Continental Army encampment
Discover the life of a Revolutionary War soldier
The 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. Spring through fall, 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. Participate in a daily artillery demonstration at 3 p.m. (weather permitting).
Representing two companies of American soldiers (one-quarter of a regiment), the encampment features rows of soldiers’ tents, an office for an adjutant or secretary, two captains’ quarters and an earthen “kitchen” modeled after specifications in Baron von Steuben’s 1779 “Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States.” There are several regimental features – quarters for a colonel, surgeon and quartermaster – as well as makeshift dwellings to represent shelter for female relatives of soldiers who followed the army and earned wages for performing domestic chores. Visitors can explore the camp tents, witness demonstrations of musket-firing and surgical and medical techniques, and delve into the art of espionage.
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