Reenactments & Reenactment Groups
Reenactments: Bringing History to Life
A number of serious history buffs like to bring their history to life by helping to recreate the battles and military actions of yesteryear. Long in advance they prepare appropriate dress and the gear that goes with it. Many will spend weekends at a site living in historically accurate encampments. For many of these this becomes a family affair.
The visitors to the site get to see a relatively authentic encampment, watch a choreographed battle that is a close as possible to what actually happened with a commentator describing the action and providing historical background and the re-enactors get to be involved in something that from all appearances they take great pride in. The visitors get to have an enjoyable history lesson, see the uniforms, get a sort of feeling for the life of a soldier, smell and hear the sounds that perhaps some of their ancestors experienced and tour the battlefield at the same time. The more acquainted people become with history and realize that the soldiers they read about were real people with feelings and family the better appreciation they will have for our history and our military of today and yesterday.
If you know of a particular reenactment group which is applicable to the revolutionary war, we would gladly list those here. If they have a web site which describes them and their activities, we would be pleased to link to it.
Revolutionary War Reenactments
- Butler's Rangers
- DeLancey's Brigade (Brigadier-General Oliver DeLancey's Brigade, New Brunswick)
- Joseph Brant's Volunteers
- King's Rangers (Ruiter's Company of the King's Rangers)
- King's Royal Yorkers (Kings Royal Regiment of New York)
- The Loyal American Regiment
- McAlpin's Corps of American Volunteers
- Queen's Own Loyal Virginia Regiment (Facebook) ( Loyalist Insitute )
- The 84th of Foot 2nd Battalion Regimental Association - Becoming a Re-enactor by Brian McConnell UE.
Reenactment Events (Past)
- Real Peoples History - Butler's Rangers (McDonell's Company) and The British Native Allies, a Mohawk Nation sanctioned reenactment group.
War of 1812 Reenactments
- The 1st Reg't, Lincoln Militia, Capt. James Crooks' Light Coy
- The 2nd Reg't of Lincoln Militia, Robert Hamilton's Flank Company, Facebook, email
- 3rd East Kent Regiment — The Buffs is based in Plattsburgh, NY (with members in NY, VT, NH, NJ and PA).
- 41st Regiment of Foot Military Living History Group
- 89th Regiment of Foot Grenadier Company, based in Hamilton ON.