Largest Revolutionary War Battle at Old Sturbridge Village, August 6-7
July 14, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsJuly 14, 2016 - STURBRIDGE, Massachusetts —— More than 1,000 historic military re-enactors and 10,000 spectators will converge on Old Sturbridge Village August 6 and 7 for the Village's 13th annual Redcoats and Rebels——the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in New England.
Weekend highlights include mock battles and skirmishes between the Colonial and British troops and their allies. Soldiers on horseback return this year, and mounted troops from the Second Regiment Light Dragoons will demonstrate cavalry sword work and drill maneuvers. Visitors can also witness cannon and musket demonstrations, visit the field hospital, enjoy fife and drum music, and experience daily life for soldiers in battle and encampment.
Throughout the weekend, Old Sturbridge Village is filled with non-stop activity—teeming with more than 1,000 re-enactors in historic costumes and uniforms, making Redcoats and Rebels a favorite among visitors and history-buffs alike. And visitors will see a lot more than just marching and drilling—in camp, re-enactors will demonstrate historic methods of cooking and baking, as well as making soap, candles, brooms, musket balls, buttons, bowls, and more.
Redcoats and Rebels is presented by Dexter-Russell of Southbridge, Mass. "We are thrilled to continue partnering with the Village by sponsoring Redcoats and Rebels this year," noted Dexter-Russell CEO Alan Peppel, "It is our pleasure to be part of one of the biggest events of the year and support a cultural anchor in our region."
Admission tickets are valid for a free second day admission (when used within 10 days), and Old Sturbridge Village offers free parking and extended evening hours on Saturday, August 6, when the Village stays open until 8:00 p.m. for the popular "Twilight Encampment," a chance for guests to mingle with and talk to the soldiers around their campfires. For details, visit www.osv.org.
During the "War for Independence," both the British and American patriots received significant aid and assistance from other nations. Several of the units participating in Redcoats and Rebels will portray Scottish, German and French soldiers. The British, Hessians and American Loyalists pitch their tents on one side, while the Continental [or Patriot, if you prefer] troops, American militia, and their French allies are billeted on the opposite side. For visitors, a walk through the Village becomes a walk through Revolutionary War history as they can talk one-on-one with the re-enactors and learn about each military unit's role in the conflict.