Battle of The Hook Reenactment in Gloucester VA
This historic battle will be brought to life by Revolutionary War reenactors and living historians on the property of the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester, VA. Recreated military units from across the country will encamp near the actual battlefields where the American Revolution was won after six long years of fighting. Participating in this event will be units from The Continental Line, The British Brigade and the Brigade of the American Revolution. Please join us for the largest cavalry battle of the Revolutionary War!
October in Gloucester Painting by David R. Wagner from the Revolutionary Route Series Friday, 10th & Saturday, 11th - Black Powder & Paint - Colonial Court Circle Saturday, 11th - History & Adventure Trail - several locations Saturday, 11th - Dragon Run Day - Thousand Trails Campground Friday, 17th - Battle of the Hook Parade - Main Street Friday, 17th - Haunts of Gloucester - Main Street Saturday, 18th - Farmers Market - Susanna Wesley Church Saturday, 18th & Sunday, 19th - Battle of the Hook - Warner Hall Friday, 24th & Saturday, 25th - Haunted Trail - Beaverdam Park FARMER'S MARKET Saturday, October 18th, 9 am - 1 pm @ Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Rt 17, Ordinary. Featuring locally grown produce, home baked goods, perennials and herbs, hand crafted jewelry, locally roasted coffee, photography, Master Gardeners info, knit, crochet and embroidery items, holiday decorations and gifts. Vendor space available - must reserve in advance; call the Market Manager at 804-693-9534. The last two markets of the season will be November 15th and December 6th. Vendor spaces will be open for all retail products and services with a focus on traditional Thanksgiving foods & Christmas gift-giving. Members of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce invite you to enjoy October in Gloucester! 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UBS Union Baptist Church United Rentals United Way of Virginia Peninsula Vashti's Jewelry & Gifts Vavala Earl Construction Village Engraving & Specialty Gifts Inc Virginia Country Real Estate Virginia Institute of Marine Science Virginia Oncology Associates W. Kent Early Accounting & Tax Service W.T. Fary Brothers Lumber Co Wachovia Bank Wachovia Securities LLC WalMart Walter Reed Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center Ware Academy Water Pro Inc. Wayne ENGRAVING WernerAnderson Inc. Whitley Peanut Factory WXGM Radio Yarkey Building & Remodeling LLC Yellow Book USA York River Feed & Fishing Supplies LLC York River Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Zandler Development Company Black Powder and Paint Living History Weekend October 10 & 11 - 10 am to 5 pm on the Courthouse Green - 6509 Main St., Gloucester History & Adventure Trail Experience Life in the 18th Century Saturday, October 11 - 1 pm to 4 pm Visit local sites not usually open to the public, and some sites that you may not know about. Rogers Rangers Doctor Bloodsworth Visit with an award winning gunsmith, a woodturner, a dressmaker of the period, silversmith, storyteller and knife maker. Talk with John Clayton. Plus Rogers Rangers, Dr. Bloodsworth and an exhibit of period artwork by local artist, Sam Cole. Learn about hand quilting and how quilts played a major role in the social life of women in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nuttall Store in Ware Neck, Abingdon Episcopal Church Holly Knoll Walter Reed Birthplace Mobjack Bay Coffee Rosewell Nuttall's is a great example of a typical country store, complete with lunch counter, tack shop and a U.S. Post Office. They have a special treat in store for History Trail visitorsâ€Ślocal recording artist, Robert Matter, performs. Find delicious choices for lunch while you enjoy the music. Let the children burn off some energy at Beaverdam Park where they can pick up a Nature Bingo card at the Ranger station and then have fun identifying the plants, animals and other sites throughout the park. Admission is free with the exception of Rosewell; however, donations are gladly accepted to help fund other sites' upkeep. The Gloucester Lions Club will be on hand with their world famous clam chowder, fritters, hot dogs, onion rings and drinks. A brochure and map of all sites is available at the Gloucester Visitor Information Center on the historic Court Circle or online at www.gloucesterva.info/pr/tourism/ht.htm. For more information, call 804-693-0014. For more information, visit www.gloucesterva.info/pr/events/bpandp.htm or call 804-693-0014. October in Gloucester...Page 3 The Recreated First Virginia Regiment: Presenting the Revolutionary War Soldier and his camp as Living History. Raised in 1775 When war with England seemed inevitable, the First Virginia Regiment was raised by the Virginia Convention of July 17, 1775, as a defense unit for the colony. The unit initially consisted of six musket and two rifle companies under the command of Patrick Henry. Each company was to consist of 68 enlisted men and officers to include a captain, lieutenant and ensign (second lieutenant), for a total regimental strength of about 570 men. The First, along with the Second Regiment, saw service in the Tidewater area against troops recruited by Virginia's Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore. On December 9th, three companies from the First joined Col. Woodford and the Second Regiment in defeating Dunmore's troops at the Battle of Great Bridge near Norfolk. Dunmore abandoned Virginia in August, 1776. On February 15, 1776, the Regiment was accepted into the new Continental Line, the army of the colonies created by the Continental Congress. Between February and August, 1776, the First Virginia raised two additional companies and trained in Williamsburg with other Virginia regiments. On September 15, 1776, the First Virginia joined Washington's army near Harlem Heights, New York. The following day three companies of the Virginians joined Lt. Col. Thomas Knowlton's Connecticut Rangers in reconnoitering the enemy lines. Running into a detachment of British, the Continentals soon found themselves in heated battle and managed to force the British to withdraw. The success and heroism shown by the Continental troops in this relatively small engagement was a much needed moral boost for the Americans. The