4th Middlesex/85eme Regiment Saintonge

4th Middlesex/85eme Regiment Saintonge Learn more about Saintonge and 4th Middlesex by going to http://www.saintonge.org
In 1781, the 85ème Régiment de Saintonge and four other regiments of the French army marched south from Newport, Rhode Island to Virginia where they would join the American forces under General Washington and make the critical contribution to the final defeat of the British Crown forces at Yorktown. Today, we maintain the élan and esprit de corps that characterized these crack troops. Our faithfulness to that spirit has made the recreated Régiment de Saintonge widely known and respected both on and off the field. In addition to the 85ème Régiment de Saintonge, we also portray the 4th Regiment of Militia (Middlesex County, Massachusetts), part of the colonial forces that contributed to the defense of the colonies as a complement to the regular army.
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03/31/2020
Minute of Calm - The Muster Field, Concord MA

Minute of Calm - The Muster Field, Concord MA

Feeling stressed? Perhaps you need a Minute Man National Historical Park "Minute of Calm." (See what we did there?) Take a few moments, sit quietly and enjoy...

03/30/2020
Northeast Museum Services Center

Northeast Museum Services Center

It's #MuseumMadnessMonday!

It's EXTRA mad today, because we have TWO match ups, so make sure you vote on each. This match up is between Minute Man National Historical Park and Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. Who will be in the final tomorrow!?

USS Constitution Museum
03/30/2020

USS Constitution Museum

In the early days of the United States Navy, recruiting was a somewhat informal affair. Navy officers opened houses in shore-side communities to advertise for recruits. While the Museum is closed, learn more about “U.S. Naval Recruiting during the War of 1812,” one of the publications available on our website. bit.ly/33zKXU4
Image: ©Stephen Biesty

Les Chasseurs de Rochambeau
03/18/2020

Les Chasseurs de Rochambeau

Soldat du Régiment de Saintonge au règlement de 1779.

03/17/2020

Happy Saint Patrick's Day:
Oh bad, the march, the weary march, beneath these alien skies
But good, the night, the friendly night, that soothes our tired eyes
And bad, the war, the tedious war, that keeps us sweltering here
But good, the hour, the friendly hour, that brings the battle near
That brings us on the battle, that summons to their share
The homeless troops, the banished men, the exiled sons of Clare

Oh little Corca Bascinn, the wild, the bleak, the fair
Oh little stony pastures, with flowers sweet, if rare
Oh rough, the rude Atlantic, the thunderous, the wide
Whose kiss is like a soldier's kiss that cannot be denied
The whole night long we dream of you, and waking think we're there
Vain dream and foolish waking, we never shall see Clare

The wind is wild tonight, there's battle in the air
The wind is from the west, and it seems to blow from Clare
Have you nothing, nothing for us, loud brawler of the night
No news to warm our heart strings, to speed us through the fight
In this hollow, star-pricked darkness, as in the sun's hot glare
In sun-tide, in star-tide, we thirst, we starve for Clare

Hark! Yonder through the darkness, one distant rat-a-tat
The old foe stirs out there, God bless his soul for that
The old foe musters strongly, he's coming on at last
And Clare's Brigade may claim its own whenever blows fall fast
Send us, ye western breezes, our full and rightful share
For faith, and fame, and honour, and the ruined hearths of Clare!

-Emily Lawless, 'Fontenoy, 1745 - The Night Before The Battle'

03/10/2020
Irish Swordsmanship: Fencing and Dueling in Eighteenth Century Ireland

Great conversation about Fencing from a true master of Historical Martial Arts

In this new 35 minute interview, I sat down with Maestro Ramon Martinez to ask him questions about fencing and fencing history, which had recently been posed by Facebook members from all over the world. This discussion covers a wide range of topics, including: proper training, the use of the foil and the 18th century small-sword, the Spanish School of Fencing (La Verdadera Destreza), the survival of the rapier during the 18th and 19th centuries, fencing treatises, antiques & museum pieces, the development of protective gear and training equipment, East versus West, historical and classical fencing, and much more.

