About Us

Our primary objectives when starting the society were twofold: create an accurate impression of the people of the American War of Independence, and then perform for an audience to educate and entertain. Within this framework, we have a lot of leeway in interpreting and presenting – an 8 year stretch at the end of the 18th Century might sound constraining in comparison to other periods that are re-enacted, but the social upheaval of revolution, the military changes of a world war, and the economic growth of a rich new country gives us a lot of material to work with.

In fact, the wider repercussions of this often overlooked conflict in British history tells an epic story. Many of its effects are still felt today; while Britain went on to become the world’s greatest empire, a new United States of America was born. Its platform of freedom and liberty would inspire other revolutions; freedom and democracy would be the motivating factor for the World Wars of the 20th century and beyond. A conflict that started as a plea to a monarchy to have the same rights as other freeborn Englishmen, escalated to a shot that was heard round the world [1] at Lexington and Concord, and ended with the establishment of a future superpower.

There are grand, sweeping stories to tell, but also personal tales – those of the soldiers, labourers, officers, camp followers and craftsmen. These are the stories we seek to tell – intimate details set to the backdrop of a truly global conflict. Like the story of John Brewer, a soldier of the 17th Regiment of Foot, who having served valiantly, was captured at the battle of Princeton and spent the next 2 years as a prisoner of war, was traded back to the British army, only to be captured and interred for another 2 years after Stony Point. If that seems unfortunately, the poor man was again a prisoner of war after the British capitulation at Yorktown.[2]

There is such colour and depth to the characters of the American Revolution, that it is impossible to chronicle all of them. But we hope to introduce these people to the wider world though our events.