This weekends event went very well. The site worked out excellently, people pitched in to do what was needed and everything went smoothly.
Fort Plain turned out to be a terrific site with varied terrain, an extremely accomodating site staff and a nice view of the surrounding area since we were on the precipice of a large hill. The camp area worked very well and there were several sutlers as well.
The weather was excellent Friday and through until Saturday evening when rain came in. That was fine but then we experienced a bit of "wind-lodden" through the night and into Sunday morning. The wind was quite extreme at points through the night. Though a few tents were blown down the spirit of the Army of King James could not be dented.
The program flowed nicely all weekend from Friday PM's clan march, through the battle Saturday (with a great highland charge through the rolling high grass), a delightful ladies tea with a fantastic musical ensemble organized by the Edinburgh Volunteers, well-attended and contested highland games and great first person interaction. Unfortunately, with the weather the ceileigh was a quieter affair but the music was still sweet. After the storm we had a more relaxed start Sunday but our Army chaplain, Vicar Abernethy, was not distracted by the wind during morning service and finally, our battle was a spirited affair including an attempted attack on the government camp to end the weekend. An interesting program addition was a number of our people participated in a local parade Saturday to support the fort. Thank you to those willing to help in this way. You thrilled the crowd!
Participating groups from the Army of King James were:
A battle highlight for me was the steady fire from our artillery contingent on Sunday which more than matched the Government rate of fire. Congratuations to Capt. Fuller for his leadership there.
Thank you especially to Bill Cooper and the Edinburgh Volunteers for hosting the event. He did a fantastic job of pulling everything together and was a constant support throughout the weekend. The event was well organized and ran extremely smoothly.
A special thanks also to Capt. Jamie Parillo or the 27th Regiment of Foot for stepping in last week to command the Government Forces. They were an excellent, well-led force and a pleasure to face over the course of the weekend.
So our Culloden living history weekend was another success and a great time to be part of. Thank you to all who came out and did what you do so well to make it a special time.
Don't forget our next event, "I Am Come Home!" at Fort Ontario in Oswego September 5-6. Registration information will be going out within the month but mark your calender. By all accounts it will be growing in numbers as it did last year and will be a great weekend.
Thanks again to all who made it out, to those who did not, you were missed. Please make an effort to come out in September, its a fantastic site with a unique program.
I am and remain,