I settled with the paymaster, and will shortly enlist as a Jersey Blue in the 1st NJ Regiment (Ogden's). I had a fabulous time as an enthusiastic buff at Monmouth over the weekend, and will now ease into more active participation during the coming year and the daunting but exciting task of acquiring (and financing) a uniform and accouterments. I also regaled numerous participants with dramatic readings from the original of Hannah Ogden's homefront letter (1779).
Since I was not in reenacting garb, I was able to take many pictures. There are a lot of them, so this and subsequent posts will provide the highlights..
1. The American Camp, by the drill field. 2. Battalion drill
3. The officer with the anachronistic but useful microphone portrays my ancestor Col. Elias Dayton, Col. of the 3rd NJ. He provided color commentary of the battle reenactment. Standing next to him is an African American of the 1st Rhode Island battalion, which included a large percentage of free and enslaved black soldiers.
4. A camp following sulter of used clothing displays her wares. 5. Major General the Lord Cornwallis, Commanding the British Rearguard and sneering at the "Doodles".
6. A Gunner of Proctor's Artillery 7. American dragoons skirmish with the enemy. 8 A Don Troiani portrait quite literally come to life.
9. The 4th Light Dragoons (dismounted) engage with the enemy. 10. Molly Pitcher and Proctors Artillery
(to be continued)