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Annual Meeting of 5th NY

Nomination for Officers

Nominations for officers will be accepted by mail, email, or by phone call to the Adjutant (908-617-1776) from one week prior to Annual Mtg. Nomination by phone will be followed by a written or email nomination no later than 5 days prior to the AM. All nominations must also receive a second to the nomination, either by mail or email, no later than 5 days prior to the AM. It shall be the responsibility of the nominee to secure a second to the nomination.
All nominees must acknowledge their desire to serve if elected, to the Adjutant no later than 5 days prior to the AM.
Any incumbent officers (save the past President Board Member) will be considered without nomination and second  unless they inform the Adjutant no later than 5 days prior to the Annual Meeting that they choose not to be considered for reelection.
The Adjutant will email (inform) the entire regiment a list of all nominees who have secured a second to their nomination 5 days prior to the Annual Meeting.
In the event that no no candidate meeting the above requirements, nominations for that office will be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting November (4?)


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Battle of White Plains

Hi Guys,

Just a reminder that Sunday is the commemoration of the Battle of White Plains running from 10-3.  Coffee and bagels will be available for early arrivals.  And the weather looks to be great, if you believe the forecasts.  I look forward to seeing you.

Your Humble Servant,



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.

Later British movements chased Washington across New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. Washington then crossed the Delaware and surprised a brigade of Hessian troops in the December 26 Battle of Trenton.

Burning of Kingston, NY

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 capital of the State of New York – Kingston. Since most of the local militia were fighting battles elsewhere (such as at the Battle of Saratoga), the vulnerable city burned down with over 300 buildings lost in just hours. Since many of the buildings were made of stone, we can still see examples of them standing today. The event was a dramatic moment in the American Revolutionary War that hardened the determination of colonists to gain their independence, and for local citizens to rebuild Kingston stronger than ever. The Burning of Kingston is a biennial event. For more information about the 2017 Burning of Kingston including directions, historic maps, weekend discount information and how you can volunteer, visit the website at



5:30pm “The Story of the Burning of Kingston” At the Vanderlyn Gallery of the Senate House Museum Presentation and lecture on the events leading up to the Burning of Kingston, life as a local Kingston colonist at the time, and the events that occurred that day and its aftermath. Presentation by Hank Yost of the First Ulster Militia, with introductions by Geoff Miller, Ulster County Historian.

6:30 Procession of Lights Following the presentation at the Senate House, participants will walk with lights (provided) from the Senate House across the historic Stockade neighborhood to the Persen House for the first Burning of Kingston re-enactment – the Committee of Safety.

7:00pm Colonial Kingston “Committee of Safety” meeting at the historic Persen House Museum located at the “four corners” of the Stockade District. Highlights: town residents hear news of Burgoyne’s defeat at Saratoga, express fears of British invasion and then learn that a British fleet lies in the Hudson River off Kingston Point.

7:45pm Candlelight tales in the Old Dutch Church cemetery – come hear the true story of the Burning of Kingston as the long-dead rise up to provide first-hand accounts of that dreadful ordeal.


10am – 4pm Visit the Old Dutch Church Sanctuary and Museum organ music throughout the day

11:00am British invasion reenactment begins with “landing” at Kingston Point Park (NOTE: not Kingston Point Beach), greeted by small resistance force of Colonists. (Parking available at park)

2:30pm British Troops begin march from Forsyth Park up N. Front Street, head for Senate House.

2:45pm At Senate House, American colonists flee Senate House with key possessions including ledgers, records of county and new state capital.

2:50pm British Troops arrive at Senate House, take down colonists flag and replace it with British flag, ‘dispatch’ colonial resisters, and prepare march through Stockade District.

3:00pm British troops will advance along Main Street in the Stockade District, opposed by remnants of the local militia, some street reenactments along the way. Red coats will march down Main Street to Green Street and then Crown Street and arrive at the historic 4 corners of Kingston for final street battle scene.

4:00pm Following the afternoon’s fighting, Kingston’s Mayor will be put on trial for treason outside the Persen House. The trial will be held in the park. Witnesses will be called and a decision rendered. The outcome is in doubt.

