were expert at all tactics on the field in 1777. Watch how a year’s worth of service in the Mohawk Valley formed this regiment into an elite fighting force.
11:30 AM Earthworks Construction (Starts at the American Battery)
The Crossroads of the American Revolution, as New Jersey was called, looked a whole lot different in 1777. See how expanses of farms and small cities were converted into fortified ground by the end of a shovel or pick.
12:00 PM Soldier’s Dinner (Starts at the Camp Kitchens in the British Camp)
Imagine an army of nearly 5,000 all needing food to stay in the field. Imagine if each of those same soldiers needed to cook their own food. The use of the camp kitchens in 18th century camps were imperative to army efficiency. See how mess cooks made their own victuals to get through each day.
12:00 PM Seeds of Freedom (Starts of the Head of the American Camp)
The young and young-at-heart are invited to enlist in the Continental Army. Learn step-by-step how the soldiers trained, what they ate, and where they stepped. By the end of the program you will be marching the exact steps these soldiers did.
1:00 PM Cavalry of the Armies (Starts at the Head of the British Camp)
New Jersey was nearly 75 percent farmland by the onset of the Revolution. See how the pastoral landscape played to the strength of mounted troops in North America. Examine how dragoons were the eyes and ears of the British Army.
2:00 PM Battle of Short Hills (Starts at the Visitor Crowd Line)
As Howe’s Army divides in two parts to take the Mountain pass, The New Jersey and Pennsylvania line, aided by batteries of artillery, hold the ground long enough to close the pass.
3:00 PM Close the Pass (At the Conclusion of the Battle)
With Howe’s army halted and the Watchung mountains secured, both armies retreat back to their respective camps to prepare to fight another day.
4:00 PM Site Closes to Visitors
Sunday, June 25th, 2017
10:00 AM Site Opens to Visitors
11:00 AM Cannon Demonstration (Starts at the American Battery)
Cannons were huge investments to any government or king, yet their presence on the battlefield secured continents. See how gunners used a well calculated system of math and science to lay hell down on the enemy.
12:00 PM Soldier’s Dinner (Starts at the Camp Kitchens in the British Camp)
Imagine an army of nearly 5,000 all needing food to stay in the field. Imagine those same soldiers needed to cook their own. The use of the camp kitchens in 18th century camps were imperative to army efficiency. See how mess cooks made their own victuals to get through each day.
12:00 PM Seeds of Freedom (Starts of the Head of the American Camp)
The young and young at heart are invited to enlist in the Continental Army. Learn step by step how the soldiers trained, what they ate, and where they stepped. By the end of the program you will be marching the exact steps these soldier’s did.
1:00 PM People of the Armies (Starts at the head of the British Camp)
From gentleman volunteer to indentured servant, see how different people all came together in the formation of the armies. Explore how military uniforms influenced style in the 18th century to today.
2:00 PM General Action
The British return to South Amboy and Staten Island with Washington’s men hot on their tails. Can they make it back to safety or will the Americans exact a severe revenge?
3:00 PM Howe’s Retreat to Amboy
General Howe’s Army arrives in Amboy. If they cannot drive across by land, how will he take Philadelphia?
4:00 PM Site Closes to Visitors
Follow the reenactment Facebook page for updates and more information.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Jim Johnson is trying to get the relevant historical societies to dedicate the W3R wayside exhibits once they install them. Peekskill has begun planning a ceremony for 17 June between 13:00-14:00.
If anyone is interested in attending this event, please RSVP ASAP.
Jim Johnson is the contact for this event. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As always, we will form at Leonard Morange Square Memorial Park (south side of the Bronxville Railroad Station) at 8:45AM promptly. The Parade will proceed at 9AM and will end with ceremonies at the Bronxville School on Pondfield Road.
Please arrive by 8:30. The Village Administrator and Chief of Police will have a copy of the attached list as well.
Please check our website for weather related updates.
Praying for sunshine!
BRONXVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Monday, May 29, 2017 – 8:45 a.m.
