Roles and Lifestyle of an 18th Century Continental Soldier
Presented by Bud Henkels and Les Ford - Please see below.
Roles and Lifestyle of an 18th Century
Presented by Bud Henkels and Les Ford
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Bethlehem Pike & East Mill Road in Flourtown, PA
The 11th Pennsylvania Regiment, under General Anthony Wayne, spent the winter of 1776-77 in Valley Forge, where one assignment was to find boats on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River in which to travel to the other side. Once there, they walked 16 miles to Trenton.
The regiment went on to fight, among other battles, in the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777, where it helped the assault on the center of the British position. It had no opportunity to fight in a skirmish in Whitemarsh in December 1777, but it was present, holding a portion of the first line of center.
Half the regiment were militiamen, who wore olive great coats, and half were soldiers, who were like full-time soldiers. The militiamen, who occasionally outnumbered the soldiers, used French weapons from the French and Indian War. They used muskets that were sometimes 25 or 30 years old.
Bud Henkels and Les Ford, members of a reenactors' group of the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment for 10 years,will present a program on the lifestyles and roles of Continental soldiers and militia.
Henkels, who serves as militiaman in the reenactors' group, will show clothing such as overcoats and waistcoats, discuss expressions such as "flash in the pan" which come from that period and show his fowler, a 50 caliber rifle similar to a musket. He will bring things for the audience to pass around, such as cookware and haversacks in addition to hatchets made by his son Chris, a blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg,Virginia and a restorer of ironwork at historic jails outside of Washington, D.C.
Ford, who portrays a Continental soldier, owns dress uniforms and will discuss the lifestyle of what was required by soldiers, the difference between soldiers and the militia and will show his military-style musket.
The 11th Pennsylvania Regiment reenactment group is part of the Continental Line, the governing body which was formed 25 years ago. Over the past year, the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment, according to the group's website, www.11thPA.org, has participated in a number of events at sites such as at Fort Mercer in Red Bank, N.J., Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, Battle of Germantown in Germantown, and the Independence Day celebration at the National Constitution Center among others. They have given programs in schools and for the Boy Scouts.
Henkels, proprietor of V.L. Henkels Contractors which does renovation and restoration work, is an Ambler firefighter and an instructor at the Montgomery County Fire Academy in Conshohocken. Ford is a manager at the Philadelphia Water Department. His wife Jobie is active in the 11th Pennsylvania regiment's camp followers group, which portrays the lives and work of women who followed the regiments.
Please join us on April 21 for this program by Bud Henkels and Les Ford on an important part of Pennsylvania - and American history. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.
For more information call 215-233-4600
PLEASE NOTE : Attendees to the April program are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to the First Presbyterian Church's neighborhood food pantry. Please help us to support this important cause.
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