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Battle of the Short Hills 240th anniversary reenactment

June 24 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until June 25, 2017

Return to June 26th 1777, when the farmland of today’s Union County became a battleground where American patriots went head to head with the British Empire. Holding off a two-pronged attack, the fledgling New Jersey Brigade fought a gallant retreat, keeping the advancing redcoats at bay while the rest of the Continental Army marched to the safety of the Watchung Mountains. Though substantially outnumbered, the Americans’ strategic move ensured the survival of the state as an American territory and forced the British to try a new approach to capturing Philadelphia.

During the two-day reenactment, Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25, see the story of the Battle of the Short Hills take place in part where it originally occurred! Talk with reenactors who bring 18th century military camp and battle life to the 21st century, representing both sides of the conflict. Find out how people from all walks of life became officers, foot soldiers and camp followers. More than 40 reenactor groups have committed to participate, with more joining every day.

On Saturday, June 24, you’re also invited to join the FreeWalkers as they walk the six mile battle trail from the Metuchen Train Station to Oak Ridge Park. More information is available on the walk website.

Schedule of events

Saturday, June 24th

10:00 AM Site Opens to Visitors/ Pass in Review & Battalion Drills

11:00 AM Laundry and follower life (Ongoing in camps)
How did an Army on the march live and survive? Join as us we explore the life of the soldier and follower in their camp. Who are the women who accompanied the Army wherever it went? How did the men keep clean? Visit the laundry and see just how important hygiene and cleanliness were to keeping the Army alive.

11:00 AM Musket Demonstration (Starts at the American Battery)
See how soldiers of the 3rd New Jersey Regiment were expert at all tactics on the field in 1777. Watch how a year’s worth of service in the Mohawk Valley formed this regiment into an elite fighting force.

11:30 AM Earthworks Construction (Starts at the American Battery)
The Crossroads of the American Revolution, as New Jersey was called, looked a whole lot different in 1777. See how expanses of farms and small cities were converted into fortified ground by the end of a shovel or pick.

12:00 PM Soldier’s Dinner (Starts at the Camp Kitchens in the British Camp)
Imagine an army of nearly 5,000 all needing food to stay in the field. Imagine if each of those same soldiers needed to cook their own food. The use of the camp kitchens in 18th century camps were imperative to army efficiency. See how mess cooks made their own victuals to get through each day.

12:00 PM Seeds of Freedom (Starts of the Head of the American Camp)
The young and young-at-heart are invited to enlist in the Continental Army. Learn step-by-step how the soldiers trained, what they ate, and where they stepped. By the end of the program you will be marching the exact steps these soldiers did.

1:00 PM Cavalry of the Armies (Starts at the Head of the British Camp)
New Jersey was nearly 75 percent farmland by the onset of the Revolution. See how the pastoral landscape played to the strength of mounted troops in North America. Examine how dragoons were the eyes and ears of the British Army.

2:00 PM Battle of Short Hills (Starts at the Visitor Crowd Line)
As Howe’s Army divides in two parts to take the Mountain pass, The New Jersey and Pennsylvania line, aided by batteries of artillery, hold the ground long enough to close the pass.

3:00 PM Close the Pass (At the Conclusion of the Battle)
With Howe’s army halted and the Watchung mountains secured, both armies retreat back to their respective camps to prepare to fight another day.

4:00 PM Site Closes to Visitors

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

10:00 AM Site Opens to Visitors

11:00 AM Cannon Demonstration (Starts at the American Battery)
Cannons were huge investments to any government or king, yet their presence on the battlefield secured continents. See how gunners used a well calculated system of math and science to lay hell down on the enemy.

12:00 PM Soldier’s Dinner (Starts at the Camp Kitchens in the British Camp)
Imagine an army of nearly 5,000 all needing food to stay in the field. Imagine those same soldiers needed to cook their own. The use of the camp kitchens in 18th century camps were imperative to army efficiency. See how mess cooks made their own victuals to get through each day.

12:00 PM Seeds of Freedom (Starts of the Head of the American Camp)
The young and young at heart are invited to enlist in the Continental Army. Learn step by step how the soldiers trained, what they ate, and where they stepped. By the end of the program you will be marching the exact steps these soldier’s did.

1:00 PM People of the Armies (Starts at the head of the British Camp)
From gentleman volunteer to indentured servant, see how different people all came together in the formation of the armies. Explore how military uniforms influenced style in the 18th century to today.

2:00 PM General Action
The British return to South Amboy and Staten Island with Washington’s men hot on their tails. Can they make it back to safety or will the Americans exact a severe revenge?

3:00 PM Howe’s Retreat to Amboy
General Howe’s Army arrives in Amboy. If they cannot drive across by land, how will he take Philadelphia?

4:00 PM Site Closes to Visitors

 

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Details

Date:
June 24
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Website:
http://www.bosh2017.com/

Venue

Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Road
Clark, NJ 07066 United States
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