First Virginia took part in Washington's daring and successful attack on Hessian troops at Trenton, New Jersey on December 26, 1776. A week later the Regiment was in the heaviest fighting at Princeton. At the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1777, a rearguard action by the First Virginia allowed the out-maneuvered American army to regroup and fight again. On October 4, 1777, at Germantown, Pennsylvania, the First Virginia cut through the British line in a bayonet charge that carried to the enemy's camp. October in Gloucester...Page 4 The winter of 1777-78 saw the First Virginia Regiment with Washington at Valley Forge. In June the unit played a key part in the longest battle of the Revolutionary War at Monmouth Courthouse, New Jersey. In concert with New Hampshire regiments, the First Virginia responded to heavy British pressure by outflanking the King's troops. By September 1778, the entire Virginia Continental Line was reduced in strength due to the hardships of campaign, disease and the expiration of enlistments. The fifteen Virginia regiments were consolidated to eleven. In 1779, the Virginia regiments were again consolidated and in November began the march south to fight in the Carolinas. has itself developed a proud history. Organized in February, 1975, the First Virginia is incorporated in Virginia as a nonprofit, educational organization. The First Virginia, along with the rest of the Southern Department of the Continental Army was captured at Charleston, South Carolina on May 10, 1780. The First acted as honor guard for Queen Elizabeth II during Her Majesty's visit to the United States in 1976, and marched in review before the President at Concord and Yorktown. Members participated in trips to England and France for Revolutionary War ceremonies, parades and other reenactment activities. Members of the First Virginia have appeared in feature films and documentaries about the period. The First Virginia is a regularly reliedupon source of historical and safety information for the National Park Service and the State of Virginia. On February 12, 1781, a board of officers met at Chesterfield Court House, Virginia and created the First Virginia Regiment as a "paper" organization. With over 1,300 Virginia Continentals still held prisoner at Charleston, South Carolina, the reorganization was largely designed to establish relative seniority of the officers. The personnel who had managed to escape capture were formed into a temporary battalion under Lt. Col. Thomas Posey. In May 1782, with most of the fighting over, new First and Second Regiments were formed from new recruits and veterans. On January 1, 1783, the various Virginia troops still in service were consolidated into one large battalion, designated the First Virginia Regiment, and a small battalion of two companies, designated the Second. Most of Virginia's Continentals were mustered out of service in June, 1783, with the final three companies of the First being discharged in July or August of that year. Recreated 1975 The recreated First Virginia Regiment is one of the most r e c o g n i z e d Revolutionary War units in the country and The regiment gives camp and tactical demonstrations, participates in battle reenactments, and has a comprehensive educational program. Highlights of the First Virginia's activities over the years include participation in most of the major battle reenactments of the Bicentennial, including the largest at Yorktown, Va. in 1981. The First Virginia has often returned to annual reenactments at these and other sites since the Bicentennial. The recreated First Virginia is composed of men and women who portray the Revolutionary War soldier and his military camp as "living history." We are historians, business executives, students, government continued on page 15 Victory at Gloucester Battle of the Hook Pocket Program - Bring this with you! The Battle of the Hook A Brief History The Declaration of Independence had been adopted five years earlier. Its words created a vision for the American people and the Republic. But in 1781, the outcome of the rebellion against the British Crown is far from certain. The War is essentially at a stalemate in New England and British forces have been sweeping through the southern states. The British Gen. Lord Cornwallis has moved his army to the Tidewater area of Virginia and is seeking a port to receive reinforcements and establish a British stronghold for winning the war in the south. He chooses the port of York Town. Lord Cornwallis is an experienced soldier and he realizes that to control York Town, he must also control Gloucester Town - present day Gloucester Point. British forces occupy Gloucester Town by August 1, 1781, and engineers actually start building fortifications in Gloucester Town one day sooner than in York Town. Word of Cornwallis' presence and intent reaches Gen. George Washington in New York. Both sides know that the key to the War in the south, and perhaps the entire country, is who will control Virginia. Gen. Washington sees an opportunity to strike a blow at the British by moving the main Allied forces, American and French, to Virginia to trap British Gen. Lord Cornwallis' army that is now entrenching itself at York Town and Gloucester Town. Bolstered by the news that French Adm. DeGrasse, with a fleet that includes 28 ships of the line and 3,000 troops, is sailing for the Chesapeake from the Caribbean. The Allied armies of Washington and Rochambeau began to secretly move on August 19 to reposition themselves into Tidewater Virginia. In the meantime, Gloucester is at the mercy of British Col. Dundas' troops. While the Gloucester Safety Committee has mustered the Gloucester Militia under John Page, Warner Lewis, and others, it is no match for the British garrison. While some skirmishing occurs, the British forage essentially at will. The British forces confiscate - take by force food and supplies from the homes and farms in Gloucester. The food and supplies are being channeled to Cornwallis' main body of troops on the south shore of the York River. However, the odds are about to change. Washington orders 1,500 Virginia Militia under the command of Gen. George Weedon to take up a position in Gloucester. Included in this number are 400 men who are chosen to form the Select Brigade under the command of Lt. Col. John F. Mercer - who is all of 22 years of age. These men are veterans of the Continental Army and many have seen continued on page 10 October in Gloucester...Page 5 Welcome! Welcome to Gloucester County. Welcome to the Inn at Warner Hall. Welcome to Victory at Gloucester... The Battle of the Hook. We invite you to take a walk back in time to a pivotal moment in the history of Gloucester County, and indeed the United States of America. Many are familiar with the Siege of Yorktown, but few are aware of the struggle to control Gloucester and the battle that took place in Gloucester County. This engagement, known as the Battle of the Hook, and the other actions in Gloucester without a doubt contributed to the Allies' victory at Yorktown. The primary objectives of Victory at Gloucester - The Battle of the Hook are these: * Educate - We invite you to learn from the re-enactors about the life and times of the people, both men and women, who helped make this country a reality. Learn from a student a fresh perspective on what it means to be an American today. Learn from an actor about the personal feelings of people who sacrificed much for their cause. Learn from an historian and an archeologist about the legacy of Gloucester County. * Commemorate - We invite you to join in commemorating the lives and deeds of all the men and women, soldier and citizen alike, regardless of country or color of uniform, who with sacrifice, bravery, and honor strived to fulfill their duty on that day of October 3, 1781. * Celebrate - We invite you to pause and reflect on what binds us together. Let us celebrate the inheritance left to us by those who fought so hard for liberty. Let us celebrate that all the combatants on that field in 1781 are today strong allies. We have worked hard to make sure your day with us is all of the above and fun too! Now, get out there and meet the people, watch the demonstrations, ask questions, enjoy the food, rest a while in the shade of trees that date back to the era, and HAVE A FUN DAY. The Battle of the Hook Steering Committee descendant of Augustine Warner I. Warner Hall is referred to as the home of the Queen's American ancestors. Augustine Warner II (1642-1681) inherited Warner Hall upon the death of his father in 1674, and further developed the plantation house and property. Augustine Warner II, like his father, was a member of the King's Council and also served as Speaker of The House of Burgesses. He married Mildred Reade, daughter of George Reade, founder of Yorktown, and after her death, Elizabeth Martian. In 1676 Nathaniel Bacon came to Gloucester after burning Jamestown and made Warner Hall his headquarters. It was at Warner Hall that Bacon invited the "Oath of Fidelity" of his fellow countrymen. Warner Hall Plantation A Brief History In the winter of 1642, Augustine Warner I arrived in Jamestown with twelve new Virginia Colony settlers. For bringing these colonists to the new frontier, Warner was given a "head Grant" of 600 acres in Gloucester. He eventually expanded his acreage at Warner Hall, to several thousand acres prior to his death in 1674. During his life he was Justice of York, Justice of Gloucester and a member of the King's Council in Virginia. Augustine Warner was the great, great grandfather of George Washington, and an ancestor of Robert E. Lee. Queen Elizabeth II October in Gloucester...Page 6 is a direct All of Augustine Warner II's sons died young and when Augustine himself died in 1681 at the age of 39, he left three daughters, Mary, Mildred and Elizabeth. Mary went on to marry John Smith, of Purton, on the York, and their son, Augustine Smith was said to have been one of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, accompanying Governor Spotswood on his 1716 expedition across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mildred Warner married Lawrence Washington and their son, Augustine, married Mary Ball. Augustine and Mary became the proud parents of George Washington, named after his great-grandfather, George Reade. Perhaps the most recognized patriot in American history, Gen. George Washington led the Colonies to independence from the British in 1776. Gen. Washington continued his role as a great patriot in 1789 and become the first President of the United States of America. In a famous funeral phrase, Henry Lee declared that Washington was "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Elizabeth, the third daughter of Augustine Warner II, became the wife of John Lewis and inherited Warner Hall. Their son, John Lewis II (1702-1754) was a member of His Majesty's Council, and continued on page 7 was prominent in Gloucester County. The Where Do I Park to Attend the Battle of the Hook WHERE DO I PARK TO ATTEND THE BATTLE OF THE HOOK? 5 pm. Buses will be clearly marked for your return trip to the location of your vehicle. MUST I PAY TO RIDE THE SHUTTLE? On-site parking is limited to "Handicap" Please plan to arrive well ahead of scheduled $1 round trip for adults identified vehicles only*. Shuttle buses will be battles (see schedule page 8) to insure that you Free - children and students with ID provided to transport all other spectators to the don't miss any of the exciting action. site beginning at 8:45 am. You may park and *NOTE TO PEOPLE W/ DISABILITIES: ride the shuttle from any of three convenient If you use a wheelchair or scooter, you may parking locations: drive to the site and use the designated WHAT MAY I BRING ON THE handicapped parking. However, please be SHUTTLE? Main Street Center, 6920 Main St prepared for uneven terrain and traveling a Gloucester High School, 6680 Short Ln considerable distance to the event. All other Chairs, coolers, strollers, etc. All such items Page Middle School, 5628 GWMH must be able to fit comfortably on your lap for people who have disabilities are encouraged to use the shuttle bus, as the drop-off and pick-up Shuttles will run continuously from 8:45 am to the bus ride. location is closer to the event areas. Souvenir Tent Wagner prints on sale You won't want to leave without a souvenir of your visit. Stop by the big white tent on your way back to the shuttle bus and pick up something to commemorate the day. Revolutionary Route Art Series By David R. Wagner Official "Battle of the Hook" shirts, Tricorn hats and Mob caps, Tin whistles, Encounters in History DVD Gloucester mugs and Coloring books, Magnets