Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Revolutionary City, James Armistead Lafayette, and Being Recruited

During Drummers Call we saw the latest version of Revolutionary City which now shows the same scenes each day...

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One clever addition was that of the auctioneer, which humorously started ringing his bell and auctioning his wares after the scene about profiteering during the war. This is a real auction of items from various stores in the historic area.  The highest price is never allowed to go over the regular store price. Quite a good deal for historic goods and souvenirs!

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I loved this bit of humor! After several gloomy scenes about the war, he loudly gathered us around to listen to a bit of frivolity to cheer our hearts!

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 One of our favorite scenes which I haven't yet described is of the story of James Armistead, who was slave to Lafayette. Lafayette didn't believe in slavery and eventually was influential in Armistead gaining his freedom, at which time he adopted the name Lafayette...known today as James Armistead Lafayette.

This scene extracts more to the story of how Armistead was a spy during the Siege on Yorktown.

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For more details on James Armistead Lafayette:
James Armistead Lafayette-Colonial Williamsburg Podcast
James Armistead Lafayette-Blackpast.org
James Armistead Lafayette-Lafayette College


One of the great interactive events at Colonial Williamsburg is being recruited into the militia, something my husband and son quite enjoy! These officers sent forth a call for recruits...
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Officers Calling for Recruits

to which my husband and son responded. They couldn't resist enlisting once again...
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My Son and Husband Volunteer
After they were sufficiently drilled by the sergeant...

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Drilling with the Sergeant


...the Fife and Drum Corps led them in a parade to the Courthouse...

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Standing at Attention for the Fife and Drum Corps


...where we all assembled to await the arrival of General Lafayette!

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Assembling at the Courthouse

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Arrival of Lafayette

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Lafayette Speaks to the Citizens of Williamsburg and the Troops
My husband and son were extremely thrilled to be one of the recruits standing near the famous General Lafayette...who cheered them on to victory at Yorktown!



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1 comment:

  1. This was one of my favorite performances when were there last time! Thanks for posting so many pics and information.

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