Private Yankee Doodle Weekend

With the 4th CT Regiment

Photo Courtesy of John R. Hurst

The American Revolution comes to life at the gateway to Independence Week! Private Joseph Plumb Martin served at Fort Mifflin during the 1777 siege and later wrote about his experience in a memoir published under the title Private Yankee Doodle. Explore daily life in the garrison with the 4th CT Regiment and try your hand at some of the tasks of improving the Fort’s defenses including the construction of a scale model of a chevaux de frise, underwater obstacles that were a feat of 18th century military engineering! See original examples in the exhibit space and then observe construction under the direction of the 4th CT Regiment. The Regiment observes a routine similar to the military order of garrison life and prepares all their own meals with rations per General Washington’s orders. Their weapons drill will satisfy even Baron von Steuben! Learn the story of “The 32 pounder incident” and see if you can earn a reward.

Meet Joseph Plumb Martin himself (as interpreted by our own Mike Kalichak!) as he reflects on his adventures in his country’s service as he prepares to write his memoir, years after the war – times announced soon.

Guided tours, musket and camp life demonstrations.

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