Rabble in Arms
August 6-7, 2016
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.
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.
Reenactors interested in attending, please contact Kris Jarrett, firstname.lastname@example.org.