and note cards, and more. You can also order a limited edition, signed, giclee prints of David R. Wagner's Revolutionary Route. All 3 prints depict scenes of the Revolutionary War in Gloucester. Warner Hall Plantation continued from page 6 Lewis Family occupied Warner Hall for generations and members of the family immigrated to all parts of the United States. Lewis family descendants built a number of important Virginia homes including Belle Farm, Eagle Point, Abingdon and Severn Hall. Colonel Fielding Lewis of Belle Farm, was the grandson of Elizabeth and John Lewis. Col. Lewis was married twice, first to Catherine Washington, and after her death, to Elizabeth (Betty) Washington, sister of George. One of Fredericksburg's most beautiful and historic homes, Kenmore, was built by Fielding Lewis for his wife Betty. As the Warner-Lewis family grew over the Limited edition, giclee reproductions Numbered and signed by the artist Three paintings from this incredible series are scenes depicting Gloucester events during the Revolutionary War Virginia Militia Battle Tarleton Sabre Au Clair The Seawell Incident $180 plus S&H Visit us in the Gloucester Visitor Center, on the Court Circle, during Black Powder & Paint Living History Weekend; or in the souvenir tent at the Battle of the Hook to reserve your prints for drop shipment directly to your door. For more information, call 804-693-0014. years so did the size of the house. From the time of Augustine Warner II, to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Lewis, the family and plantation prospered. Warner Hall came to consist of a large center structure with two separate detached brick dependencies. The east building was the plantation kitchen and laundry, and the west building was the tutor's quarters, plantation schoolroom and shipping office. In 1740, a fire destroyed the original 17th century Warner home, but the Lewis family rebuilt on the same foundations. The property remained in the Lewis family until the 1830s. In 1849, the center section of the original Lewis house suffered a devastating fire, leaving the two brick east and west dependencies and out buildings. Before the turn of the century, the Cheney family acquired the property and built the present wood-framed Colonial Revival mansion that was popular in that era, on the original foundation and of the same floor plan as the Lewis house. Listed by both the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, The Inn at Warner Hall continues to be of major architectural and genealogical significance in American history. Warner Hall has long been considered one of the premier properties in the Tidewater area. October in Gloucester...Page 7 Battle of the Hook Weekend Schedule of Events October 17-19, 2008 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18TH INN AT WARNER HALL 8:30 am 9:00 am 11:00 am 12:30 pm 1:15 pm 2 - 3 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm 5:00 pm FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17TH - MAIN STREET 6:30 pm - Military Parade Meet George Washington Visitorâ€™s Center Open 6-9 pm Dr. Selig talk 7:15 Colonial Courthouse Haunted Tours - see page 9 for details SATURDAY & SUNDAY ALL DAY ACTIVITIES: Shuttle bus transportation opens GHS, Page, Main St. Center Reception Tent and Arts & Education Pavilion open SAR program at the Warner Hall Cemetery Foraging Reenactment with Mrs. Whiting Troops assemble for safety inspection Battle of the Hook French Landing Reenactment Continental Troops Muster Out Ceremony Event closes * Learn about Encampment Food Preparation * Meet with Field Hospital Surgeons * "Dig" into the Past Archeology Excavation SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19TH INN AT WARNER HALL SATURDAY ONLY: Enjoy performances by the Courthouse Players & Gloucester Students 8:30 am 9:00 am Court House Players performance schedule: 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:30 & 1 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am 1:15 pm See page 10 for the Gloucester Students performance schedule. October in Gloucester...Page 8 * Visit with Soldiers in their encampments *Times are subject to change 2 - 3 pm 4:00 pm Shuttle bus transportation opens GHS, Page, Main St. Center Reception Tent and Arts & Education Pavilion open Soldiers church service Artillery Demonstration Fife & Drum Demonstration Musket Demonstration Troops assemble for safety inspection Battle of Green Springs Event closes ENJOY GREAT FOOD... by SWEET MADELINEâ€™S Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich w/ Chips & Drink $7 Twin Hot Dogs w/ Chips & Drink $6 Crab Cake Sandwich w/ Chips & Drink $7 Crab Soup $5 Brunswick Stew $5 BEVERAGES: $1 Lemonade, Sweet Tea, Hot Cider Desserts: $2 Brownies or Lemon Bars Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a lot of walking. October in Gloucester...Page 9 Battle of the Hook A Brief History continued from page 5 combat. The militia forces include mounted troops and light artillery. In addition, Lauzun's Legion is ordered to Gloucester. Commanded by Armand Louis de Gontaut, the Duc de Lauzun, these French forces include the Hussars (cavalry), artillery, and infantry. Lauzun's Legion is made up of men from over a dozen European countries. Many, especially the Hussars, are from the area of the current Republic of Hungary. Washington and Rochambeau know all too well that the only way for Cornwallis to escape the siege they are planning in York Town is to move through Gloucester and make his way back to New York City. Eight hundred more French infantry from Degrasse's fleet land at Ware House Landing to bring the total number of allied troops in Gloucester to around 3,000. Gen. Washington appoints Brig. Gen. Claude Gabriel de Choisy, of the French army, as the overall commanding officer of the Allies in Gloucester. The allied forces began to move south in Gloucester to contain and confront the British garrison. Successive camps were near Adner, Ware Church, Roanes, and Abingdon Church. As Cornwallis' situation becomes bleaker in York Town, he sends Tarleton's Legion to Gloucester Town. Col. Banastre Tarleton was well known in the American ranks for his military successes against them as well as "Tarleton's quarter," referring to his "take no prisoners" position at Waxhaws, South Carolina against the Virginians under Col. Buford. Tarleton's troops bring