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Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2010 5:07 p.m. PST

Hello all,

This week-end is a Re-enactment weekend at Ft. Meigs in Perrysburg Ohio. Camps for the U.S., British, and Indian Allies are located in the fort, along with the usual Camp Followers and 'What life was like back then" displays. Me and Mrwigglesworth packed up my wife and his kids and headed on over. Two things really caught my fancy, first was Drill with the British. Kids were given wooden Muskets and Cross-Belts and were instructed in Marching and Rifle Drills. They were then divided into two groups and marched out onto a battlefield where they faced off against each other. A number of volleys were exchanged before bayonets were fixed and charges were made!

Second was a Battle reenactment outside the fort walls. I've never seen this before in real life and I must say WOW!! Sure, I've seen the movies and read the books. But seeing it in real life really puts a new perspective on pushing minis around. The Americans were formed into Regiments and manoeuvred as such. The smoke of the musket and cannon fire was impressive, and there was only between 100-150 men out there! Can't begin to imagine what it was like when Napoleon roamed Europe with 100,000 plus men….

Here is the link to the pictures I took, link

I also got some videos, which I will upload to youtube hopefully tomorrow.

And here is a link to Ft. Meigs' website itself. fortmeigs.org

I also met fellow TMPer CraigSpiel.

I hope you enjoy,

Dave

pissant Inactive Member29 May 2010 8:22 p.m. PST

As is typical we see far too many well-fed middle-aged soldiers. But all having a good time to judge by the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

CraigSpiel Inactive Member31 May 2010 6:59 p.m. PST

Thanks for posting Dave. Great to meet another TMPer. My kids had a great time at Meigs, as always. My son(6 y.o.)loved the kids drill. He is the very small boy in the red t-shirt and khaki hat, his wooden musket looked to be a foot taller than him. Based on his performance, and choice of shirt color, he was later recruited by a gamer freind in the light company of the 41st foot. The grenadiers said he was too small for now.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jun 2010 3:10 a.m. PST

Loved the pics! Looks like everyone had a great time. I need to find out where local reenactments will be this summer near Cincinnati.

Thanks,

John

crhkrebs Inactive Member16 Nov 2010 7:40 a.m. PST

As is typical we see far too many well-fed middle-aged soldiers.

Seeing the life expectancy in the early 1800's was around 37 years, being well fed and middle aged is a bonus!

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