James City County Militia encampment at the Yorktown Victory Celebration 2010
The Yorktown Victory Center delivers on its promise to inform the visitor of the collective American and French defeat of the British under the command of George Washington on October 19, 1781.
I had the pleasure of visiting during the Yorktown Victory Celebration on October 16th. The museum invited Revolutionary War re-enactors to display camp life, cooking, fife & drum music and militia drill. I was awed by the spot-on impressions and the exact nature of the participants.
I spent a bit of time with the James City County Militia. These folks are actually a Roger’s Rangers Battalion that also provides a Revolutionary War impression when they need to. If their Roger’s Rangers portrayal is as good as their Revolutionary War impression, I want to experience it!
Dennis Loba portrays a private in the James City County Militia. Dennis described the use of a flintlock fowler by this member of the Militia. Note the forestock is cut-back to accept a bayonet. Dennis’ powder horn was made by Lee Larkin, who is a master horner with The Honourable Company of Horners (www.hornguild.org).
Bruce Roberts is the camp artisan. If his company needs a horn scrimmed, a sheath stitched, a flintlock made or anything bodged at all Bruce is their man. Bruce’s alter ego is Gideon Lott.
William Blair’s persona is that of a common soldier, today he is a camp cook. Note his patched over-shirt protecting his clothing.
There are about thirty members of the Jaeger’s Battalion in Virginia, see their website at www.rogersrangers.com.
The website for the Yorktown Victory Center is www.historyisfun.org.