6:30pm – 8:00pm Tours of reenactors camps with impromptu lectures on the Revolution / Rebellion in Forsyth Park. [See below for additional description of camp life]

7:00pm The Grand Ball will be held Saturday evening in the Common Council Chambers at Kingston City Hall. Instruction in 18th century dance, with live music, will commence at 7pm with the Ball itself beginning a little later in the evening. Both reenactors and the community are invited, and since instruction is provided, one does not have to be familiar with the dance styles to participate. 18th century dress is encouraged but not required, and there will be refreshments available. The entire event is free of charge. [Bus shuttle will begin running from Forsyth Park to City Hall starting at 6:15pm and run continuously for the evening. Last shuttle from City Hall leaves at 11:30pm]


9:00am At Forsyth Park, reenactor camps open to the public with Assembly, safety inspections, company drills, and demonstrations. [See below for additional description]

12:30pm The ‘Battle of Upper Forsyth Park’ – a tactical demonstration showing American and British troops


For those planning on attending the Burning of Kingston 2017 on October 13, 14 and 15 and those who might yet plan on attending, here is a bit of an update.  The full schedule of this year’s “Burning” is available on our website, (, by clicking on “schedule” at the top of the page.

There is now quite a bit going on Friday evening, October 13, with an invitation-only reception for the NYS historian and the NYS archivist (a former member of the 3rd Tryon Co. Militia) at the Senate House museum followed by a presentation on the historical account of the 1777 burning of Kingston, for the public. Following the presentation there will be a short “march” to the site of the historic Persen House where the “committee of safety meeting” will be held, along with the public’s participation. Most reenactors will likely be arriving during Friday’s afternoon and evening at the “camp” at Forsythe Park, adjacent to the historic Stockade District.

Camp will open at noon on Friday the 13th (a good rather than bad omen, I hope) with entry at the Lucas Ave. gate.  For those coming by way of the NYS Thruway, Kingston is exit 19. From the “roundabout” at exit 19, take the Washington Avenue exit, which comes up pretty quickly, and proceed along Washington Ave. to the 4th stoplight at Lucas Ave. Turn right and proceed up the hill (about 1/2 mile) to the Forsythe Park/Lucas ave gate. There will be a registration tent just inside.

The British camp will set up at the far end of the field and the American camp at the near end.  There should be port-a-potties at the far end and new (composting) restrooms at the near end.  Water will be available by the Nature Center fence, firewood in a central location and some straw will be available. There will be a per-man-at-arms powder allotment at the end of the event on Sunday.

We will have an officer’s call at 9 am on Saturday morning to clarify what’s going on as much as these meetings ever do. As usual, there is a “landing battle” at Kingston Point Park on the Hudson River in the morning and reenactors will be transported to and from the site by bus. The “street battle” is planned for Saturday afternoon, through the streets in the Stockade area, culminating with Americam troops being attacked and driven from the Persen House by Crown Forces. Since it is close by, we march from camp to the site. There is a Grand Ball at City Hall on Saturday evening with live music and dance instruction for everyone, including the public. Buses will run from uptown to the Ball and back. We hope everyone will stay through Sunday morning, as camp activities are scheduled for visiting kids and an open ended skrimish in the woods above the park for reenactors. everything closes down early in the afternoon so those with long drives can get on the road.

The Burning of Kingston has become very much a city-wide event with participation by many of the museums, restaurants and businesses.  We hope we can make it as exciting as possible with a good reenactor turnout.  Please email me with a confirmation and any questions you may have.

As always,
Hank Yost
Sgt., 1st Ulster Co. Militia
Burning of Kingston Planning Committee

[See below for additional de Additional Kingston Event Information for October 13-15, 2017

MATTHEWIS PERSEN HOUSE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack is proud to present a series of activities taking place at the historic Matthewis Persen House Museum and Cultural Heritage Center commemorating the 240th anniversary of the Burning of Kingston.

