"New, Interesting Oddities Offered at Revolutionary War Encampment by
Big Bear Trading Co."
The sixth-annual Revolutionary War Encampment at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24, according to a release.
And, there is something new in store for victors.
When organizers "wanted to add a new element to their painstakingly authentic
event, they naturally decided on a sutler—a military merchant—who hails
from Rhode Island and brings with him with an interesting history of his
own," the release said.
Check out a look at some Rhode Island history here:
"Steve Salisbury will slip into his role as an 18th-century trader and bring his Big Bear Trading Company" to the Wethersfield, Conn. event. the release said.
Salisbury "will set
up a period tent and purvey period copies of trade goods that were sold
and traded in America in the mid-to-late 1700s. A descendant of Roger
Williams, who founded the Providence Plantation in 1636, Salisbury
became a reenactor in 1976, at the age of 16, and joined the 46th
British Regiment in Rhode Island," the release said.
"He since joined more than a half dozen
other reenacting groups, ranging from the Starks Company of Rogers
Rangers for the French and Indian War to the Rhode Island Trayned Bande
of 1660. In 1991 he began the Big Bear Trading Company to serve as a
sutler to his fellow re-enactors and the public. "
The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Revolutionary War Encampment will be held
at 211 Main St., Old Wethersfield. following the
Wethersfield Memorial Day parade, the release said.
Admission to the encampment is free;
regular admission rates will be charged for optional tours of the
encampment offers visitors the chance to interact closely with members
of the Fifth Connecticut Regiment in full Colonial costume, with
entertaining demonstrations of marching and musket firing, 18th-century
open-fire cookery, and enchanting harp and dulcimer music."
the regiment partakes of its midday meal, children in attendance will
be invited to learn to march and perform drills with wooden 'muskets.' A
fascinating display and discussion of the medical and surgical
techniques used in the late 1700s, and an exhibit of period clothing and
fashions, are also featured."
Also in the release and unedited here but posted for information sharing purposes:
The event also includes members of the 54th Regiment of Foot, a dashing band of British redcoats whose safety is uncertain once they commence a “surprise” attack on the Continental soldiers at 1 p.m. Also
featured will be the wildly popular fare created by Liberty Tea, bakers
who create delicious homemade treats from historic recipes, using
all-natural ingredients, which sold out at the 2013 encampment.
Horseman David Loda— a
dashing figure in full Continental uniform and tri-corn hat astride his
gleaming Morgan horse, Huckleberry—will demonstrate sword and pistol
skills from the 18th-century at approximately 2 p.m..
When Loda portrays Humphreys—barreling across a battlefield toward a
“soldier” portrayed by a melon perched atop a post— visitors easily
grasp the level of discomfort their forbears felt when faced with a
charging, sword-wielding horseman.
The encampment is underwritten in part by a grant from the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut.
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