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Continental Army Encampment

Discover the life of a Revolutionary War solider

Clearing artillery at Yorktown Victory CenterThe life of a Revolutionary War soldier is vividly portrayed in a re-created Continental Army encampment. Historical interpreters describe and depict daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies.

Explore the soldiers’ tents, try on a military coat, and join in periodic wooden-musket drills. Visitors also may be recruited to join an artillery crew to learn the steps to prepare a battalion gun or mortar for firing.  Historical interpreters present daily flintlock musket demonstrations in the encampment.

The encampment represents a portion of an American regiment and includes soldiers’ tents and quarters for officers, a surgeon and the quartermaster, an earthen “kitchen,” and a women’s area with a makeshift shelter. Women who followed the army were related to soldiers and earned wages by performing domestic chores such as laundry.