The Matthewis Persen House is one of Ulster County’s oldest, most significant buildings. Named after its longest residing owner, Matthewis Persen (1739-1819), the house is located within Kingston’s Stockade National Historic District. Its earliest portions date from c. 1661 and it is one of four landmark buildings on each corner of John and Crown Streets. This is the only known intersection in the United States with pre-revolutionary stone houses on all four corners. The Persen House has been the home of doctors, tailors, innkeepers, druggists, grocers, and Ulster County government. It was burned at least twice, saw war and revolution, and survived to tell its tale. To walk through this remarkable building is to walk through Ulster County’s rich local history.

Gysbert’s Inventory: A Reflection of 1665 Dutch Life in Wiltwyck The legacy of the Dutch settlers of Wiltwyck lives on at the Matthewis Persen House. The house sits on Kingston’s historic “four corners” and was originally owned by Gysbert Van Imbroch. An inventory listing Gysbert’s possessions at the time of his death in 1665 is brought to life through illustrations of clothing, kitchen items, and other articles used in 17th century daily life. The inventory also depicts items Gysbert used in his profession as a barber-surgeon as well as his book collection, one of the largest book collections in the New World. Step back in time with Gysbert’s Inventory.

Underground Tales: Artifacts from the Persen House In 2001, Joseph E. Diamond Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY New Paltz, led an archaeological excavation at the Matthewis Persen House. Focusing on the first phase of the house built without a cellar, Dr. Diamond and his team uncovered many of the hidden treasures that slipped through the cracks of the Persen House floor and that were found beneath the bluestone sidewalks. Explore some of the over 20,000 artifacts discovered during the excavation in the new exhibit, Underground Tales: Artifacts from the Persen House.

Colonial Game Day Throughout the weekend, visitors to the house are invited to try their hand at many entertaining and historic games including Game of Graces, Jacob’s Ladder, Hoop Rolling and Whirligigs, just to name a few. Step behind our “Colonial Kids” portraits to see what you might have looked like in colonial dress. Bring your family and see how different or perhaps similar games and toys were in the 18th century as compared to those of today! Each game offers a unique history and skill set, whether it is pure entertainment, like Jacob’s ladder or a test of dexterity like Game of Graces. Fun for children of all ages!

Loyalty Papers Visit the Persen House to complete your Loyalty Papers and formally pledge your allegiance to the Patriots, the Loyalists, or both! During the re-enactment the British just might ask you “To whom is your allegiance?” Will you be ready to answer? Will you say the King? Will you support the Revolution? Make sure you’re at the Persen House at 3:00pm on Saturday, October 14th during the re-enactment of the 1777 Burning of Kingston as there will be a MAJOR battle at and around the House between the British and the local militia. Also, make certain to have your Loyalty Papers to avoid capture!

Scavenger Hunt Developed for children of all ages! Come to the house and see how many of the items in the Scavenger Hunt you can find. Do you think you can find the Sun Face? How about the late 19th century wallpaper from France? Or the burn marks from the 1777 Burning of Kingston? Put on your detective hat and search the house for these interesting items. Where: Matthewis Persen House Museum and Cultural Heritage Center 74 John Street at the Intersection of John and Crown Streets Kingston, New York 12401 When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 to 4:00pm Sunday, October 15, 2017 10:00 to 2:00pm Admission is free and all are welcome!

For more information, please contact Nina Postupack, Ulster County Clerk, at (845) 340-3040 18th Century Autumn Festival at the Senate House Saturday Oct. 17th 11am – 3pm Visit Senate House State Historic Site on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 11am-3pm to try your hand at performing 18th century autumn activities. Hands-on activities are fun for the whole family and include dipping candles, making cornhusk dolls and dried apple wreaths and pressing apples into cider. There will be demonstrations of hearthside cooking and meat smoking.

