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Return to the Hook!

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The Battle of the Hook re-enactment will be Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, on the grounds of the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester. More than 1,500 infantry, cavalry, artillery and maritime landing re-enactors will recreate how the Colonists and their allies engaged the British Legion and other Crown forces in the historic Gloucester battle.

The British are coming back, and the Americans and French too, for the Battle of the Hook re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, on the grounds of the Inn at Warner Hall in Gloucester.

More than 1,500 infantry, cavalry, artillery and maritime landing re-enactors will recreate how the Colonists and their allies engaged the British Legion and other Crown forces in the historic Gloucester battle. The troops cut off the British supply line to Yorktown, helping pave the way for American Independence.

The number of re-enactors, horses and boats attending make it one of the largest Revolutionary War re-enactments in the country. Thousands of spectators are expected, as well as modern day military officers and dignitaries.

On October 19, 1781, the last surrender of British forces in America occurred—not at Yorktown, as is widely believed, but an hour later, outside the works at Gloucester, where some 1,100 Englishmen, Scotsmen, Welshmen, Germans and American loyalists and 300 horses were surrendered to 100 French and 200 American militiamen. American independence was assured, thanks largely to the victory in Gloucester.

The battle and military scenes are only part of the two days of activities for visitors, which include a live field archeology dig and displays of actual artifacts from the Battle of the Hook. Period music will be performed by civilian and military performers. There will be 18th-century farm settings with live animals, a colonial tavern, demonstrations of camp life by the British, American and French forces, and period merchants and craftsmen demonstrating their skills and selling their wares. Learn all about the Battle of the Hook re-enactment and event times at http://www.battleofthehook.org.

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posted 10.09.2013

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