the British strength at Gloucester Town to over 1,000. On the morning of October 3, 1781, Col. Tarleton leads the British Legion out of Gloucester Town for a "grand forage." It is likely that Cornwallis knew he would soon have to brace his army for the impending bombardment at York Town and that he must build his stockpile of food and supplies - at the expense of the citizens of Gloucester. Philip Taliferro, stationed as a lookout at the Perrin's home "Little England," sends a dispatch to de Choisy at Abingdon Church that the British were on the move. The Duc de Lauzun leads his troops down the main road (basically today's Route 17) and Col. Mercer leads the Select Brigade down an alternate route east of the main road to seek out Tarleton. As the French forces pass near Seawell's Ordinary, the Duc deLauzun tells us in his diary the following, "I saw a very pretty woman at the door of a farm house on the high road. I went up to her and questioned her. She told me that Col. Tarleton had left her house a moment before and had said that he was very eager to shake hands with the French Duke. I assured her I had come on purpose to gratify him." This lady was Mrs. Whiting. Soon after this, the forward French troops encounter Tarleton's Legion. Shots ring out and the main body of French troops rush towards the sounds of gunfire. Lauzun's cavalry, the Hussars, see the British line, form up, and charge Tarleton's dragoons. The Hussars charge is strong and rattles the British. Col. Tarleton himself is actually unhorsed, possibly from his horse being wounded. The British infantry attack Lauzun's flank and provide an opportunity for Tarleton to be rescued by his dragoons (cavalry). The British cavalry fall back behind their infantry and reform for a counterattack. Tarleton counterattacks Lauzun's Hussars and drives them back. By this time, the 200 men of the Select Brigade of the Virginia Militia are on the field. Lauzun's horsemen fall back under attack through the Virginians. Lt. Col. John Mercer dismounts from his horse and leads the Virginians at a run towards the British. October in Gloucester...Page 10 After a short but intense firefight, the Select Brigade repulses Tarleton's counterattack as well as killing the British infantry commanding officer. Tarleton beats a retreat back to fortified Gloucester Town. Later in the day Brigadier Gen. de Choisy sends the following dispatch to George Washington: Sir, I have the hounor to inform you that by our arrival at Saoul's Tavern we have met with the ennemi who was in number about 500 men Cavalry and Infantry, that the Cavalry of the Duc of Lauzun has attaqued them, pierced through and that we have had a great advantage on them We can esteem they have 30 men killed or wounded The 200 men grenadier Americans who were the only Infantry advanced enough to have part in the affair and who have behaved excedingly well have killed one officer who was at the head of the Infantry of the ennemi. T'is a general report that Tarleton has been wounded. The ennemi have retired to Gloucester and we are quickly in our Camp where I expect you will join to morrow as we have already agreed. I have the hounor to be your Most humble servant, Choisy The food supply for the British at York Town is cut off. The French and Americans establish a defensive line across Gloucester that lets Cornwallis know any attempt to escape through Gloucester will be strongly resisted. In just a few days the bombardment of the British at York Town begins. On the night of October 14, the Allied forces in Gloucester fein an attack on Gloucester Town to distract the British while the real action is the taking of British redoubts 9 and 10 at York Town. This results in French and American artillery coming within nearly point blank range of the British lines. With his options running out, Cornwallis assembles a fleet of barges and small boats and starts ferrying his soldiers to Gloucester Town on the night of October 16, in order to make an attempt to break through the defensive line of the Allies. A severe storm turns the York River into tall waves and white froth. Many lives are lost from capsized boats and the crossing is stopped. By the time the storm is over, it is too near daylight to resume the crossing. On October 17, a British officer emerges from the fortifications at York Town under a white flag. A surrender of the British forces at York Town and Gloucester Town is negotiated on October 18. On October 19, one hour after the British surrender at Yorktown, the British garrison at Gloucester surrenders 1,100 men and 300 horses to the Allies. Like Cornwallis, Tarleton does not appear on the surrender field. Come to Victory at Gloucester - the Battle of the Hook COME FOR AN ORIGINAL REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD PLAY! Mystery At the Beach Written by Rhonda Taylor. Presented by Botetourt 4th and 5th graders on Saturday. Performances at 10 am on Warner Hall front steps and at Noon on the back yard stage. COME FOR THE ART CONTEST DISPLAY! You'll be amazed by the creative artwork displayed in the Art Tents on the grounds of Warner Hall. Hundreds of pieces of art by Gloucester County school children will be on display. A local artist will choose one winner from each grade level. The winners will be framed and displayed prominently! COME FOR THE MUSIC! Saturday On the front steps of Warner Hall Bethel students lead by Carla Stanley will perform at 11 am with period songs and dancing. Gloucester High School Choral Groups directed by Greta Reed will dazzle you with period and patriotic songs! Performance at 11:30 am. COME TO WATCH THE GAMES! Saturday GHS Ruriteens will lead kids in games familiar to colonial children. We will have leap frog, sack and three-legged races and egg relays. COME FOR THE WRITING CONTEST DISPLAY! We will display EVERY piece of original writing by a Gloucester County school age child who follows the guidelines for the contest. A local writer will choose one winner from each grade level. The winners will be framed and displayed prominently! COME FOR THE EDUCATION! The battles, the encampments, the cooking demonstrations, the archeology, mingling with the reenactors, listening to the battlefield surgeon ---- don't miss it! COME FOR THE DRAMA! Gloucester County Schools will have 30 minutes of stage time on the beautiful back porch of Warner Hall