Revolutionary War reenactment is one way in which history is passed down from one generation to another. Like any other historical reenactment, it is an educational or entertainment activity that allows the organizers (usually Revolutionary War reenactment organizations) to follow a particular plan in recreating aspects of the war (1775 – 1784).
Why You Should Be a Part of the Reenactment
If you have never been a part of any Revolutionary War reenactment, then you are definitely missing out. There are two ways in which you can be a part of the Revolutionary War reenactment.
First, you can join as a cast or crew. In that capacity, you will be able to join other people in reenacting the historic war to an audience. If you believe you have what it takes to be a revolutionary soldier who lives in camps while fighting British Redcoats, you can send an application to a Revolutionary War reenactment Organization near you for consideration. You can also do the same if you wish to be part of the crew. By being a cast or crew, you will be among those who take it upon themselves to educate generations about the historical war, and thus you will preserve its relevance in American and world histories.
Second, you can attend a live Revolutionary War reenactment near you. There are multiple organizations that reenact the war either for entertainment or educational purposes. As you might have heard before, humans are very visual, and thus watching a demonstration of the war will enable you to understand all the details that are just too abstract in books.
How to Make the Best of a Revolutionary War Reenactment
So, if you opt for the second option where you are a part of the audience, how can you make the best of the reenactment? Well, the answer is pretty simple. Make sure that you have some background knowledge about the war. That will make it easy for you to relate what is being reenacted with what actually happened. Watch out for important sites and events of the war.
I am absolutely positive that the reenactment will not take place in the exact locations as the actual war. After all that is why it is a reenactment, right? However, that doesn’t mean you should not relate it to the actual war. One way of doing that is by understanding where the war was fought.
– New Jersey: it was the Military Capital of the Revolution as well as the Crossroads of the Revolution because George Washington spent most of his time here than anywhere else owing to its strategic location. It had barracks for both camps.
– New York: hosted multiple battles including Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Oriskany, and Saratoga; all of which Americans won, and Long Island, Fort Washington, and Harlem Heights; all of which the British won.
– Massachusetts: known for the Lexington and Concord hostilities of 1775.
– North Carolina: supplied food and other necessities to Massachusetts fighters and rebels.
– Virginia: produced leadership (including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry) and information in the form of a press.
– 1775: Paul Revere begins his ride, British win Battle of Lexington, Americans introduce guerrilla warfare, Siege of Boston, Second Continental Congress is held, Battle of Ticonderoga, Battle of Bunker Hill, Siege of Fort St. Jean, Battle of Kemp’s Landing, and Battle of Quebec.
– 1776: Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, Battle of the Cedars, Battle of Sullivan’s Island, Declaration of Independence, Battle of Long Island, Execution of Nathan Hale, Battle of Fort Washington, and Battle of Trenton.
– 1777: Battle of Princeton, Battle of Thomas Creek, Second Battle of Ticonderoga, General Howe marches 9,000 troops into Philadelphia, Battle of Bemis Heights, and General Burgoyne surrenders.
– 1778: Battle of Barren Hill, Battle of Monmouth, Wyoming Valley Massacre, and Cherry Valley Massacre.
– 1779: Battle of Stony Point, and Siege of Savannah.
– 1780: Siege of Charleston, Battle of Camden, and Battle of Kings Mountain
– 1781: Battle of Jersey, and Battle of Yorktown.
– 1783: Treaty of Paris is signed
– 1784: Treaty of Paris is ratified by Congress
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