03/08/2020
Revolution250

Revolution250

#BostonMassacre250 #Revolution250 #RevolutionarySpaces #America250

The Breed's Hill Institute
03/05/2020

The Breed's Hill Institute

March 3 (alt 2nd & 4th) 1776 The first Amphibious Landing by a force of the American Continental Marines (couldn’t be called the United States until after the 2nd of July) at the Battle of Nassau. The Navy and the newly formed Continental Marines attacked the forts at the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. This raid had hoped to recover the arms and gunpowder taken by Virginia’s Royal Governor Lord Dunmore from the provincial stores in Williamsburg. (Department of the Navy reports this battle as the 3rd)

#Amazon
03/03/2020
America's First Ally: France in the Revolutionary War

#Amazon

This is a comprehensive look at how France influenced the American Revolutionary War in a variety of ways; intellectually, financially, and militarily. It raises the crucial question of whether America could have won its independence without the aid of France. The book begins with an overview of ...

Minute Man National Historical Park
02/14/2020

Minute Man National Historical Park

Museum of the American Revolution
02/14/2020

Museum of the American Revolution

"I mus-ket to you" Valentine's Day card

Who Fought in the Revolutionary War?
02/08/2020
Who Fought in the Revolutionary War?

Who Fought in the Revolutionary War?

Many countries besides Great Britain and the United States took part in the Revolutionary War during the American Revolution. Some served as belligerents (a nation or person lawfully engaged in war)

The Breed's Hill Institute
02/06/2020

The Breed's Hill Institute

February 6, 1778
The French and American Alliance was signed. Vive la liberté.

The Breed's Hill Institute
02/04/2020

The Breed's Hill Institute

February 4, 1783
George III issued the Cornwall Proclamation of Cessation of Hostilities (which would lead to the Paris Peace Treaty), ending the American Revolution.

February 4, 1789 & 1792
George Washington was unanimously elected by The Electoral College as President of The United States.

Minute Man National Historical Park
01/30/2020

Minute Man National Historical Park

Ring ring! 🔔

Minute Man NHP curatorial staff are conducting an inventory of the park’s archeological collections and re-discovered this bell that was excavated at the Captain William Smith home. Though bells are not totally uncommon to find, it’s rare that they still ring! Want to hear it? The video is in the comments below!

01/21/2020

From our friend Robert A Selig
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while at the Society of the Cincinnati I took a look at some of their recent acquisitions. One of them is a company roster of the company of the vicomte de Bonne in the Tourraine regiment. It contains short biographies of every man who served in the company on 1 August 1788. 29 of the 115 NCOs and enlisted men served in the American War, and since the regiment was at Yorktown, by implication also at Yorktown.One of them is quite young.
Joseph Drapier, identified as "enfant", i.e. as a child, was born in 1773 and was admitted as a soldier "a la Solde" on 1 January 1775. "Fait la guerre d'Amerique". Since he is not yet 16 on 1 August 1788, he must have turned 8 right around the time he was at Yorktown, with almost 7 years of service already.
The other interesting find concerned Pierre Francois Mathieu, also identified as enfant du corps but no birtdate. Admitted a la solde 1 September 1784. What is interesting here is the note that his father had served in the regiment for 30 years and his grandfather for 25, and therefore he "can be regarded as an enfant du Corps a Soigner", in other words, a child that needs to be taken care of. No other soldier by the name of Mathieu is listed in the booklet. Two questions: any examples from the British army that two, or three generations of enlisted men served in the same regiment and/or that units took care of the children of former soldiers?
There are other interesting little tidbits in that booklet but that's enough for today. Gotta do some paying work ...
Bob

01/21/2020
The 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Capt. Bloomfield's Company "Jersey Grays"

The 3rd New Jersey Regiment, Capt. Bloomfield's Company "Jersey Grays"

Here are the boys practicing some independent fire from the redoubt about 5pm. 1° weather and snow doesn't keep the men from training and getting their firing right. Misfires were common and not all battles were fought in sunshine. Interested in getting involved? Join today!

