DeLancey's Brigade is a volunteer group dedicated to recreating the life of the common soldier of the Revolutionary War and those who were a part of his world.
In 1981 the Loyalist Days Festival in Saint John NB ("Canada's Loyalist city") was seeking a special way to celebrate the upcoming Bicentennials of the Loyalist Landings in 1783, and the granting of the city's Royal Charter in 1785. Visiting re-enactors, in the city to do research at the New Brunswick Museum, inspired the creation of a local re-enactment unit. The 2nd Battalion of the DeLancey's Brigade was chosen for reactivation under Loyalist Days' sponsorship when it was discovered that Saint John's first Mayor, Gabriel Ludlow, had been the commander of that unit.
A ceremonial Fife and Drum unit in the beginning, DeLancey's quickly became a colourful focus of the annual heritage festival. Women were quickly added to the unit, as wives and girlfriends of the musicians got involved. In 1983, infantry was added and enlistment grew. Eventually an artillery unit was created with the addition of a 3 pound field piece.
Today, DeLancey's Brigade includes seven infantrymen, three musicians, and ten camp followers. The unit is now an independent group, sponsored and supported by its members who recently organized The DeLancey Re-enactors' Association - the banner under which they volunteer their time to fund raising activities in support of the unit. DeLancey's Brigade is affiliated with the British Brigade and the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR).
In addition, DeLancey's is still affiliated with the Loyalist Days Festival and members of the unit also appear at municipal and community events when time permits.