Continental Army encampment
Discover the life of a Revolutionary War soldier
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 and camp kitchen, and join in periodic wooden-musket drills. Historical interpreters present daily flintlock musket demonstrations in the encampment and, at 3 p.m., show the steps to prepare a battalion gun or mortar as part of a daily artillery demonstration (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.
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