The Breed's Hill Institute
01/14/2020

The Breed's Hill Institute

January 16 1776:
Continental Congress approved Washington's order to enlist free black men into the army.

Military Salute in the American Revolutionary War
01/10/2020
Military Salute in the American Revolutionary War

Military Salute in the American Revolutionary War

We’ve seen images of Continental Soldiers of the American Revolution snap to attention with their right hand, palms down, smartly pressed to the forehead or hat’s brim. And Roman legion…

01/07/2020
Military Marches of the French Royal Army (1652–1830)

Military Marches of the French Royal Army (1652–1830)

Long awaited, i know. 1. Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs (00:05) 2. La Marche Des Combattant (02:48) 3. French Fife and Drum medley (05:23) 4. Marche Roya...

Museum of the American Revolution
01/02/2020

Museum of the American Revolution

On this day in 1777, the Second Battle of Trenton, also known as the Battle of the Assunpink Creek was fought. The victory for General George Washington and the Continental Army over Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis was part of the 10 Crucial Days that turned the tides of the war.

Abraham Wheelwright was a member of General Washington's Army who crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776. Wheelwright, who had joined the infantry in 1776 and helped fortify Dorchester Heights, fought at Trenton and later at Princeton before wintering at Morristown. Wheelwright, who was born in 1757, lived into the age of photography and died in 1850.

Discover the stories and photographs of veterans of the American Revolution, including Abraham Wheelwright, on our Veterans Wall during you next visit: bit.ly/2pliD7Q

12/24/2019

Joyeux Noël

Joseph Plumb Martin
11/23/2019
Joseph Plumb Martin

Joseph Plumb Martin

At age 70, Joseph Plumb Martin wrote "A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, Interspersed with Anecdotes of Incidents that Occurred Within His Own Observations," one of the only accounts of the Revolutionary War told by one of the common soldiers w...

11/21/2019
The Swords of George Washington

The Swords of George Washington

Author, Erik Goldstein discusses his new book "The Swords ofGeorge Washington." This interview is 1 of 4 by Erik Goldstein discussing his book "The Swords of...

He Tells the Stories of Black Soldiers Erased by History - Re-enact: Lifestyle, History, War Stories, and Events for Re-...
11/12/2019
He Tells the Stories of Black Soldiers Erased by History - Re-enact: Lifestyle, History, War Stories, and Events for Re-enactment Enthusiasts

He Tells the Stories of Black Soldiers Erased by History - Re-enact: Lifestyle, History, War Stories, and Events for Re-enactment Enthusiasts

Living historian Joe Becton created a tour company to educate visitors to Philadelphia on the roles of Africans during the Revolutionary War outside of slavery. Thanks to his power as a storyteller and a growing interest in history through a black lens, most days, he’s booked.

Fort Devens
11/11/2019

Fort Devens

Today, we honor Veterans who have served and are serving to protect the freedoms we enjoy #VeteransDay2019

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America - The American Revolution Institute
10/29/2019
Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America - The American Revolution Institute

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America - The American Revolution Institute

The American Revolution marked the beginning of an age of democratic revolutions that swept over France and challenged the old order throughout the Atlantic world. The French officers who served in the American War of Independence, whether as idealistic volunteers or resolute soldiers of their king,...

10/29/2019

Did you take a picture of the 4th Middlesex/85eme Regiment Saintonge at an event this year? Would you be willing to share it with us?

French Wargames- Le Camp de Vaussieux 1778
10/21/2019
French Wargames- Le Camp de Vaussieux 1778

French Wargames- Le Camp de Vaussieux 1778

Historians have long debated, proved, or debunked connections between the revolutions of the United States and of France. The societies whic...

