Military Through the Ages
March 21-22, 2015 at Jamestown Settlement
Thousands witnessed the evolution of military power through the centuries on March 21 and 22, when re-enactors depicting soldiers throughout history came together for Jamestown Settlement’s time-honored “Military Through the Ages.”
This chronological display of military history has been held each year at Jamestown Settlement since 1984. This year’s timeline event featured depictions from 64 A.D. through modern times.
In the course of one weekend – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday – visitors experienced the past and present as re-enactors show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved throughout the centuries. The event also showcases a variety of military vehicles and equipment. Visitors interactedwith re-enactors to learn how soldiers throughout time dressed and armed themselves, as well as how they were fed and housed in times of war.
Timeline from the Roman Legion to the Virginia Army National Guard
Re-enactors portrayed soldiers and military encounters from Roman times, the medieval period, Hundred Years’ War, War of the Roses, French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812, and American Civil War. Re-enactors depicting World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War and the Falklands War took visitors through the 20th century. The Virginia Army National Guard represented the present.
The weekend event featured musical performances spanning five centuries, including The Federal City Brass Band, re-creating a Union Army regimental brass band from the 1860s, and Ladies for Liberty, singing Andrews Sisters-style music of the World War II era.
Performances also featured folk musician Bob Zentz; Barry and Lynn Trott, with music of the 16th and 17th centuries; David Gardner, performing 18th-century Scottish fiddle; David and Ginger Hildebrand, playing music of the American colonial period and the War of 1812; and the Old Cigar Box String Band, offering string band versions of songs from the American Revolution to the 20th century.
Artillery, Children’s Parade, Military Pass-in-Review
A cannon salute near military demonstration field at 1 p.m. Saturday marked the beginning of a children’s parade. There, young “troops” marched through the re-created colonial fort and campsites to formally present ribbons to each of the participating military units.
A military pass-in-review, led by The Federal City Brass Band, took place at 3 p.m. Sunday and featured recognition of re-enactor units judged on camp sites, clothing and cooking presentations, and field demonstrations. See the list of award recipients.