ORDER OF MARCH
1. Police Car
2. Color Guard
3. Bagpipes – Officer Van der Leeuw
4. Veterans – walking and in cars
Paul Plain, Philip Varriale, Peter Gerken, William Slattery
5. Grand Marshal – Donald Gray – IN A CONVERTIBLE
6. Some Classic Cars
7. 5th New York Regiment 4-5 people
8. DAR – marchers & cars
9. Bronxville Police Department – PBA
10. Mayor Mary C. Marvin – Trustees – Justice – Clergy
11. Politicians – Fire Board of Commissioners
12. Patriot Brass Ensemble, 8-12 people
13. Bronxville Beautification Council
14. Bronxville Historical Conservancy
15. Bronxville Women’s Club
16. Gramatan Village
17. Green Committee – Entertainment
18. New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital
19. Chamber of Commerce
20. Chris Pert, Juggler
21. Boy Scout Band – Dr. Howard Rakov
22. Boy Scouts
23. Girl Scouts
24. X-Factor – Wilton Shaw (914) 439-5976
25. St. Joseph’s Students
26. The Chapel School Students
27. Bronxville Student Council – ???
28. Young Democrats – ???
29. Additional Classic Cars – PAUSE
30. Sword of Light, Pipe Band 8-12 people
31. Tricycles and Bikes and Pets
32. YELLOW TAPE
Contacts and Phone numbers
Mike Lee – Director of School Activities, Cell: 914-804-0756
Jarah Aquino, 914-525-3007
Muzic Store – Peter Scattaretico, 914-693-3200
We meet at the supermarket at the top of the big hill. NW corner of the lot.
We have time for travel between the two parades.
We burn about a box of cartridges at each parade.
May 6 & 7, 2017 – The Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead will be hosting a Revolutionary War reenactment on their 15 acres in Coventry, RI. This should prove to be a very exciting event!! There will be authentic Continenatl and British military camps, musket and cannon demonstrations, tours of the completely restored 1770 home of Gen. Nathanael Greene, Spell Hall, which is a National Historic Landmark. The highlight of each day will be two battles in which Continental Regulars along with French and militia troops will battle British Regulars and Loyalist Troops intent on taking the home of George Washington’s second in command and most trusted general. We have recently opened up quite a bit of fields. Hosted by the 3rd MA Regt. Captain Dave Bernier commanding, Le 13theme Regiment Bourbonnais, Ian Graves commander, and HM 54th of Foot, Major Steve Gardner, commanding. 18th century craftsmen, artisans and sutlers are welcome. All units and individuals wishing to participate please contact Dave Procaccini at email@example.com . The registration form is attached below. For more information visit the website www.nathanaelgreenehomestead.org or visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1199072693437289/ or use the “contact” form.
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.
See BAR Face Book pages for updates.
The Battle of Ridgefield was a battle and a series of skirmishes between American and British forces during the American Revolutionary War. The main battle was fought in the village of Ridgefield, Connecticut on April 27, 1777 and more skirmishing occurred the next day between Ridgefield and the coastline near modern Westport, Connecticut.
On April 25, 1777 a British force under the command of the Royal Governor of the Province of New York, Major General William Tryon landed between Fairfield and Norwalk (in what is now Westport), and marched from there to Danbury. There they destroyed Continental Army supplies after chasing off a small garrison of troops. When word of the British troop movements spread, Connecticut militia leaders sprang into action. Major General David Wooster, Brigadier General Gold S. Silliman, and Brigadier General Benedict Arnold raised a combined force of roughly 700 Continental Army regular and irregular local militia forces to oppose the British, but could not reach Danbury in time to prevent the destruction of the supplies. Instead, they set out to harass the British on their return to the coast.
The company led by General Wooster twice attacked Tryon’s rear guard during their march south on April 27. In the second encounter, Wooster was mortally wounded; he died five days later. The main encounter then took place at Ridgefield, where several hundred militia under Arnold’s command confronted the British and were driven away in a running battle down the town’s main street, but not before inflicting casualties on the British. Additional militia forces arrived, and the next day they continued to harass the British as they returned to Compo Beach, where the fleet awaited them. Arnold regrouped the militia and some artillery to make a stand against the British near their landing site, but his position was flanked and his force scattered by artillery fire and a bayonet charge.
