"Sharp, quirky, and occasionally nettlesome", Walking the Berkshires is my personal blog, an eclectic weaving of human narrative, natural history, and other personal passions with the Berkshire and Litchfield Hills as both its backdrop and point of departure. I am interested in how land and people, past and present manifest in the broader landscape and social fabric of our communities. The opinions I express here are mine alone. Never had ads, never will.
The British and their German Allies advance on the from and flank. Dragoons and the line companies of a royal regiment move against the American lines. British Line infantry in campaign dress and Hessian Jaegers push back the American right flank. George Washington and the NJ battalions execute a fighting withdrawal. (to be continued)
Proctor's Artillery and American Light Dragoons engage the Royalists, who are pressing the center and right flanks of the American position at Monmouth. New York infantry (including a Native American ally) and a company of riflemen reinforce the right flank and the Jersey Brigade holds the center. Major General Lee observes the action, but has not yet been dressed down by Washington for withdrawing from the attack. The Jerseymen, including Ogden's 1st New Jersey, prepare to advance on a strong British position. (To be continued).
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