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Date(s) - 03/02/2019 - 03/03/2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Campus Martius Museum

Cost: Regular Museum Admission

The Brigade of the American Revolution is a non-profit living history association dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence, 1775-1783. Members represent elements of all the armies then involved: Continental, Militia, British, Loyalist, German, French, Spanish and Native American forces plus civilian men, women and children. Since 1962, the Brigade has been recreating a broad spectrum of the 18th Century. Its activities include military encampments, tactical exercises, firelock shooting competitions, craft demonstrations and social activities. The Brigade also conducts annual schools and educational seminars featuring experts from several fields of 18th Century study.

For questions contact Bill Reynolds at 740-373-3750.

Presentations Saturday, March 2:

The Settlement of Marietta by Bill Reynolds. Bill will present his research with famed author David McCullough on the settlement of Marietta for the new book being written by Mr. David McCullough.

The History of Gambling in the 18th Century by Tom Morris. Tom will present the history of gambling and games as they were played in the American Colonies during the American revolution.

The Role of the Department of the Geographer in Washington’s Army by Tony Holbrook. Tony will be speaking about the role of the Department of the Geographer in the American Army supplying General Washington and his Staff with terrestrial intelligence. Definitive small scale maps were key elements in the decisive planning of military tactics as both sides were looking for an advantage. We will look at the methods and equipment that were used during the Revolutionary War along with the men and their lives.

God of Liberty Diane Miller. Diane will show the role played by religion in creating a mindset of change, of rebellion, of freedom in connection with the colonial attitudes regarding taxation and dissatisfaction with English rule. The Great Awakening of the 1730s and subsequent rise of non-Anglican churches helped to lay the groundwork for a growing spirit of independence, not only in local taverns and legislatures, but also in the pews of colonial America. She will rely heavily on a book by Thomas S. Kidd entitled God of Liberty for more on this topic.

18th Century Tin ware by Rob Gorrel. Rob will describe construction methods and materials used to manufacture tin ware in the 18th century. This will help all of us in recognizing true period reproductions to be used in our impressions.

Presentations Sunday, March 3:

Behind the Scenes of the Campus Martius Museum by Bill Reynolds. Bill is the long time curator of the museum and will conduct a tour showing special artifacts with ties to the American Revolution.

Biographies of the presenters:

Bill Reynolds has held many positions at the site of this year’s school Ohio Historical Connection Site, Campus Martius in Marietta. Currently he is the Historian at the museum. Bill is a talented contemporary craftsman known especially for his fine flintlock firearms. He is also a talented blacksmith. Bill is a long time member Crockett’s Battalion of the North West Department

Tom Morris has been active in the living history hobby for over 25 years. Tom is a talented craftsman who made most of the items he uses in his portrayal of an American Rifleman in the re-created 8 Pennsylvania Regiment, Fort Laurens Detachment. Tom has studied many aspects of the 18th Century Material Culture. His presentation at the NWD School will focus on games and gambling in the 18th Century.

Tony Holbrook resides with his wife Kate in Tarlton, Ohio. He is a reenactor of 32 years. He has portrayed various personas during those years including Rogers Rangers during the French and Indian War, sailed on the H.M.S. Rose from Halifax to Fortress Louisburg Nova Scotia, Captain in the Ohio County Militia, “Titus Canby” the once famous rat catcher, a Private in the militia and artillery of General Wayne`s First American Army also portraying “Mad” Anthony Wayne during the General`s birthday celebration in Greenville Ohio (1995), during the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark he traveled from Elizabeth Pa. to the Pacific Ocean and back to St. Louis in replica boats and dugout canoes, a Private in the 8th Pa. as a rifleman, and his most recent persona for the last 12 years has been in the Department of the Geographer and holds the rank of Commander.

Dianne Miller has been an active member of the 5th Virginia Regiment since 1977. She has organized women’s workshops for Brigade members and maintained contact with ladies of the Northwest Department with e-mails about upcoming events. A history major in college, she never dreamed that 50 years after graduation she’d still be teaching at events and sharing her love of Revolutionary America.

Rob Gorrel is a talented tinsmith and cooper. He lives in Marietta. Rob is a past unit commander of Crockett’s Battalion of the North West Department.