The expedition was a tactical success for the British forces, but their actions in pursuing the raid galvanized Patriot support in Connecticut. While the British again made raids on Connecticut’s coastal communities (including a second raiding expedition by Tryon in 1779 and a 1781 raid led by Arnold after his defection to the British side), they made no more raids that penetrated far into the countryside.
(April 13, 1777) was a surprise attack conducted by British and Hessian forces against a Continental Army outpost at Bound Brook, New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War. The British objective of capturing the entire garrison was not met, although prisoners were taken. The American commander, Major General Benjamin Lincoln, left in great haste, abandoning papers and personal effects.
Late on the evening of April 12, 1777, four thousand British and Hessian troops under the command of Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis marched from the British stronghold of New Brunswick. All but one detachment reached positions surrounding the outpost before the battle began near daybreak the next morning. During the battle, most of the 500-man garrison escaped by the unblocked route. American reinforcements arrived in the afternoon, but not before the British plundered the outpost and began the return march to New Brunswick.
Below is a TENTATIVE Schedule””:
MAD Officer/NCO School of Instruction
March 25-26, 2017
8 PM: Meeting of all presenters to go over weekend plans
9 AM: Briefing an overview in auditorium, then move to field
9:30- 11 AM: Company formations
– Sizing a company
– Placement of officers and NCOs in company formation, parade, firing, and marching.
11 AM – 11:30 AM: Break and move to auditorium
11:30 AM- 12:30 PM: Battalion Formations
– Difference between administrative and tactical organization
– Staff officers at Regimental and Brigade level
– Proper formation of a battalion of infantry
12:30 – 1:30 PM: Nooning
1:30 – 4 PM: Battalion Maneuvers training field
– Forming the battalion
– Forming a column from a line, displaying a column into a line
– Repelling Cavalry
4PM – 4:30 PM: Break and move to auditorium
4:30 – 6 PM: Round Robin
– Books and manuals of the well read officer
– Paperwork that should be used at CL events
8 PM: Seminar: Organizing a CL event
10 AM-11AM: Duties and behavior of officers and NCO’s
–Pass out handouts with items we are standardizing
11AM-12:30 AM: The Von Steuben Drill
12:30- 1:30 PM: Nooning
1:30 – 3:00: Putting it all together – Battalion Evolutions
3-3:30 PM: Training review and discussion. Feedback from participants.
Parking on street near Assumption Church (no fee) with the troops gathering at Bean Runner Cafe for a quick bite before formation.
We all look forward to the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 11th, 2017! The White Plains Parade, like so many across the County and across the World, celebrates the contributions of the Irish people to humankind through their rich culture and music, their indomitable courage and spirit, and their legendary warmth and humor.
The White Plains Parade has grown exponentially, and last year had Five Divisions, with over 26 musical performances, five floats, and 90 groups participating. This year we expect the Parade to be even larger and we welcome new participants, so join the Parade Route as part of a group or as a spectator. Our contact information is here.
Of course, the celebration continues in White Plains after the Parade with the Cultural Tour that provides an opportunity to visit many White Plains venues for as much corned beef and cabbage as you can eat, other food and drink, and lots of Irish Music and Dance.
So, mark your calendars now, and come join the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Westchester County, with a celebration like none other.
Parking passes are available for free. Jon will be at the Hamilton Avenue parking lot Space 218, starting at 11am. Meet him there for your free parking pass. Streets closures start around 11:30 so we recommend you arrive closer to 11am.
Here are your 2017 parade instructions:
Check In Tables Location:
Escort Division, Division 1 and Division 2
Your table will be located near the cleaners at
Mamaroneck Ave. and Edgewood
Division 3 and Division 4
Your check in table will be located near the CVS
store on Mamaroneck Ave. opposite S. Broadway
Bands/Groups are requested to have a band/group
representative check in at your assigned table no later
than 11:15 A.M.
