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Participation

Members of the Regiment portray the men, woman, and children of a military unit fighting for the American cause during the American War for Independence. Members of the unit portray Continental Line soldiers, civilian camp-followers, musicians, militia, sailors, artisans, and civilians associated with the struggle for independence.

While the organization provides many of the common items necessary for participation (tenting, commissary and the like), members are expected to acquire appropriate clothing, and accoutrements. We strive toward a set of authenticity guidelines in all aspects of what we wear and how we interact with the public at an event. The Regiment typically participates in about 20 events per year. We welcome members to participate in as many of these as they are able.

Benefits of Membership

RMES-logoAll members are eligible to participate in any event or program in which the Regiment is participating. While participating with the Regiment, members may use Regimental tents and partake in the Regimental commissary. The commissary usually provides three meals per weekend for a very reasonable cost. In addition to the 20 or so events we partake in each year, we have monthly meetings to decide which events, programs, and other activities the unit will partake in or sponsor.

Members also receive a subscription to Rusty Muskets and Empty Steins (our monthly newsletter) and access to Member Services on our web site. The Regiment provides several programs to assist members in learning about the War for Independence as well as aiding them in the acquisition of clothing and accoutrements.

Weekend Events

100_9513Most events are based on the Regiment participating with other Regiments to put together an “event”. These events typically involve American and Crown forces arriving at a location provided by the event sponsor and setting up an 18th century military encampment. Once this is accomplished, members begin to participate in the many activities provided on a weekend. These include military duties such as patrols, wood calls, water calls, guard duty, drills, and battle demonstrations. For civilians the activities include clothing demonstrations, laundries, the hospital, and hawking merchandise to the soldiers. These activities may be added to for specific events. Aside from these programs, members take part in entertainment including concerts, tea parties, taverns, games, and dances.

The end result is that the weekend is spent portraying and demonstrating the activities in which a typical person of the 18th century might have participated. To participate in these activities, one doesn’t need to have any special knowledge as every program is an educational experience.

Testimonials

Matthew Solander (Soldier: 2016)Mark Booth (Soldier: 2016)
Stacy Booth (Camp Follower: 2016)Michele Gabrielson (Camp Follower: 2011)

 

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