Saturday, April 26, 2014

Continental Army Encampment at Yorktown Victory Center

MQTlogoa Continental Army Encampment at Yorktown Victory Center

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“The life of a Revolutionary War soldier is vividly portrayed in a re-created Continental Army encampment. Historical interpreters describe and depict daily routines of American soldiers during the last year of the war, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies.” READ MORE 
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Linda and Sara getting their orders from George Washington himself.

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“SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.” “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine

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“When Washington assumed command, the Continental Army truly was not even an army. Rather, it was a loosely and poorly coordinated band of militias and citizen-soldiers under control of the individual states.” READ MORE 

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Time to ‘RALLY” the troops and “fire” the cannon.

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F.Y.I.::: As many as 150,000 men fought as part of the Continental Army over the course of the Revolutionary War. However, there were never nearly that many serving at the same time. The largest the army was at one time was around 17,000 soldiers.

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Medicine and Disease: During the Revolutionary War more soldiers died from disease than from combat. Soldiers had a poor diet, worn out clothes, damp shelters, and lived in unsanitary conditions. Diseases such as smallpox and typhus killed thousands of soldiers.

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OK::::::: ONE BAD JOKE::::::::::

What is the difference between George Washington, Richard Nixon, and your mother-in-law?
Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth and your mother-in-law doesn't know the difference.

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The above photo is from the Yorktown Battlefield.

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How old were the soldiers? The soldiers were of all ages from young boys to old men. The majority of the soldiers, however, were ages 18-24.

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This is how the cooking was done::: How do you like that oven/cook stove…  The diet of a Continental soldier during the winter of 1776 was made up of allotted rations that consisted mainly of salt meats like beef and pork, along with bread or biscuits. Check out the Victory Center on Pinterest

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An upcoming post we will do a walkabout a The 1780s Virginia farm ..

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At the re-created site, which includes a dwelling, separate kitchen, tobacco barn, crop field and fenced garden, historical interpreters demonstrate the seasonal cycle of work that characterized lower- to middle-class farm life in southeastern Virginia.”

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4 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

Another great historical post for OWT and lovely shots ~ Happy Week to you ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is very interesting! It looks like fun, too.

eileeninmd said...

Great post. It is amazing how well they can re-create the look. Thanks for sharing your visit.. Enjoy your week!

Sylvia K said...

A great look back at our history, Joe!! Terrific captures as always!! Thank you for sharing!! What a great trip indeed!!