The 20th. Annual White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday March 11, 2017 at 12 Noon
OFFICIAL PARADE ORDER
OFFICIALS and POLICE MOTORCYCLE SQUAD
Line of March Zone 1 Coordinator: Jim Noonan
Marshal: Terry Conroy
Police Motorcycle Escort Units White Plains, Harrison, Mamaroneck Village, Mount Kisco, Mount Vernon, M.T.A., New Castle, New Rochelle, New York State, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Port Chester, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, Westchester County, Yonkers, Yorktown, Greenwich and Stamford, Ct.
Hon. John Martin
HONORARY PARADE CHAIRMAN
Hon. Joseph “Mayor Joe” Delfino Driven by: Joanne Bertram
WHITE PLAINS CITY OFFICIALS Mayor Hon. Thomas Roach
COMMON COUNCIL MEMBERS Hon. John Kirkpatrick, Hon. Dennis E. Krolian, Hon. Milagros Lecuona, Hon. John Martin, Hon. Nadine Hunt-Robinson and Hon. Beth N. Smayda
WHITE PLAINS CITY COURT JUDGE Hon. Joann Friia
WHITE PLAINS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
Rosemarie Eller, Jim Hricay, Cayne Letizia, Rose Lovitch, Charlie Norris and Randy Stein
WESTCHESTER COUNTY OFFICIALS
County Executive Robert Astorino County Legislator – District 5 Benjamin Boykin II
NEW YORK STATE OFFICIALS
New York State Senator George Latimer New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald
Representing Governor Andrew Cuomo Peter Harkham
United States Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey
MILITARY ESCORT DIVISION
Marshal: Terry Conroy
United States Marine Corps Color Guard
MAG – 49 Detachment Bravo A.N.G.B. Stewart
Marine Corps League
Westchester Detachment and Young Marines Patrick Ford Commanding
2016 ESCORT DIVISION HONOR PIPE BAND
Iona College Pipes and Drums
Grand Marshal Color Guard
New York State Police Color Guard – Troop K
GRAND MARSHAL Kevin Keane
Family and Friends of the Grand Marshal
AIDES to the GRAND MARSHAL
Patricia Murray Dadario, Mary Ellen Dervin, Maryfaith Fortunate
Billy Blaine W.P.F.D., Casey Egan, Robert O’Toole
PAST GRAND MARSHALS Frank McMahon 1998*, Joan McGovern1999*, John R. McCarthy 2000, Eleanor McDonald 2001*, John Martin 2002, Joseph P. Davidson 2003*, Mary Ann Megan 2004, Michael O’Donnell 2005, Michael Foley 2006, Robert Hyland 2007, John Harrington 2008, Marie McMahon 2009, Thomas P. Devine 2010, Sr. Susan Merritt R.D.C., representing The Sisters of the Divine Compassion 2011, Fr. Thomas Collins 2012, Michael Daly 2013, Mary Helen Jordan 2014, Mary Beth Walsh 2015, representing Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Lt. William Bertram W.P.P.D. Ret. 2016 * Deceased
Frank McMahon Division 1
Marshals: Vin Finnegan, Mile O’Donnell and Will Segal
- Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
- City of White Plains Professional Firefighters, Local 274 Firefighter Joseph Carrier President
- City of White Plains Fire Department Truck 4. Reiman Autobody – Vintage Ford Mustang with N.Y. Yankee Logo and a very special N.Y. Yankee Guest Driven by: John Iodice
Section B 1. Police Emerald Society of Westchester Pipes and Drums 2. Police Emerald Society of Westchester Police Officer Peter Van Slyck President 3. Westchester County Corrections Emerald Society Corrections Officer Jeremy Hurley President 4. White Plains Police Benevolent Association – Detective Michael Perry Memorial Police Car P.O. Robert Riley President 5. FLOAT 1 O’Rourke/Boyd School of Irish Dance Sponsored by: Hudson Grille & Lilly’s
- Police Officer Stephen B. Driscoll Memorial Pipe and Drum Band
- N.Y.S. F.O.P. Lodge 704 Stephen B. Driscoll, Carmel, N.Y. Joanne Viola President 3. Mc Gruff the Crime Fighting Dog and F.O.P. Lodge 704 Motorcycle Unit
- New York State Court Officers Pipes and Drums
