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Rabble in Arms

Rabble in Arms

Reenactors aboard Philadelphia II



1812 Reenactment

August 15-16, 2015

Benedict Arnold's Gunboat Comes Alive!
Join the crew of Philadelphia II as we return to the roots of our Rabble in Arms Reenactment, exploring life aboard a gunboat of the American Revolution and learning about her and her crew's place in the pivotal Battle of Valcour Island of 1776.

Saturday August 15, 2015

11am Book Talk & Signing with Patricia Hubert, award-winning author of Major Philip M. Ulmer, Hero of the American Revolution

1pm Tactical On-Water Reenactment
Crew from replica gunboat Philadelphia II and volunteer reenactors depict a Fascine Shore Party Ambush, informed by contemporary papers from Brigadier General Benedict Arnold to Major General Horatio Gates, Wind Mill Point, Sept. 7, 1776:

“… early yesterday morning the Boats were ordered on Shore to Cut Fascines to fix on the Bows and Sides of the Gondolas to prevent the Enemies boarding and to keep off small Shot. One of the Boats when on Shore contrary to Orders before the others were ready, they were attacked by a party of Savages, who pursued them into the Water. They all reached the Boat, but before they could row off, three were killed, and Six wounded. The Party was headed by a Regular Officer, who called to our People to resign themselves, on our firing a few Shot among them immediately dispersed. A party was sent on Shore who found a laced Beaver hat, the Button marked 47th Regiment. “

3pm Talk: Flip & Bounce: Colonial Drinks and Beverages with Dean Barnes
18th Century Punch Bowl"Conquerors, who tossed about the flowing bowl," is how Ethan Allen understatedly describes his Green Mountain Boys' celebration of the newly captured 1775 Fort Ticonderoga, in which they consumed ninety gallons of storehouse rum in two days. Early America had a great thirst for alcoholic beverages at home, in the tavern or at war.  While an army may ‘travel on its stomach,’ back in the 18th century they floated on their livers too. Join independent researcher Dean Barnes for a talk on colonial drinks and beverage culture.  Learn about Flip, Bounce, Shrub, Bumpo and other forefathers of the Hot Toddy and Margarita.  Dean Barnes is a long-time LCMM supporter and volunteer, and lectures on libations, maritime work songs, and Early American nautical topics.

4pm Reception: Celebrate the arrival of the painting The Great Bridge From Mt. Independence To Fort Ticonderoga by Ernie Haas, on loan from the Mt. Independence Coalition, newly arrived in LCMM’s exhibit Key to Liberty. Light refreshments and samples of 18th Century-style punches described by Dean Barnes, thanks to sponsor Appalachian Gap Distillery. Reception Tickets: Non-Members $10, Members $5.

 

 

Sunday August 16, 2015

11am Talk: A New Future for Schooner Royal Savage with LCMM Director Emeritus Art Cohn.
On July 1, 2015, hull timbers and artifacts from the Revolutionary War schooner Royal Savage were voluntarily returned by the City of Harrisburg, PA to the U S Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command.  Royal Savage was Benedict Arnold’s flagship during the October 11, 1776 Battle of Valcour Island, where she ran aground, was set ablaze by the British, and sank. The hull remains and artifact assemblage remained at the site until 1934 when Colonel Lorenzo Hagglund salvaged them. For many decades they were unavailable for study and at risk of deterioration and loss. This recent positive outcome marks a new chapter in the story of one of Lake Champlain’s most historic shipwrecks. Join historian, diver and archaeologist Arthur Cohn to hear this remarkable case study of national history and shipwreck management. 

1pm Tactical On-Water Reenactment
Crew from replica gunboat Philadelphia II and volunteer reenactors depict a Fascine Shore Party Ambush, informed by contemporary papers from Brigadier General Benedict Arnold to Major General Horatio Gates, Wind Mill Point, Sept. 7, 1776:

“… early yesterday morning the Boats were ordered on Shore to Cut Fascines to fix on the Bows and Sides of the Gondolas to prevent the Enemies boarding and to keep off small Shot. One of the Boats when on Shore contrary to Orders before the others were ready, they were attacked by a party of Savages, who pursued them into the Water. They all reached the Boat, but before they could row off, three were killed, and Six wounded. The Party was headed by a Regular Officer, who called to our People to resign themselves, on our firing a few Shot among them immediately dispersed. A party was sent on Shore who found a laced Beaver hat, the Button marked 47th Regiment. “

3pm Book Talk & Signing with Patricia Hubert, award-winning author of Major Philip M. Ulmer, Hero of the American Revolution

 

Ongoing Saturday (10am - 5pm) & Sunday (10am - 4pm)

Tactical demonstrations each day. Learn about military and camp life, open fire cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Demonstrations and exhibits will be held on the Museum grounds and waterfront Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4 and are included with daily Museum admission or annual museum membership.

 

 

More About Rabble in Arms

This event at LCMM takes its name from the historical novel Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Roberts. Roberts’ story focuses on the lives of the people caught up in the bitter northern battles of the American Revolution, and vividly illuminates the experience of Benedict Arnold’s fleet confronting the British Royal Navy on Lake Champlain.

The Rabble in Arms Weekend at LCMM is an opportunity for the public to share the ongoing experimental archaeological research that began with the construction and sea trials of the replica gunboat Philadelphia II. A full crew of 44 re-enactors works aboard the Philadelphia II to learn more about the eighteenth-century style vessel and life on board, and recreates a dramatic scenario based on original journals and letters of people who were with the fleet on Lake Champlain in 1776.

Over the years, we have found that taking part in such reenactments of historical events stimulates reflection on conflict and cooperation, encourages connects, and inspires discussion of our own lives and values. We invite you to join us.

 

 

 

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Reenactors:

Reenactors interested in attending, please contact Kris Jarrett, krisj@lcmm.org.