The Palisades Park Conservancy is also sponsoring a demonstration of blacksmithing. The 3rd Ulster Militia will be on site, demonstrating 18th century camp life and fleeing in desperation as the British Army advances on Uptown Kingston as part of the citywide commemoration of the Burning of Kingston. Light-hearted entertainment will be provided by Stephen Gratto who engages audience members with stilt walking, balancing acts and juggling. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. Guided tours of Senate House will be provided at the rate of $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, ages 12 and under are free. Senate House is located in Historic Uptown Kingston at 296 Fair Street

DESCRIPTION OF BRITISH AND AMERICAN CAMPS IN FORSYTH PARK, UPTOWN KINGSTON Camps for both British and American troops will be established in Forsyth Park, with Redcoats at the northern end and Continentals to the south. A large military camp in the 18th century was a very organized affair, with “camp streets” between tents, and specific locations for artillery, cavalry, the camp kitchens, water and latrines. There were even military handbooks printed explaining how camp was to be set up. Individual regiments typically were encamped together, although for certain campaigns, light infantry companies were detached from their regiments and encamped together to facilitate their use as advanced and flanking troops as well as skirmishers. The individual soldier was usually sheltered in a wedge tent, which resembled a triangle set on its base. While these tents were not large, six soldiers were assigned to each along with all their equipment, making space tight. These six soldiers comprised a “mess” and rations were distributed to the group. Meals were prepared by each soldier in the “mess” on a rotating basis, or by a soldier’s wife. One wife per six soldiers was allowed to accompany the army to serve as nurses and laundresses. Officers were housed in much larger and more spacious “marquee” tents, which allowed for more equipage including camp beds, tables and chairs. The camps in Forsythe Park are much smaller, but still show evidence of camp streets and the housing together of individual regiments.

Sunday October 18th Forsyth Park Skirmish (Battle) Description Sunday’s military skirmish will occur in the wooded area on the hill above the camps. In re-enactor language, this will be an “open tactical” with no planned moves or outcome. This allows re-enactors a chance to apply their 18th century military skills in an effort to ambush, outflank, charge and repel their adversaries. The area is part of the Park’s nature preserve and has plenty of trees, brush, rock outcroppings, fallen timber and rock walls to maneuver in.

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Paoli Massacre – Twilight Reenactment in PA

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  For more information contact Dave Hospador at

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Tappan Colonial Day – Dinner at Jon’s House

Battle of Brandywine 240th Anniv.

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 / .

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 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 (British) or Patrick Jordan at  (Allied)

Brown’s Raid – Fort Ticonderoga, NY


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.


Fellow Re-enactors:

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.


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

In The Exhibition Gallery at Boscobel

           Make-Do’s: Curiously Repaired Antiques

Constitutional Island



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.


Fellow Re-enactors:


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.

Fort Wellington, Prescott, Ontario Canada

Battle of Bennington, VT

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.

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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

Battle of Hubbardton 240th Anniversary

  it is just one week until we are gathering at the Battlefield for the 240th anniversary of Hubbardton. Thank you all for responding that your units are planning on attending. the following are some updates as the event approaches. we have been informed that the site is wet in all the same places so we may have to conserve camping space, I will be on site thursday morning and will make a final decision on camp placement. I look forward to greeting all of you as you arrive.
    as is our tradition we have grouped the units into the 3 original Regiments who fought at Hubbardton. you will serve as these Regiments all weekend. The Order of Battle is as follows:
Lt Col- Dave Bernier
Adjutant  Paul Supley
Warners Regiment- Major Cliff Mullen
Warners Regiment
11th Massachusetts- Major Nick Dalrymple
1st New York
2nd massachusetts
3rd Massachusetts
5th New York
4th Connecticut
13th Continentals
1st Tryon
2nd Albany
2nd New Hampshire- Major Bob Balcius
2nd New Hampshire
Eames Rangers
10th Massachusetts
1st New Hampshire
German Regiment
there will be an officers meeting at 9am Saturday morning with a small skirmish at 10amfollowed by a last Man Standing Competition at 11, I will send the rules for the competition early next week. The rest of the schedule will be discussed at the meeting. I have attached the schedule of events for the weekend. we will have limited number of schedules on hand so please print some copies for your unit members.
    The BAR is doing a presentation called “the people of Hubbardton” on both days. they would like to have members of our units attend to tell the crowd about our units. More information will be presented at the officers meeting.
  I am looking forward to serving with all of you and your members next weekend, if you have any Questions before then please let me know.
   until then I remain
  Your Most Humble and Obedient Servant

Highland Falls July 4 Parade

We will assemble at Mike Graber’s house, 18 Dale Ave, Highland Falls, NY starting at 2:00pm. Shuttle as usual to Thayer Gaye at West Point. Parade starts at 3:00pm. You must have photo ID to enter West Point. If not, you can join the 5th at the gate as we march by.
Bring a full cartridge box. Mike will have water and energy bars before and after the parade for us. There will be a float for those who would rather ride than walk. This is not an option for able bodied men at arms.