on Saturday. You'll see skits, dances, dramatic readings, poetry readings and much more! 10:00 Achilles Elementary 10:30 T.C. Walker Elementary 11:00 Botetourt Elementary 11:30 Petsworth School 12:00 Peasley Middle School 2:30 Abingdon Elementary 3:30 Gloucester High School PARTICIPATE Come to see if you won the "What Gloucester Means to Me" Contest October in Gloucester...Page 11 Gregory Fisher to Portray General George Washington Gregory Fisher has been portraying George Washington, the young Virginia Colonel, planter, and Burgess, as well as the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, for 10 years for the Living History Foundation, Inc., the Little Maids of History Inc, and appears courtesy of the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation. As Gen. Washington, Greg has made appearances on numerous occasions with well known interpreters such as Colonial Williamsburg's Bill Barker (Thomas Jefferson) and Mark Schneider (Marquee de Lafayette). Greg served as a senior non-commissioned officer in the U S Army before retiring after 21 years of active duty service. Currently residing in Woodbridge, he continues to serve his country as a federal employee with the Dept of Homeland Security. The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route During the Yorktown Campaign of the Revolutionary War, when American and French armies marched down the East Coast toward ultimate victory, General George Washington coming from Baltimore arrived in Virginia on September 9, 1781, crossing the Potomac River on Joshua George’s ferry. It took about 20 minutes for Washington to make the crossing, at a location overshadowed today by the Francis Scott Key Bridge between Georgetown, in D.C., and Rosslyn, in Arlington. Late that afternoon, Washington rode on to his home at Mt. Vernon. The next day, Jean Baptiste Donatiende Vimeur, comtede Rochambeau, the commanding officer of French forces on the American mainland, joined Washington there. One day later, on September 11, the chevalier de Chastellux arrived with his retinue at Mt. Vernon as well. And on September 12 the three generals continued their journey, which took them to Williamsburg on September 14. Washington, Rochambeau, and Chastellux were but the vanguard of thousands more men and beasts that followed, making September 1781 a busy month for ferry operator Joshua George. On the evening of September 15, for instance, almost 300 hussars of Lauzun's Legion, with about 1,000 horses and 175 wagons reached Georgetown after a 21-mile ride from Snowden’s Iron Works in Maryland and crossed the Potomac. On September 19, almost 100 wagons of the American wagon train crossed the Potomac and rolled to a camp three miles short of Alexandria. Five days later, on September 24, 110 more wagons of the French, drawn by 660 oxen and accompanied by about 30 Continental soldiers, also began traversing October in Gloucester...Page 12 the Potomac on Joshua George’s Georgetown Ferry. It was already late in the afternoon of September 25 when the last wagons rolled eight miles to their camp in Alexandria. Meanwhile, more than one hundred small vessels carrying Washington's approximately 2,700 troops and about 1,000 French grenadiers and chasseurs made their way down the Chesapeake Bay, followed by 15 French vessels carrying the remainder of Rochambeau’s army, some 4,000 officers and men. By September 26, Washington’s and Rochambeau’s forces had joined up with the approximately 2,700 Continental officers and men under the French general marquis de Lafayette. Since late April, General L a f a y e t t e ’s men had been harassing British forces under General L o r d Cornwallis who, coming from North Carolina, had e n t e r e d Virginia that same month. By early A u g u s t , however, Cornwallis w a s entrenching his army in Yorktown and Gloucester. On September 28, the combined forces of close to 6,000 Continental Army troops, 3,300 Virginia militia, 4,900 French officers and soldiers under Rochambeau, as well as 3,300 men under the marquis de St. Simon who had come to Virginia on the fleet of Admiral de Grasse, marched from their staging areas in Williamsburg and around Gloucester Court House to Yorktown and Gloucester Point. There they laid siege to some 4,300 British regulars, 2,000 German auxiliaries, and 700 Loyalists supporters of King George III. What followed is well known: On 19 October, General Lord Cornwallis' forces marched out of Yorktown and on toward prisoner-of-war camps in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The War of Independence on the American mainland was over. This is a portion of an article written by Dr. Robert A. Selig, published in the 2007 Edition, Notes on Virginia, Number 51, Virginia Department of Historic Resources. For more information, visit http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/homepage_genera l/NotesOnVirginia.htm. Revolutionary War Battle in Gloucester On October 18 and 19, hundreds of Revolutionary War soldiers, and their families, will gather in Gloucester County for one of the largest reenactments of 2008. These history enthusiasts will travel from California, Canada, Florida, the Mid-West, Puerto Rico and the original thirteen colonies to recreate the Battle of the Hook. About 1,500 reenactors are expected to encamp at Warner Hall where they will set up authentic military camps, eat authentic army meals, and recreate the battle fought in Gloucester 227 years ago. While not well know, several skirmishes between British troops and local Patriot militia were fought in Gloucester before the British surrender at Yorktown. These culminated in the Battle of the Hook when British troops under the command of "Bloody" Banestre Tarleton were defeated by a combined force of Virginia militia and French soldiers. According to historian Dr. Robert Seleig, the Battle of the Hook included what was probably the largest cavalry action of the Revolutionary War. General Washington commented on the Battle of the Hook "... the General congratulates the Army upon the brilliant success of the Allied Troops near Gloucester. … the Enemy, amounting to six hundred horse [cavalry] and foot [infantry soldiers], were completely repulsed…" Members of the First Virginia and Seventh Virginia Regiments, two local reenactment groups, are organizing the recreated Revolutionary War activities. They will be