Go back in history with Glover’s Regiment Saturday

Glover’s Marblehead Regiment is setting up its annual colonial encampment at Fort Sewall on Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and invites the public to visit, ask questions, enjoy refreshments and even shop.

GMR is a historical reenacting group honoring the original 14th Continental Regiment led by Marblehead’s Col. John Glover during the American War of Independence.

Here’s what’s on tap Saturday:

See the fort: Fort Sewall will be transformed into a busy military camp, bustling with soldiers and sailors as well as civilian townspeople and camp followers. Visitors can explore newly restored fort structures and learn about the role of the fort in times of conflict.

Meet the people: Visitors can also speak with men and women of the 18th century and learn about the history of Glover’s Marblehead Regiment. Hear how they saved the Revolution, not once but three times, culminating in their role in Washington’s crossing of the Delaware.

Immerse yourself in history: Tour the regiment’s military camp and see 18th-century trade demonstrations, including musket ball making, marlinspike work, medicine, candle-making, laundry, food preparation and militia musket drills.

Visitors will hear music, including fife-and-drum concerts throughout the day, and can enjoy colonial snacks, shop for 18th-century wares and buy modern regimental swag.

Children will have the opportunity to sign up with the regiment and then drill and march alongside regiment members.

One of the favorite events is when British soldiers and sailors try to come ashore and skirmishes break out between Crown forces and Glover’s militia.

Late in the afternoon, visitors can also watch a musket-firing contest, and join with the regiment’s soldier sailors as they sing sea chanteys.

Here is the complete schedule:

10 a.m: Cannon salute. Camp opens to public with tours and craft stands.

10:15 a.m.: Children’s drill

10:30 a.m.: March through town with music & rendering honors at General Glover’s home. 

10:45 a.m.: Cannon/musket salute to signal impending landing by HM Forces at Seaside Park.  Call to assembly. Troops depart for Seaside Park.

11 a.m.: Cannon salute

11:30 a.m.: Tactical at Seaside Park with HM forces

12 p.m.: Cannon salute

1 p.m.: Cannon salute. Camp and craft stands close to public.

2 p.m.: Cannon salute. Camp re-opens. Children’s drill

2:30 p.m.: Last Man Standing contest

3 p.m.: Cannon salute, call to assembly. Redcoats reported on Gas House Beach.

3:30 p.m.: Battle on Gas House Beach

4 p.m.: Cannon salute

5 p.m.: Cannon salute to close camp followed by sea chanties. 

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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

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