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August 23, 2010


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Note to self...look for a three edged blade when wanting to inflict maximum damage with a thrust.

I can use that bit of detail in me present book, thanks!

I'm always amazed at the stamina of re-enactors. Our autumn RenFaire can be impressively hot and there they are, all long brocade skirts, layers and layers and layers...and hats, scarfs, boots. Leather, suede... I do not know how they do it. I would never want to be a royal, it has to be too hot!

You're so good at taking such careful notes of what you observe! I will work much harder to be aware of what I see and experience at my next festival!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I was impressed with the re-enactors' dedication, as well as their knowledge. They seemed impervious to the heat, while I was wilting constantly. LOL

I didn't actually take notes that day, and I know I forgot some details, but my brain held on to the ones it found the most interesting I guess! I haven't doublechecked the info I was given, but I suppose I should -- although that will lead me to even MORE research topics I'll find intriguing. :)


I'm guessing we know who will be a character in your next book! Great details.

Donna Cummings

LOL, Dee -- I'll have to do a better job of foreshadowing next time!

Terri Osburn

This sounds (and looks!) just like a day in Colonial Williamsburg. Kiddo and I will make our annual fall trip in the next month or so, as soon as it cools down again.

That scout sounds just like this one re-enactor here in Williamsburg. Even down to the pony tail. He was the perfect cross between Jack Sparrow and Will Turner. Only cleaner. :)

Couple of those dudes firing the cannons are wearing cool boots. So you caught some.

Donna Cummings

Terri, I didn't even think about this being similar to Colonial Williamsburg -- now I feel better that I haven't made it down there yet. :) Which also means I'll have to make another trip to OSV during the fall (I don't know that they have any more big re-enactments like this -- I should check their website.)

I also need to go check the cannon guys' boots, now that you've alerted me. LOL

Jan O'Hara

Donna, this was such fun to read. (Why couldn't the history books be written like this?) We don't have anything resembling these fairs in Canada, at least out west. Thank you for letting me enjoy it vicariously.

Liz Lipperman

Donna, now you got me thinking about the hot gold earring, pony-tailed, thigh high boot wearer!!

Great story. Makes you wonder how anybody won this war?

My friend wrote a wonderful time travel about a costumed enactment heroine who got thrown back onto the battlefield. I learned a lot about the war by just reading her story and agree history would be so much easier to digest if it were told in stories like yours.

Donna Cummings

Jan, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And maybe the history books would have been more fun if they'd focused on the IMPORTANT things, like boots, and earrings, and things of that nature! LOL

Donna Cummings

Liz, he WAS a cutie, I have to admit. :) Now I'm almost glad I didn't take a pic so I don't have to share him. LOL

And you're so right that it's a wonder anyone won that war -- everything they had to do required so much EFFORT.

Your friend's time travel sounds great. I think one reason I love to read time travel is to see the contrast of where we've been, and where we are -- I love those costumes but boy would I miss my laptop! LOL

Clarissa Southwick

What a great blog! One of my great-great-however many greats-grandfathers- George Southwick- died at Lexington (or was it Concorde?) So I've always been fascinated with this era. The pictures are fantastic. We don't have anything like this here in Idaho so thanks for sharing.

Donna Cummings

Thanks, Clarissa! Lexington and Concord are neighboring towns, and it's kind of amazing to see so much of the colonial-era stuff around here, especially when it still looks like it did "back in the colonial day". LOL

Next time I'm in that vicinity I'll scope out the place and see if I can find George (there's some great cemeteries out here, with the slate tombstones). Maybe I can get a pic for you!


Thanks for sharing your day! Wow. The pace of battle in those days seems so formal and go together with how oddly polite they were with taking turns with trying to kill eachother - like with duels. You'd think with all that time they'd change their minds and go home! I guess that's what each side was hoping for before resorting to the bayonet fighting. I could see where there would be a lot of tension with honor and all that came into play. Great blog!

Donna Cummings

Melissa, it really was fun--the first time I'd done anything like that. Next month I'm trying a Renaissance Faire. LOL I'm unstoppable!

I hadn't thought about how similar this was to duels, with all the honor and politeness -- you're right though. And I'm with you, I would have just said "let's get going, it's too hot to keep shooting at each other". LOL

Liz Fichera

Great pics! So much history! We saw a similar musket demonstration near Dauphin Island, Alabama, last year. It's amazing the work involved to fire a single bullet! And, yeah, it was loud!

Donna Cummings

Thanks, Liz -- it's the first time I've posted pics on my blog, so I'm kinda thrilled I learned how to do it.

And you're so right about all the work involved in firing a bullet. No wonder the battles lasted so long! LOL


Cool! Sounds like you had fun and learned a lot, too. Love it when research is good time!

Donna Cummings

Colby, it was definitely lots of fun. I'm scoping out my next "research field trip" now!

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