W3R (Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route)
10/14/2019

W3R (Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route)

Sat. November 16, 2019 7:30PM - 9:30PM
American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware.
Hale Byrnes House. 606 Old Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713-2109. The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend.
"Our Greatest Allies: How the Revolutionary War
Changed American Opinions of the French"
Speaker: Norman Desmarais
Well-behaved children always welcomed
$5 at the door includes coffee & dessert

See also:https://allthingsliberty.com/author/norman-desmarais/

5th Connecticut Regiment
10/12/2019

5th Connecticut Regiment

As there are few flags that survive from the American Revolution and none from the original Fifth, our current flag’s design is based on information from a number of sources. The result is, I believe, an accurate representation of an early war regimental standard. The following information should help in discussing the design with the public.
COLOR
In "Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Revolution," compiled by the State Adj. General, Hartford, p.93. the colors of the "Regimental Standards" are given as follows: 1st Regt, yellow; 2d, blue; 3d, scarlet; 4th, crimson; 5th, white; 6th, azure; 7th, blue; 8th orange.
STATE SEAL
The “Colony arms, with the motto ‘qui transtulit sustinet’ round it in gold” was placed on the standards and drums carried by Connecticut troops who marched to Boston in 1775. The surviving standard of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Regiment has the state arms and motto on one side and the unit designation on the other. The motto (Who Transporteth Sustaineth) refers to the Biblical transplantation of the vines from Egypt. This is because the Puritans equated their migrations to the wanderings of the Israelites. Most issues of state paper currency starting with the 1709 carried the grapevine and the motto seal with three vines, each holding three clusters of grapes. It is believed that the three vines the original settlements of Hartford, Windsor and Wethersfield.
VICTORY WREATH
The divisional colors of Webb’s Additional Continental Regiment are adorned with a painted victory wreath, sword and the numeral ‘1”.
“LIBERTY”
General Charles Lee, in 1775, urged that Army flags bear the motto “Liberty.”
Adjutant General Major Baurmeister of the Hessian forces reported that “. . .We came into possession of eleven enemy flags with the motto ‘Liberty. . .” at the battle of Long Island fought August 26, 1776.
CONSTRUCTION
The flag is made of silk fabric hand painted with oil based paint.

Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown Battlefield
10/11/2019

Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown Battlefield

October 11, 1781 - Allies begin to dig the Second Parallel.

Hubbard on Black Soldiers at Bennington, 9 Oct.
10/09/2019
Hubbard on Black Soldiers at Bennington, 9 Oct.

Hubbard on Black Soldiers at Bennington, 9 Oct.

Also at the Massachusetts Historical Society, tonight’s public lecture is “The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington” by Phil Holla...

10/04/2019

Great day working with the kids camp is going up

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If you are interested in joining us, we are always interested in people who share our enthusiasm and interest in history, as well as high standards of authenticity and safety. Because we are a family-oriented group, we welcome the involvement of children as well as their parents, and our children are actively involved in the life of the regiment. To assist you in learning more about our activities, you can go to our webpage, www.saintonge.org, for additional resources and related links and to look at our scheduled events. If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at [email protected]

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My husband and I did reenacting between 2000 and 2009 (when he passed away) – mostly French & Indian War period. Our equipment and clothing is now for sale. I have created a page where you can see pictures. Colonial Reenacting Equipment Please send me a message if you are interested. Please forward to anyone who might be interested. Thank you!
These reenactments make history come alive. I still believe in my country although the view is dismal now. I wish Florida and other states would teach the citizens their histories. Massachusetts does it very well.
Dear Saintonge Reg't; I have a request from a high-profile friend in France for a photo of a Saintonge member in full officer uniform. Sent a message to your website "info" email last week. Hoping you can check that and get back to me, or PM me from here - Thanks
New officer's table.
Hi there. I met some of your members at the AGM in Philadelphia in January and discussed your regiment attending Loyalist Days in Prescott, Ontario in August. I notice you have it on your schedule, have you registered? It would be wonderful if you could attend. Here is the website with all the information pertinent to the event.