working with similar groups from all over the country, including units representing British, Loyalist, Hessian, French, American, and even Spanish troops. These different units are made up of volunteers who purchase their own uniforms, muskets and gear. Upon arrival at Warner Hall, they will set up authentic tents, cook 18th century meals, practice the correct military drill, and fight the battle, following history as closely as possible. "Of course, no one is going to be killed by musket balls or artillery," says Carl Gnam, commander of the First Virginia. "We pride ourselves on our level of authenticity, including hand-stitched uniforms, and reproduction muskets. But unlike the men and women we portray, we get to go back home at the end of the weekend!" Gnam, like his fellow reenactors, is a history buff who endevours to understand what it was like to be a soldier during the Revolutionary War. "By learning the drill, carrying the musket and living in tents for a couple of days, we get a glimpse of what those people experienced. It allows us to really appreciate what our ancestors went through to gain our independence," Gnam says. Reenacting the Revolutionary War can be a family affair according to Gnam. "Armies at the time included camp followers; the wives and children of the soldiers, who traveled along with the army." Soldiers were not paid enough to support a family back home, so married soldiers frequently brought their wives and children with them. "It was a tough existence for the camp followers, but most had no choice but to follow their husbands and fathers." According to Gnam, these women were employed by the army to do the soldiers’ laundry and help care for the sick and wounded. Gnam expects about 1,500 reenactors for this event, including women and children. "We have people coming from Canada, California, Puerto Rico, and even two Americans from Japan," says Gnam. All are members of different groups, representing many different military units. During the weekend in Gloucester the groups will be amalgamated to form full-size battalions of 100 men or more. "Visitors will be able to see how the Revolutionary War was fought, with men formed in ranks, shoulder-to-shoulder," according to Gnam. "We'll be firing musket volleys, with up to 200 muskets firing BATTLE OF THE HOOK T-SHIRTS ON SALE Battle of the Hook t-shirts are NOW on sale at the following locations: CZ Scrubs, Angelwings, Sweet Madeline’s, Peace Frogs, Red, White & Bordeaux and Ace Hardware. Stop by and purchase yours today! They will also be on sale October 18 & 19 in the souvenir tent on site. together." Of course, they'll be firing "blanks" for the mock battle; that's a black powder charge without the deadly .69 caliber musket ball! In addition to musket firing, visitors will be able to see reproduction artillery in action. "We expect to have ten battalion guns on the field," says Gnam. These were smaller cannons that fired a 3 pound cannon ball, or a canister filled with musket balls. With a crew of six men these cannon could be maneuvered on the battlefield along side the infantry without using horses. "These cannons were almost like machine guns. Firing canister at a line of enemy troops 100 yards away, they could create chaos," according to Gnam. There will also be cavalry at the battle, called dragoons during the Revolutionary War. Unlike the Civil War 90 years later, neither the British nor Americans had large cavalry units. "The Battle of the Hook is believed to be the largest cavalry battle of the War, and there were probably about 300 hundred mounted troops involved," says Gnam. "We currently have about 25 horses signed up, and are hoping for more." The reenactors and their units are members of three large umbrella groups, The Continental Line, The British Brigade, and the Brigade of the American Revolution. These groups have organized most of the large Revolutionary War reenactments over the past 25 years. All three groups are involved in the Battle of the Hook event. October in Gloucester...Page 13 GMSA “PICTURE MY WORLD” PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST October-November, Entry Fee $15 Theme: "Gloucester, the Land of the Life Worth Living." This contest is for the "shutter bug" in your family! Entry forms available at various locations along Gloucester Main Street or by download @ www.cookfoundation.info. Each entry will be given a disposable camera registered to their name to use to take pictures of why they think that Gloucester is the “land of the life worth living.” The camera must be turned in to the Cook Foundation by November 30th. The Cook Foundation will develop the pictures. BATTLE OF THE HOOK WEEKEND MAIN STREET EVENTS Friday-Saturday, October 17 & 18 FRIDAY MAIN STREET MILITARY PARADE 6:30 pm led by George Washington himself on horseback! HISTORICAL TALK Prizes: First Place: $250, Second Place: $100, Third Place: $75, Fourth Place: $50, Fifth Place: $25. by Dr. Selig at 7:15 pm in the Colonial Courthouse. Topic: NO DEVELOPED PICTURES WILL BE ACCEPTED AS ENTRIES! “Horse thieves, cattle rustlers, Pictures will be judged by a panel of judges provided by the Cook tavern keepers, French Royalty Foundation. Many entries will be displayed on the Riverside Walter occupied Gloucester in 1781.” Reed Hospital Campus at their various facilities. HAUNTS OF GLOUCESTER HALLOWEEN HARVEST - BATTLE OF THE HOOK - MAIN STREET BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST First Place wins $150, Second Place: $75, Third Place: $50 at 7:30 pm. Meet on the green next to Stillwaters. The Courthouse Players will treat to you ghostly haunts along Gloucester’s Main Street. Tours last about an hour and are $10 per person, with ages 6 & under FREE. Recommended for school age children and up. Purchase tickets the night of the event on site. