Aug 27, 2008


The Battle of Monmouth was huge. There were about two thousand reenactors in attendance. We had several members participating but no cadets this time.

Sgt Minus and Corporal Brooks did living history for the Cub Scouts at Pine Hill Scout Reservation.

The regiment sponsored two youths this year for the Old Barracks Summer Day Camp. The plan was also to send cadets to musician's camp to learn fife and drum. We sent three last year, however not enough youth signed up to hold the camp this year. A sign of the times.

The campers demonstrated the drills, displayed items they crafted, and sang songs that they learned before parents and friends at the end of camp ceremonies, and received various awards.

It was very gratifying to see Darrien, one of our cadets, serving as voluntary camp staff. We sponsored him a couple of summers ago for the musician's camp and now he is a corporal in the Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks.

The First Rhode Island went to Valley Forge National Historic Park to film a documentary, "We Were Here", a documentary about black patriots who were at Valley Forge. Each member did an interpreted a soldier documented to have been there historically. The filmers also documented their reasons for doing living history, and their views about being a black soldier during the American Revolution.

Pictures were taken at to the monuments to African-American Soldiers and the Rhode Island Regiments, and visited the encampments and fortification built by the historic regiments.

Valley Forge Photos by

1st Rhode Island Regiment participated troops and cadets participated in the Battle of Brandywine Reenactment.

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