And before Greta Van Fleet took to conquering the rock music world, Frankenmuth was also known as 'Michigan's Little Bavaria,' due mainly to its Bavarian-based architecture, food, music, and employee clothing, all giving off a perception of ye olde Germany.
For historical reenactors, however, the Frankenmuth of late is becoming a destination point during mid-summer to bring America's 18th century history to life.
Utilizing a combination of French & Indian War and Revolutionary War reenactors, the old sketches, drawings, and paintings from our history books that depict our Nation's turbulent beginnings come alive before the visitor's eyes.
Of course, nothing-but-nothing can top a well-written and well-researched history book, and I highly recommend the student of history seek out some of the more celebrated of these tomes. But I also like to think that we, as living historians, can add to the writings of America's past; a wonderful history lesson one can witness live and in person.
And that, in a nutshell, is what Frankenmuth's Cass River Encampment was all about.
I was able to make it for only one day - Sunday - for I was spending my Saturday immersed in the 1860s (see previous post), which means I was in three different time periods during the same weekend: 1770s, 1860s, and 2018.
So there I was at Frankenmuth, stealth camera in hand, dodging the rain drops as I moved about the camps. Yes, it was a mostly wet day and I didn't get around nearly as much as I would have liked to, but I've been through plenty worse (as most of us reenactors can attest to).
Won't you join me on another time-travel excursion?
|The event is always well attended, as you can see by the rows of tents...and this is less than half of the canvas that was set up!|
A good showing indeed.
|A few of the tents, such as Mr. Calder's here, were wonderful presentations in of themselves. A scene right out of the past.|
|Members of the 1st Pennsylvania.|
This is the unit in which my son is also a part, though he could not make it to the Frankenmuth reenactment this year.
|Tony, representing the 1st Pennsylvania, a couple of Minute Men named Ken in the center, and Bob Jones, sometimes George Washington, but today he was in the |
|The doctor always does a fine job holding visitor's interests while speaking and showing the medical practices of the colonial period.|
|Dr. Benjamin Franklin in front of his sutlery called The Salty Lantern.|
This is the only person I know who has the Declaration of Independence memorized!
|Say hello to Abbie, one of the proprietors of Samson's Historical (her husband is her partner in this venture), a fine shop that caters to the 18th century reenactor.|
Say...who is the person in the mirror?
|Sue Hanson runs the Carrot Patch Farm, with help from her cousin Heather. Sue spins raw wool into yarn and then crochets or knits items sold in her shop, including socks, mittens, scarves, hats, and the like.|
|The local blacksmith, Richard Heinicke, bounces between the 1770s and the 1860s, selling his wares to all who may need them. He is very well known and his work is well-respected in these parts.|
|There were a few of the local Voyageurs also camping and showing a little of frontier life on the Great Lakes.|
|The Massachusetts Provincial Battalion - the host unit.|
Thank you for such a great event!
To my knowledge, the battle here was not a representation of any one in particular, but a sort of conglomerate, encompassing a variety of scenarios, and since this was a showing of what the battle skirmishes were like, I thought I would fill the picture comments with facts about Revolutionary War battles:
|Over the course of the war, about 231,000 men served in the Continental Army, though never more than 48,000 at any one time, and never more than 13,000 at any one place. The sum of the Colonial militias numbered upwards of 145,000 men.|
We have the Continentals on the high ground - - - -
|In terms of numbers: 40,000 soldiers fought in the Battle of Long Island, making it the largest battle. 30,000 men fought at Brandywine, Pa., and 27,000 participated at Yorktown, Va..|
|What you see in this picture is one of the very few times I was able to capture the 'flash in the pan' from a musket.|
|In 1778, France formally entered the war against Great Britain, recognizing the independence of the United States..|
|The crushing defeat of the Continental Army at the battle of Camden, S.C. stands out as the most costly battle of the war. Approximately 1,050 continental troops were killed and wounded, while the British suffered 314 casualties.|
|At its peak, the British Army had upwards of 22,000 men at its disposal in North America to combat the rebellion. An additional 25,000 Loyalists, faithful to Great Britain, participated in the conflict as well.|
But, I wanted to post what was, perhaps, the most special moment for me:
|My grandkids, with my daughter-in-law, without even knowing I was there reenacting, showed up! I am holding Liam, Samm is holding Addie (who doesn't seem too sure about her Papa's clothing), and that's Benjamin standing.|
I love these guys!
|Ben even tried on my hat!|
And so did - - - -
|...my daughter, Rosalia!|
It was so good to see members of my family here!
And that ain't all bad!
With that being said, until next time, see you in time.
Here are a couple postings I wrote about some of my favorite history books that I have in my library:
Books: Researching the 18th Century
Museum in a Book
The battle and military facts in today's posting came from THIS page and THIS page.
Interested in reenacting? THIS post I wrote as a basic guide about colonial clothing may help.
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