- New York State Court Officers Association 3. 1951 Antique Chevy Woody Wagon Driven by: Jack DeLuca
- The RDC Center for Counseling and Development FLOAT and Truck 5. WFAS Radio
- Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes and Drums
- Ancient Order of Hibernians Myles Scully Division 1, Yonkers, N.Y Kevin Ellis President 3. Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 19, Yonkers, N.Y. Allison Burke President 4. New Rochelle Irish Benevolent Society
Section F 1. Archbishop Stepanic High School Crusaders Band 2. O.L.S. Men’s Club 3 O.L.S. Our Lady’s Guild 4. O.L.S. Girl Scout Troop 1980
- O.L.S. Girl Scout Troop 2358 6. O.L.S. Brownie Troop 1984 7. O.L.S. Cub Scout Pack 146 8. All Pro Cleaning & Restoration Vehicle – Our Lady of Sorrows Athletes 9. FLOAT 2 Archbishop Stepinac High School Championship Football Team
Sponsored by: Healy Electric, Benfield Electric & Scully Construction
- Padrig Allen & The McLean Avenue Band & Truck Sponsored by: Healy Electric
Bob Greer Division 2
Marshals: Tom Lavelle, Peter Pozo and Pat Moroney
Section A 1. Plumbers and Steamfitters Pipes and Drums, Local 21 2. White Plains Bernie’s Football Club 3. Civil Air Patrol – South Eastern Group Honor Guard and Vehicles Maj. Joseph E. Wooley Naj. CAP Commander NER-NY-118 4. River Towns Young Marines Lucian Caldara Commanding 5. Empress Ambulance Service Jim O’Connor Vice President
Section B 1. Manhattan College Pipe Band 2. White Plains Youth Bureau 3. Women’s Club of White Plains Susan Doherty and Susan Schauber Co-Presidents 4 Burke Rehabilitation & Research Center
- Beautification Foundation of White Plains FLOAT Karen Quinn President
Section C 1. Kerry Pipers 2. White Plains Historical Society 3. White Plains Plainsmen Hockey Association 4. 5th New York Regiment, Living History Re-Enactment Group 5. FLOAT 3 Houlihan – Parnes Realtors James J. Houlihan President
Section D 1. New York City Transit Pipes and Drums 2. City of White Plains Fire Department Volunteer Division – Community Emergency Response Team
Fire Engine, Hose Cart (towed) and 2 Fly Cars Robert Amadio 1st. Assistant Chief 3. Rotary Club of White Plains L. William Fishman President
- Hudson Valley Renegades, Tampa Bay Rays Single “A” Affiliate Baseball Team, Mascots and Office Staff 5. Westchester Region Antique Automobile Club of N.Y. 6. FLOAT 4 White Plains Middle School Jazz Ensemble Sponsored by: Pavarini Construction
Joe Davidson Division 3
Line of March Zone 2 Coordinator: Fran Coughan
Marshals: Tom Devine and Jim Scully
Section A 1. Cardinal Hayes High School Marching Band 2. Cardinal Hayes High School Bronx, N.Y. Fr. Joseph Tierney President
- City of White Plains C.S.E.A. Locals 9152 and 9246 Joseph Longo President
- Zooky the Leprechaun 5. Westchester D League Knicks – Knicks Dancers and KIA N.Y.K. Groove Truck
Section B 1. County Cork Pipe Band 2. White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations Bill Brady and Tom Gordon Co-Presidents 3. George Washington School P.T.A. Group Laura Reidy President 4. Suburbia Roller Derby Yonkers, N.Y. 5. FLOAT 5 White Plains Rugby Football Club Sponsored by: Brazen Fox
Section C 1. Orange County AOH Pipes and Drums 2. White Plains Girl Scout Troops 3. White Plains Girl Scout Brownie Troops 1991, 1997, 2141, 2364 4. White Plains Girl Scout Cadette Troops 1988, 1989, 2030 5. White Plains Girl Scout Daisy Troops 1977, 1979, 2140, 2380, 2790 6. White Plains Girl Scout Junior Troops 1992, 2360, 2381, 2705, 2750 7. Guinness Sprinter Truck
