Revolutionary War Reenactment
Revolutionary War Reenactment - The Battle of Sunset Lake
Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26, 2016, 9AM
Village Recreation Park and in the Historic Village
Between 200 to 300 volunteer reenactors from the North West Territory Alliance will descend upon Vicksburg from Friday night, June 24, 2016, to Sunday late afternoon to demonstrate, perform, educate, and live as they were in the Northwest Territory in the lead up to conflict between the King of England and the Patriots.
They will kick off the event with a Fue de Joie on Friday evening at dusk, when all of the reenactors will fire their guns into the air to signal the opening of the two-day event.
A Fue de Joie is a rifle salute fired by soldiers on a ceremonial occasion, each soldier firing in succession along the ranks to make a continuous sound. The feu de joie - literally, 'the firing of joy' - began with companies discharging their muskets one soldier at a time, going from right to left and back to front, hundreds of years ago.
In the morning, activities will get underway at the Recreation Park with presentation of the colors, an artillery demonstration, an 18th century fashion show, a tactical performance by the re-enactors, and entertainment by the River Valley Fife & Drum Corp.
There will be a reenactment in the Historic Village that will highlight the Redcoats march from Boston to Lexington and Concord in 1775 to highlight the reasons for the rebellion (By March 1776 the Brits had been forced out of Boston and sailed to Halifax in Canada.) They will pillage the buildings in the Historic Village, they will march down the trail to Concord at the Recreation Park with onlookers from the community berating them with verbal abuse and food, just as it happened in Massachusetts at the time.
There will be a parade and a big stage performance by Father Sons & Friends Celtic band, in the village center for those attending the Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Vicksburg on Saturday night, usually numbering in the thousands.
The event on Sunday will take place primarily in the village of Vicksburg’s Recreation Park’s 80 acres which borders Sunset Lake in the village. It has wide open fields and a tree lined beach area on Sunset Lake where the re-enactors can pursue the enemy as they hide in the woods or come out into the open fields. The regiments and the camp followers will pitch their tents and sleep on straw mattresses (for the most part). They enjoy having the public come and watch, visit, and learn much more about the American Revolution.
There will be performances by the music groups in the morning and afternoon. A fashion show is planned along with two artillery demonstrations. The highlight for the re-enactors will be a Seneca Run in the woods behind the camps. This will be open to the public to watch the skirmishing from bleacher seats provided by the school district.