Patriot’s Day

I attended this event a few years back. I returned again yesterday. One thing that I must say is that the schedule is pretty muddled. The internet gives different times. Eventually when you are at the scene the truth comes out. It’s a blend of different information from a variety of sources. Confusing! There were actually three battles re-enacted.

The second was short and lasted maybe 10 minutes. You could skip this one. The main advantage to attend this second battle was to ambush the British column and get some really nice shots in the woods. Who knew?

It’s about 13 miles along battle road to Boston harbor. I can say that it’s a long walk as I went back and forth along battle road all day. The shots I got were of the patriot’s and of the British army. They gathered in two locations. The British with their uniforms were more military and precise. On this day the patriots were more in cover and so harder to get shot, literally and photographically.

There were demonstrations by the Irish artillery. They were very loud and each time they fired, my finger jerked on the shutter. It was loud enough to feel the blast from more than 100 feet away.

Notice that the proximity of the opposing sides was close. The long muskets of that day were smooth bore and had a range of about 300 feet (100 yards, a football field). The guns were very inaccurate and so few casualties were recorded unless by volley fire. Hence the formations that let loose a barrage of lead balls. Where one can see the participants firing, you will often see them with eyes closed or face averted to avoid the powder blast of the flintlock. It is perhaps another reason why the aim was poor.

Finally, look closely. There are a number of women soldier participants on both the patriot and the British sides. The standard for participants has crossed genders. They too closed their eyes when firing. There were of course many colonial women in authentic dresses as well. A great time seems to been had by the participants as well as the spectators. It was indeed fascinating to see the recreation of historical events.

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