If you’re fond of the eighteenth-century frontier, Native Americans, the Revolution, palisaded forts, and living history, then this is going to be a good month for you. (And in truth, you should be fond of all these things.)
This weekend is the Raid at Martin’s Station, hosted by Wilderness Road State Park near Ewing, VA. It’s become one of the finest living history events in the region. The recreated fort onsite is one of the most authentic structures of its kind anywhere, the setting is gorgeous, and the interpretation is top-notch. Plus, they’re going to let me help shoot a cannon again.
Next weekend is yet another Indian assault on yet another recreated fort at yet another fine state park—the Siege of Ft. Watauga, hosted by Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton, TN. Sycamore Shoals is a must-visit for anyone interested in early Tennessee history; I’ve only been to the site once, and I’m hoping to visit again this month for the event.
Let’s have a HUZZAH!
…from the 2010 Raid at Martin’s Station.
The fort’s website has posted a slew of fine images, including some photos of the artillery in action, with your humble blogger making an appearance. Here we are maneuvering the grasshopper into position, and here we’re giving the Indians a dose of canister. Note the fellow with the wide-brimmed hat, dark waistcoat, green breeches, and fingertips hardened from blogging.
I had a glorious time, gained a new perspective on Revolutionary-era warfare, and did not blow my own face off. HUZZAH!
While browsing around the web in search of photos of the event, I also ran across a few items posted by participants with their own historical blogs, which I’ve added to my blogroll here. Let me direct your attention to a series of posts (here, here, and here) by a physician who was on hand to tend to the wounded and instruct the young in the art of eighteenth-century medicine.
While I was standing inside the fort with the rest of the cannon crew before we went into action, I spotted an intrepid frontierswoman shouldering a firelock in order to head out and do battle with the menfolk. It turns out she has a blog, too, and you can read her account of the raid here.
Finally, you’ll find a number of additional photos by browsing through recent threads at this discussion forum, which is well worth your time.
My thanks to the park staff and all the living historians who were present for making a first-time reenactor feel welcome. When do we get to do it again?
…of how I spent my Saturday.
I didn’t take my camera, and couldn’t have used it if I had. (It wouldn’t do to have a member of the cannon crew standing there taking pictures and video.) Here, though, is some footage the 2009 Raid at Martin’s Station that’s available on YouTube. If I can get my hands on any pics or videos from this year’s event, I’ll post them, too. Enjoy!