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Shops on Main Street OPEN UNTIL 9 PM with discounts and Whether you decide to decorate in the specials! Don't miss your chance to shop after hours on Gloucester Halloween, Harvest or Battle of the Hook Main Street! Spirit - your business is eligible to win the annual decorating contest! Voting will begin on our website @ www.gloucestervirginia.org on October 10th and voting will end at midnight on October 31st. MAIN STREET TRICK OR TREAT Friday, October 31st from 5:30 to 8 pm Join the Cook Foundation and the GMSA for its 2nd annual Main Street Trick or Treat! Last year was a wonderful success with over 600 children enjoying a safe, friendly, family oriented evening. Visit many of our businesses along Main Street for a treat and enjoy the safe, friendly, family atmosphere! October in Gloucester...Page 14 For more information on these events call 695-0700 or for updated information, please visit our website @ www.gloucestervirginia.org The Recreated First Virginia continued from page 4 employees, teachers, professionals, and artisans - and now we are 18th century citizensoldiers and their families. The First Virginia Regiment fields a company of men armed with smoothbore muskets and a platoon of men who fire the more accurate, slower loading Long Rifle. In addition, the First Virginia has a light field piece and crew. The gun is a three-pound brass battalion gun, built for portage and copied by the Americans from British guns captured at Saratoga. The First Virginia also includes fifers and drummers who bring the camp to life with march tunes and duty calls that were a part of a soldiers everyday life. The First Virginia has a company-sized 18th century military camp with tents for men, officers, dining and arms. Meals appropriate to the period are prepared by women in 18th century dress, using reproductions of the cooking gear of Washington's army. Vignettes of camp life - sewing, repair of gear, drill, gaming, and other activities - demonstrate how the Revolutionary War soldier lived. Medical care of the period is also featured. The First Virginia Regiment is incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit educational organization and as such has a Board of Directors, elected annually. Members frequently appear before local schools, scout troops, and community events to demonstrate what it was like to be in Washington's Army. Representatives of the National Park Service, and other state government organizations have attended the Regiment's instructional "18th Century Skills" events where authentic military activities, as well as safety, are taught. Membership Information Anyone with an interest in the American Revolution and the time to devote to this hobby is welcome. Membership is open to all persons without regard to sex, color, creed, or national origin. New members are expected to equip themselves and learn the drill and other information covered in the unit's Recruit Manual. However, the group maintains a "loaner locker" of clothing and gear that allow new members to begin participating as soon as they are interested and they may use these items until they have completed acquiring their own. You may contact the First Virginia Regiment: c/o James Garner 9124 Rockefeller Lane Springfield, VA 22153 Or visit our website: www.1va.org 4TH ANNUAL DRAGON RUN DAY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH Join the fun from 10am to 4pm at Thousand Trails Campground! This free event celebrates the Dragon Run watershed's natural, cultural and historic heritage with hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. Among the many activities and demonstrations planned is a portable saw mill operation, a tree identification walk, a demonstration of the traditional art of cornhusk rug-making, and "seine netting" to discover the tiniest of creatures that reside in our waters. Re-charge your batteries with foot-stompin' music provided by "Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys", along with delicious seafood available for purchase from Thousand Trails. Artists and crafters are on hand as well to help you get a jump on your Christmas gifts with a variety of hand-crafted items. With tents and shelters to provide cover, this is a rain or shine event that provides fascinating and educational entertainment for the whole family! Haunted Trail Beaverdam Park 7-9:30 pm Friday, October 24 & Saturday, October 25 The forests of Gloucester County became unsettled and frightening as a supernatural chain of events caused by a catastrophic alignment of the stars, moon and planets occurred one fall night in the mid-1980s. Seemingly related unnatural events and hauntingly frightful encounters have been reported each October since that night. Not all who have ventured out have returned and those who did, have never been the same. These occurrences have taken hold and challenge the historic ghost tales of Churchill and White Marsh. ORRRRR…Parks and Recreation needed a fall special event to help raise funds for county park development. It's not as glamorous as the first tale but it is the truth of how the Haunted Trail has become one of the standard fearfests of autumn. For the last 20 years, the trail has been organized by Parks, Recreation and Tourism and staffed by local volunteers, with a slightly scary side to their personalities! This "safe" scare is fun for the whole family. With the darkness of the woods, the loudness of some skits and the surprise of some creatures, this trail is not recommended for youth 8 and under. It is also recommended that youth under 12 be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $6 for ages 13 and older or $5 for ages 12 and under. Volunteers are welcome, call Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 693-2355 for more information or to volunteer. October in Gloucester...Page 15 Battle of the Hook Sponsors: Patriot's Circle Brigadier General Choisy Circle Gloucester County General Washington Circle Mary Ellen and Claiborne Robins General Lafayette Circle Martin, Ingles & Ingles Main Street Preservation Trust Brigadier General George Weedon Circle BB&T Bank EVB Bank Riverside Health Systems Inn at Warner Hall Kelsick Gardens Chesapeake Bank Waste Management Duc De Lauzan Circle Larry Arntz Promotions Peace Frogs ZH Studios Lowe's Home Improvement Second Nature Landscaping Ferguson Enterprises Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Bryant Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Reed Lieutenant Colonel Mercer Circle Chesapeake Marine Training Institute Peninsula Heating & Air Phillips Energy, Inc. 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Col. (Ret.) Lewis H. "Bucky" Burruss, visionary and advocate of the event, receives commemorative plaque from Chip Gnam, Allied Commander of the Reenactment. Photo courtsey of Drew Finley, ZH Studios Thank you all for your generous support.