The Rev War Alliance of Burlington County's first sponsored event went off (with a few minor hitches - early fog included) Saturday, December 9 to great fanfare! It was without a doubt an amazing turnout by both the soldiers and the public. Click the image to see our video!
Our biggest takeaway was how responsive everyone (including soldiers) were to the story of Petticoat Bridge, its role in the American Revolution, and the ongoing fight to preserve the land where the skirmish took place in 1776 from development today.
We'd like to thank everyone who attended, the many historical societies who made "History Row" a vibrant 'market of conversation,' and a special thank you to Colonial Cafe in Mount Holly for serving up delicious hot goodies. We would also like to thank Burlington County for sponsoring this event; Springfield Township Historical Society for organizing local support and Springfield Township Police and Fire/Rescue for directing traffic - and critically, the owners of Elmcrest Farm for their generosity in hosting us on their farm, which served as a junction point in December 1776.
Lastly, we would like to thank the individual soldiers, their units, the many camp followers, and the entire reenactment community for turning out. Many came from far and away, and it would have been impossible to undertake such an endeavor without their involvement. A special thanks to Paul Loane, commander of the 2nd PA/43rd of Foot for organizing and directing the battle.
We hope to see everyone back next year as we continue to showcase Petticoat Bridge's role during the Ten Crucial Days Campaign and the American Revolution.
A British 3pounder, the most common mobile artillery piece of the Revolution.
European professional armies thrived on intimidating their foes. No better moment showcased this than the bayonet charge. At the start of the Revolution, most American soldiers did not have bayonets because their weapons were fowlers or hunting rifles that did not accommodate them.