BAR Schedule For Yeat 2000

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Posted by Champ on October 07, 1999 at 22:01:22:

O'Siyo ---

I received the following schedule of events for 2000 from the BAR liste (west coast events not included).
I thought some of y'all would find it of interest. :-)

Bradt's Coy
Butler's Rangers


From the BAR Liste:

The Brigade of the American Revolution has set its preliminary schedule for the campaign year of 2000.

BAR Main Department
February TBA: Winter Tactical Exercise.
March 25-26: School of Command. Fort Lee Historic Park,
Fort Lee NJ
April 29-30: Brigade School. Vails Gate NY
July 22-23: Grand Encampment, Fort Ticonderoga.
September 30-October 1: Brigade Encampment, Farmington CT

BAR Northwest Department
August 19-20: Fort Niagara. Youngstown, NY

BAR Southern Department:
Early May: Authenticity Weekend. Harmony Hall, Elizabethtown NC
October 21-22: Battle of Shallow Ford. Lewisville, NC
TBD: Southern Virginia event.

For the Main Department, the campaign will begin with the return of the Winter Tactical Exercise, most likely to be held in New Jersey. As in the past, it will be a one-day event consisting of three to four scenarios of war gaming.

The Brigade School and Annual Meeting will follow the example of the past two years and will consist of both a military and CCM theme.
For the military, the theme will be "Going on Campaign", with classes
covering the practical application of "Inexpensive ways to Improve your Kit," "Proper Military Cooking in a Mess," "Employing Petite Guerre," "Elements of Field Fortification" and "Building Non-traditional Shelters" with talks by George C. Neumann (TBD by George!) and perhaps a talk by a Revolutionary War scholar to tie in with the 225th, covering the state of affairs in 1775 around the world. The Civilian Class Membership (CCM) will be tackling the topic of "What to do in camp besides Cooking."

At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold both realized that Fort Ticonderoga made an easy target for the American rebels. The Fort also housed much-needed weaponry for the campaign in Boston. With a small band of Green Mountain Boys, they captured the Fort from the British in an early morning raid on May 10th, only three weeks after the outbreak of fighting at Lexington and Concord. The Fort then became building point for the Northern Army leading up to the Invasion of Canada. To commemorate the 225th anniversary of these events, the Brigade will be holding it's Grand Encampment at Fort Ticonderoga in July. We hope to be building on the success of Fort Frederick and hope to make it bigger and even better.

In the fall, the Brigade will be crossing into New England and holding an encampment in Farmington CT. Much like the event at Trumbull in years past, the weekend will be set in one of Connecticut's historic towns and hub of supply for the Continental Army.

The Northwest Department has scheduled a return to Fort Niagara, site of the 1995 Grand Encampment in August. The fort will be garrisoned and battles will be held throughout the weekend.

The Southern Department starts its first full campaign season as part of the Brigade with three events scheduled for 2000. The first will be at Elizabethtown, North Carolina, site of Harmony Hall. Virtually untouched by the 20th century, stopping point for Lord Cornwallis's during the Revolution and site of many historic buildings, the town will occupied for an Authenticity Weekend (much like Eastfield Village in 1980) emphasizing a campaign weekend, building brush huts, bowers, etc, tacticals in the surrounding woods, and occupation of the house and possibly other buildings.

In the days of early fall, 1780, the Patriot forces in North Carolina were
demoralized by heavy losses in South Carolina and British General Lord Cornwallis' advancement to Charlotte. Many fled to Virginia ahead of the British. Patrick Ferguson, one of Cornwallis' Colonels, had moved into western North Carolina, raising Tory support for his army. Four companies of Whig militia, numbering about 160, from Montgomery County, Virginia, under Maj. Joseph Cloyd and Captains Henry Francis, Isaac Campbell, George Parris, and Abraham Trigg had followed earlier troops headed to meet Col. Ferguson. When they reached western North Carolina, they learned of Ferguson's defeat at Kings Mountain, and were redirected to Surry County. These four companies from Virginia (about 160 men) joined with the first three companies sent out from Charlotte and Salisbury (about 110 men) and with the local Surry county militiamen who had not pursued Ferguson (about 80 men). On Saturday morning, October 14th, about 9:30 a.m., this force of 350 men were on the west side of a small stream, now called the Battle Branch, near the Shallow Ford crossing of the Yadkin River. Suddenly they saw the head of the Tory force, which had threatened the county for the past weeks. Numbering between 400 and 900, they had crossed the Yadkin and were moving westward on the Mulberry Fields Road. Both sides hastily formed and fired several rounds at each other. The Whigs, though outnumbered, quickly gained the advantage. The battle probably lasted about 45 minutes but ended in victory for the Whigs at Shallow Ford and bolstered support in North Carolina for their cause. The Brigade's Southern Department will be recreating this battle for the town of Lewisville North, Carolina in the fall.

To be announced will be a Brigade Southern Department event in the Old Dominion connected the Virginia Campaign of 1781.

If you are not a Brigade member and would like to attend any of these
events, please contact me at for more information about joining the BAR as an individual or a member unit.

Todd Post,
Webmaster and Public Information Officer

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