Sampling soldier life, Revolutionary-style, at Jockey Hollow

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By Jeff Sovelove

Saturday’s soggy weather couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of everyone who turned out for the Revolutionary Weekend at the Morristown National Historical Park for a glimpse of what life was like for the soldiers.

William from Hampton, NJ, shows of his fighting skills at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
William from Hampton, NJ, shows of his fighting skills at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The re-enactors at Jockey Hollow in Harding Township had a typical camp set up with all the comforts of home — or at least most of them.

Visitors were treated to demonstrations of everyday camp life including tents, camp cooking, laundry, and doing the dishes.

Re-enactors came from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to show how the Continental Army lived and fought.

They demonstrated the finer points of bayonet charges, musketry and cannon firing.

DUCK! Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
DUCK! Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Colorful uniforms denoted the soldiers’ specialties. Artillerymen and officers wore dark blue coats, light infantry wore tan coats.

Early in the war, soldiers wore what was available to them, until uniforms were issued by the Continental Congress. Hip hip huzzah!

 

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove

BOOM! Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A bayonet charge at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
DUCK! Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Co-ed Colonial at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Cannoneers with their field piece, at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Samantha Vogeley, President of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, boils water for laundry at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Camp lunch at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The 3 pound artillery piece, so named because it shoots a 3 lb projectile. It's made of bronze. At Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Young recruit at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kids drill at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Camden Vogeley, 4, enjoys helping at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Preparing to charge at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Firing drill at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Looking sharp at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD, at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Camp chores at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Camp work is never done, at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Keeping their powder try in the rain, at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Artillerymen demonstrate their signals at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
William from Hampton, NJ, shows of his fighting skills at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
LOOK OUT, REDCOATS! Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
FIRE! Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Matthew from Summit examines the reproduction Brown Bess held by Dave Study of Harrisburg, PA at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Massed volley fire, firing by rank, at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Eric Olson, Park Historian and safety officer inspects the weapons at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Troops at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Drummer boys at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Inspecting the troops at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Inspecting the troops at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A re-enactor lighting his clay pipe by the fire at Revolutionary
Formation at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Henry, 7, and Naomi, 5, from Millburn warm up by the fire, at Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jeff Felicetti from Chicago and Hunter Eckelman build a fire. Hunter says the best thing about campfires is the s'mores,mat Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Tierny, 9, of New York preparing to begin making a stew for lunch and toasting breadat Revolutionary Weekend, April 22, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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