Revolutionary War Re-enactors Begin Spring Training

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Troops have descended on Fort Frederick. The 25-or-so men who make up the Fourth Legionary Corps, spent last Saturday gearing up for Revolutionary War re-enactment season during which they will meticulously recreate life in the late 18th century and re-enact battles.

After a day of drills — and debating vintage politics (?!) — some stuck around to practice with their guns and swords, shooting at targets depicting Mohicans and Frenchmen (a little creepy if you ask me), and hacking at melons and cabbages on horseback (now that’s more my speed).

My favorite part of the whole thing is this: there’s a rivalry between Revolutionary War re-enacters and Civil War re-enacters. Apparently, Revolutionary War re-enacters have a harder time finding recruits to wear the “funny clothes” and relive a war that is “not as relevant as the Civil War.” It makes me want to start a group to re-enact the Trojan War, just so the Revolutionary War guys have someone to feel less nerdy than.

Fort Frederick, built in 1756, will host musket and artillery demonstrations on May 12 and 13, and Revolutionary War reenactments on June 23 and 24.

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