Section D 1. Rockland County Firefighters Pipes and Drums 2. Rockland County Firefighters Emerald Society Matthew B. DeGennaro President 3. Mamaroneck Ave. School P.T.A. Group Kristin Lalla and Krista Johnson Co-Presidents 4. Rockland County Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums 5. St. John the Evangelist & Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Parish White Plains, N.Y. Fr. Thomas Kallmundy Pastor 6. FLOAT 6 Woods School of Irish Dance Pearl River, N.Y. Sponsored by:
Section E 1. Yonkers Fire Department Pipes and Drums 2. City of Yonkers Firefighters IAFF Local 628 Firefighter Barry McGoey President 3. Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society Firefighter Paul Jackman President 4. Leprechaun Lines Bus
- Cardinal McCloskey Community Services 6. FLOAT 7 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Elmsford, N.Y. Sr. Stephen Healy Principal Sponsored by:
Mickie and Sheila Quinn Division 4
Marshals: Lauren O’Connor and Matt Caldarola
- County Tyrone Pipe Band
- Centro Hispanic Girls Scout Troop # 8003 3. Centro Hispanic Boy Scout Troop # 2005 4. American Red Cross 5. Mercy College Spirit Squad
- Elevator Constructors Pipes and Drums, Local 1
- Elevator Constructors Union Local 1 3. Mt. Pleasant Girl Scouts 4. Meenan Oil Corp. dba Burke Energy – Truck Hawthorne, N.Y. 5. White Plains Y.M.C.A.
MTA Police Department Ceremonial Unit 1. MTA Police Department Pipes and Drums 2. Post Road School P.T.A. Group Steve Magneson President 3. New Castle Building Products 1929 Model “A” Ford 4. Marching Cobras Terrel Stowers Band Director 5. Rockland Boulders Staff, Mascot and Van 6. Ballard Durand Funeral Home Harley Davidson Tombstone Motorcycle Hearse Driven by: Matt Fiorillo
Section D 1. Brewster High School Marching Band Chris Vlanges Band Director 2. Local 3, I.B.E.W.
- FRESH Radio 102.7 FM 4. Association Peruvian American of Westchester
- Tappen Zee Bridgemen Band
- Nu-Way Cleaners Antique 1948 Chevy Panel Truck Driven by: Jeffery Bayliss 4. FLOAT 8 Miss Italia U.S.A. Scholarship Organization 5. Members of the Antonio Meucci Lodge # 213, Order Sons of Italy in America Sponsored by: Whiskey Creek/Black Bear 6. Miss Italia Westchester – Lisel Cappiello 7. Little Miss Italia Westchester Antonella Cappello 8. Miss Italia Hudson River – Alexis Puccio 9. Miss Little Italia Hudson River – Kaiya Jolie 10. City of White Plains Department of Public Works 1959 Rack Body Ford Truck
This is a special event that the 5th NY had the honor to attend a couple years ago. I was there and highly recommend the event for anyone that wants to honor our beloved General at a high society dinner in NYC.
Hosted by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, this event celebrates George Washington’s birthday as well as raising support for Fraunces Tavern Museum. All proceeds from this event will directly go to improve and increase the Museum’s education and public programming.
We need three, and only three men at arms in uniform for this event. The three can come in 5th ny uniform and with musket- no powder needed. They would like it if we could stand guard until all attendees are received – about 20-30min. And than we should mingle with guests and welcome to drink.
Before the 8:pm dinner they would like us to be part of a precession along with soldiers from other time periods to honor a current US military officer before the dinner.
Just afterward we are to join in the dinner as payment for coming to the event. We am trying to negotiate parking costs but that is not certain and should be considered a bonus. The dinner and drink are excellent as well as the unique opportunity to shoulder arms in NYC (indoors).
Muskets should not be carried openly in the street. Wrap it in a cover, remove your flint and bring no powder. Space is limited to 3 and a wait list is created just in case any of the first three can not make it.
