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April 18, 2011


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Kari Marie

Wow! That was an awesome post. Thank you for sharing your experience. I had no idea that they had to line up becuase muskets were such bad weapons. Six men to a tent? whoa.

Liz Fichera

Very fascinating! I have watched musket demonstrations. It's pretty amazing and, boy, are the shots loud.

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a great time when I went to this, and I'm looking forward to doing it again. I really was in awe of the people--whole families--who devote their time to these kinds of things, as well as the knowledge they shared.

And I remember them saying in the brutal winters, the soldiers had to sleep on top of each other, to keep warm. LOL

Donna Cummings

Liz, it IS loud. LOL I kept my fingers in my ears as much as possible. It was fun to have the visceral experience, because, as good as our imaginations are, sometimes we need the actual sights, smells, sounds to help out our writing.

Liz Lipperman

Wow! You described it in such detail, I felt like I was there with you...lusting after the scout in those boots!!

Thanks for the info, Donna. And Happy Patriots Day to all you Yankees in Mass.

Donna Cummings

Liz, that scout better be there THIS year. LOL I'm going to learn some tracking skills so I can find him and take a picture!

The other thing happening on Patriots Day that I don't do -- the Boston Marathon. I might run to get a cup of coffee, but that's it. LOL

Terri Osburn

This is funny considering this morning I saw an article about the north ignoring the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. But they sure make a big deal out of that first one!

I've seem the soldiers do the big field show up in Colonial Williamsburg. That cannon is flippin' loud!

Donna Cummings

Terri, maybe it's a big deal because it's a day off. LOL Or maybe 150 years doesn't seem like that long of a timespan to New Englanders. :) We've been here since the 1600s after all.

The cannons are definitely loud, aren't they? I'd love to make it to Williamsburg one of these days. It seems like it would be great research.


That is interesting, the idea that they don't make a big deal out of it because it isn't old enough! I understand travelers from Europe are often amused at what Americans consider historically important.

Wow! That was built 75 years ago!


Yeah, well...it's a big deal to us! ;-)

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I'm just speculating about the reason. But you're right about American history things being relatively "young". I remember being in London and they have stuff that's 1000 years old--mixed in with all the modern stuff. LOL So we do seem like young whippersnappers in comparison.

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