Captain Eric Chetwynd (2017 - present)
Eric Chetwynd has been involved in living history for over 20 years. He is a program manager at a technology company as a professional occupation. And he is married with a family.
Q: How did you get involved in this reenacting hobby?
A: My father became very interested in the American Revolution during the Bicentennial. As a young boy, I joined my family on many trips with the 2nd Mass to celebrate the history of the American Revolution. I think this truly sparked my interest in history which I still have today. It also gave me the opportunity to make many friends from across the country which is another aspect of the Hobby I still enjoy today
Q: Were you involved in the hobby previous to joining the 2nd Mass?
A: Prior to joining the 2nd Mass, I was not involved in the Hobby. My family and I did go camping quite often which may have helped prepare me for some of the more “interesting” experiences with the 2nd Mass. While I have had the chance to serve with other units, the 2nd Mass has always been my home unit.
Q: What was it about the 2nd Mass that drew to join this particular unit?
A: My family joined when I was a young boy, but one of the reasons I have remained active with the 2nd Mass is that is a great group of people. I continue to enjoy many aspects about it especially that it is such a family-oriented unit both in the sense that the entire family can participate and that we all are truly a family together. I am also lucky to be part of a group where the members of the unit continue to contribute both to the unit as well as to the Hobby with new civilian and military impressions, historical research, events, and authenticity.
Q: What background helped you in the command of such a large group of people?
A: I have had the privilege to command the Regiment both on and off the field in the past. This has included my previous experience as Captain in the early 90’s, as well as many command positions at events like Quebec, Pound Ridge, North Andover, Yorktown, Fort 4, and St. Jean among others. I believe this background along with the support of the membership and the Board will enable me to succeed in leading the Regiment forward.
Q: What is your most memorable reenacting moment to date?
A: I have had the opportunity to see so many great moments, that they are difficult to the recount. They have included the 200th anniversaries of Yorktown and Savannah, sleeping in a brush Hut at Upper Canada Village, the final volley at Pound Ridge, assaulting Quebec City from the Plains of Abraham, watching the British column come apart at Battle Road 2000, surviving the hurricane on Constitution Island in “soldiers” huts, and begging on the streets of Williamsburg to name a few. This Hobby continues to have many great moments because of the great people it attracts.
Q: Does your family also participate, and why?
A: My wife Erin, and my children (Rachel, Jacob, and Sam) have all participated in the Regiment as well as my parents. The Regiment is a great opportunity for our kids to experience history in a way unlike any other as well as make friends they would not have otherwise. Our daughter Rachel truly demonstrates this with a group of girls known as the Coven. Erin and I enjoy playing music together, the history, camping, and visiting all our friends. For us, the 2nd Mass and the Hobby are a large part of our family and we are both excited to be able to take on leadership roles with the group.
Q: Finally, ARE YOU NUTS?!?!
A: Do you have to ask?