Washington’s Headquarters celebrates the General’s birthday on a grand scale. This annual family event is jammed packed with music, military demonstrations, crafts, historical presentations, topical talks, and birthday cake.
Your group’s schedule for the day is:
12:30pm – Regimental History
12:45pm – Military Drills
2:15pm – Military Drills
3:45pm – Review of the Troops
The event begins at 12:00pm, so we recommend arriving at 11:30am to allow everyone to get set up and settled. As usual, there will be leftover cake as well as coffee, hot chocolate, and other refreshments in the basement of the museum building for the re-enactors.
It is the express wishes of President DeLucco to conduct a business meeting with all Unit Commanders and Adjutants, at the Fort Lee Historic Park Museum, Fort Lee, N.J., on February 4th, 2017. It will start approximately @ 09:45. General membership wishing to attend are invited and encouraged to also attend. The aim of this meeting is to communicate with Unit Commanders and Adjutants: A) President’s report on the state of the Organization, objectives & goals of the present administration and proposed future direction of the BAR. B) State of Adjutant’s Department and attempts with streamlining communication. C) Treasurer’s report on state of Organization’s investments and operating funds. D) Inspector’s Department and goals for overall improvement of standards. E) Question, Answer and Comments. Site Director John Muller has kindly given us permission to use the auditorium at the museum for this meeting. The Palisades Park System now has a digital parking meter system monitoring the parking lot at Fort Lee Historic Park. For those wishing to attend this meeting, a parking pass will be available and can be attained at the front desk of the museum. There will be an electronic registration for this meeting so that the site will know approximately how many parking passes to print up for this meeting. Your cooperation with this will be greatly appreciated. If there is inclement weather on Feb 4th, the meeting will be conducted the following weekend.
Annual Party at the 76 House, 110 Main St. Tappan, NY, on January 15,
2017. Bruch will be served from 11:00 to 3:00. Members need to send a
check made out to the 5th NY Regiment for $28 per person to Jonathan
Svibruck no later than Jan. 3, 2017
Please come dressed in 18th century attire, regimentals for the men if you have one, enjoy some time with old friends, meet some new friends and enjoy unlimited food and drink.
Your check of $28 per member (plus one guest) will be returned to you at the ’76 house. So this only costs you money if you pay and decide not to enjoy a good time with friends or you bring more than one guest.
The real Battle of Wyoming was really a massacre…horrible loses sustained by the American militia in the face of concentrated and fierce native and loyalist attack. This years Wyoming consisted of some good woods fighting and open field fighting as well as an excellent reenactment of the real Battle of Wyoming. Late Saturday afternoon all the militia made for the field and did an impressive show of force…the 5th NY was placed on the extreme left. It was here an intense attack of loyalists and natives slammed the flank and it was a total rout. The sense of panic was very real as the Indians whooped and hollered. Excellent reenactment. The other battles were normal pitch battles without script. On Sunday it was a clear crown victory as the Americans were overrun down the hill! A great time! Pictures by Lindsay M.
This lesser known battle in the Green Mountains of Vermont helped preserve the American Army as it retreated from Fort Ticonderoga. The rear guard, consisting of the 11th MA, the Green Mt. boys, and the 2nd NH Regt. were attacked by the advanced guard of Burgoyne’s army. While a defeat for the Americans, it did give the redcoats a bloody nose and delayed them. This allowed the main Continental army to escape! We of course had a great time in this beautiful setting! Met new friends from the 13th Continentals and met with our friend from Fort Ticonderoga! We even climbed Mt. Zion! More pictures to come!
Nathaniel Greene Homestead hosted its 2nd Annual Raid on Spell Hall and the 5th was graciously invited. While still a new event, a few familiar faces made appearances and the event has much promise for the future! The grounds are beautiful and the camp site was well maintained by our ever industrious ladies. Corporal Paul acted as Adjutant to the whole allied command and was invited to drill the Allied French and American forces. It was a great day in Rhode Island! Photos by Nathaniel Greene Homestead, Lindsay Mulholland, Tim Abbott, and
L. Paton Photography 2014
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