Huguenot Street

~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

Butter Churning

Hand-dipping candles

Colonial Seamstress and Weaver

Blacksmithing and Musket ball molding

Carpentry and Cooperage

Regimental encampment, military drills and bayonet demonstrations





BAR 240th Anniv. Battle of Short Hills

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 ( ) 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 or or use the Contact form below.

Battle of the Short Hills 240th anniversary reenactment

June 24 at 10:00 am4:00 pm

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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.

Peekskill W3R Wayside exhibit

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. (

Memorial Day Parade Bronxville

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!



Monday, May 29, 2017 – 8:45 a.m.


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


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

Memorial Day Parade Chappaqua

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.


Somers Middle School

Siege of Boston, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, MA

You must bring a signed liability letter to the event. Print one out from the links below:

Liability Form

Escape Schedule

Arrival Packet

Site Map



Artillery School – Huntington Homestead – UTA

Raid on Spell Hall, Nathanael Greene Homestead, Coventry RI


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 .  The registration form is attached below.  For more information visit the website or visit the Facebook page  or use the “contact” form.

BAR School of the Soldier + Membership Meeting

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.

or the BAR website

240th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgefield, CT


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.

Battle of Bound Brook – Middlebrook, NJ


The Battle of Bound Brook

(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.

MAD Officer/NCO School of Instruction

Below is a TENTATIVE Schedule””:


Training 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

                                    – Defiles

                                    – 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

                                    – Reenactorisms


            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.




Peekskill St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Parking on street near Assumption Church (no fee) with the troops gathering at Bean Runner Cafe for a quick bite before formation.

White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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



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



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



Rosemarie Eller, Jim Hricay, Cayne Letizia, Rose Lovitch, Charlie Norris and Randy Stein



County Executive                                                                 Robert Astorino
                                 County LegislatorDistrict 5                                               Benjamin Boykin II



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





Marshal: Terry Conroy


United States Marine Corps Color Guard

MAG – 49 Detachment Bravo A.N.G.B. Stewart

Newburgh, N.Y.


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




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                                                    


Section A

  1. Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes and Drums                
  2.  City of White Plains Professional Firefighters, Local 274      Firefighter Joseph Carrier President
  3. 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                                                                                      



Section C

  1. Police Officer Stephen B. Driscoll Memorial Pipe and Drum Band
  2. 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


Section D                                                                                                                                                       

  1. New York State Court Officers Pipes and Drums
  2. New York State Court Officers Association                                                                                                                                                                                                             3.    1951 Antique Chevy Woody Wagon           Driven by: Jack DeLuca
  3. The RDC Center for Counseling and Development   FLOAT and Truck                                                                                                                                                   5.     WFAS Radio


Section E                                                                                                                                                                        

  1. Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes and Drums
  2. 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

  1.   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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1.    City of White Plains C.S.E.A. Locals 9152 and 9246     Joseph Longo President
  2. 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

  1. 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                                                    


Section A

  1. County Tyrone Pipe Band  
  2. Centro Hispanic Girls Scout Troop # 8003                                                                                                                                                             3.  Centro Hispanic Boy Scout Troop # 2005                                                                                                                                                             4.   American Red Cross                                                                                                                                                                            5.   Mercy College Spirit Squad                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Section B

  1. Elevator Constructors Pipes and Drums, Local 1                                  
  2. 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.


Section C

     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.

  1. FRESH Radio 102.7 FM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4.  Association Peruvian American of Westchester                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     



Section E

  1. Tappen Zee Bridgemen Band                                
  2. 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

140th George Washington Birthday Ball

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 HQ in Newburgh

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.

BAR Commanders and Adjutant’s Meeting

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

macscott_photography_8445 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.

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Battle of Wyoming 2014

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.

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Battle of Hubbardton 2014

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!
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