Yesterday we got up at the crack of dawn and went to spend the day with my mom, who was doing a Living History reenactment about an hour away from us. It was a wonderful day and TK was hooked. I have a feeling, if it can at all be arranged, we’ll be outfitting him and he’ll be joining his grandmother at as many musters as he can manage, rather than going ATVing with us.
He’s not as interested in the military aspect, though. There was a gentleman who was more of the camp “doctor” and TK was fascinated with his antique gadgets and gizmos. It’s almost like he found his real people. And I’ll be honest—I find the idea of sitting in my 18th century dress, scratching away word count with quill & ink a little appealing.
Anyway…some pictures. This is a part of the camp, and you’ll see TK inside, exploring his grandmother’s tent.
The British regulars and colonial militia squared off against the French and the Indians.
For a while, it appeared the British would win.
But the French and Indians rallied and won the day. (Literally just the day. Today they’ll be reenacting the battle again and the English will win. They take turns.)
Mom showing her grandsons how to play a traditional game of the time period. When you uncross the sticks, it causes the hoop to fly and the other players would try to catch the hoop on their sticks before returning it.
There were also several Civil War units present, though they didn’t have any Confederate units, so they made do with parading and demonstrations, rather than a reenactment. Actually, toward the end of the afternoon, a single gentleman of the Confederate Cavalry did show up, but that battle would have been fairly short.
The First New Hampshire Volunteer Cavalry.
And there were several Massachusetts units. I’m honestly not sure if they all fell under the 5th Massachusetts or not, but this is the artillery demonstration.
And for those of you who know me well, you’ll appreciate my mother finding a way to keep me from stealing her spoons…