Third Battalion Pennsylvania Regiment of Foot
"The Augusta Regiment," Burd's Company
1756-1764

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Where we'll be in 2017

March 12 – Charter Day at Conrad Weiser Homestead
The official kickoff event for our reenacting season. With our sister unit, the Weiser Battalion, and again this year the French LaReine, we present aspects of 18th century military life. Drills, presentations, laundry, hearth cooking, hand crafts abound. Meet Conrad and Anna Eve Weiser as they consider the impact of impending military action in their and their neighbors' lives. From their site: "Weiser was an 18th century German immigrant who served as an Indian interpreter and who helped coordinate Pennsylvania's Indian policy. He played a major role in the history of colonial Pennsylvania." Come visit and learn why that is an understatement.

April 27 - 29-- Market Faire at Fort Frederick in Big Pool, Maryland
You'll find us scattered amongst the shoppers at what's been called "the mall of 18th century america." The grounds of the fort are filled with over 140 quality sutlers offering everything from clothing, arms, fabric, furniture and furnishings to food, culinary supplies, toys and books and everything in between. Entertainers perform in the 18th century manner for your diversion throughout the days. It's a wonderful time to renew old and gain new friendships and find out what's fresh in the world of living history.

May 5 and 6 – Fort Halifax Festival
Much of the supplies used to build and outfit Fort Augusta and its men came through Fort Halifax, making it a critical part of the system. This event supports the planned historic park which we expect to feature the reconstructed Fort Halifax. The encampment features river and woodswalk scenarios immersing visitors in trade, travel, and some of the political hazards of the time.
  May 20-21 – Army Heritage Day at AHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Learn the history of the Carlisle Barracks from the 18th century to today through this timeline encampment. The Army Heritage Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is a giant resource for research. Compare the military tactics, foods and accomodations of the many eras as you wander through the camps.
May 30 – Sunbury (Pennsylvania) Memorial Day Parade
This morning parade ends in Cameron Park with speeches and ceremony honoring our local veterans, some of whom from as far back as the Revolutionary War are buried in the cemetery at the end of South Fourth Street.
July 29 and 30 – Terror on the Conococheague
This living history event tells the true story of the Lowry Family, who were abducted in the attack on Fort McCord, in April, 1756. You will see the burning of the fort and the attempt to free them at the Battle of Sideling Hill. Living history demonstrations, children's games, food. Admission $5 for adults, 16 and under free. Presented by the Conococheague Institute for the Study of Cultural Heritage in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
 

August 20 -- Bloody Spring in Sunbury, Pennsylvania
In September of 1756, John Pattin, a bullock guard, was tending cattle outside of Fort Augusta when he decided to visit the nearby spring for a drink of water. He was discovered and killed by hostile natives. The spring gained the name "The Bloody Spring" as a result of the attack.

We plan to recreate the events at the spring on the edge of Sunbury, in honor of James Pattin (Patton). We will further memorialize Mr. Pattin with a funeral service held for him.

August 26 and 27 – French & Indian War Event at Fort Frederick in Big Pool, Maryland
From their website: French, British, and American Indian reenactors assemble for a weekend of 18th century living history demonstrations and battle reenactments. Period crafts and food vendor will also be available. Hours are 9 am to 4 pm Saturday and 9 am to 3 pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

October 7 and 8 – Heritage Days at Fort Freeland
Taste, smell and see the wonders of the Warrior Run, Pennsylvania area. Sample goods fresh from the hearth and the pot - apple butter, bread, pies, soups and stews. Watch talented handcrafters build furniture, make rope, weave cloth, spin wool, create bobbin lace, work with tin and wood. Enjoy the sounds of wandering musicians. Witness the attack on Fort Freeland, a fortified home in the breadbasket that supplied our Revolutionary War armies. Visit the expanded native village to learn a critical and all-too-often minimized part of our valley's history.

Members of The Augusta Regiment take part as The Fort Freeland Company of Independent Riflemen, our Revolutionary War-era impression.

October 13-15 – Fort Ligonier
The careful reconstruction of the full-sized on-site Fort Ligonier in Ligonier, Pennsylvania makes it a site not to be missed. Soldier accomodations from tent to barracks, a battle with the French, and fort life are demonstrated. Those interested in shopping will enjoy spending the day a few blocks from the fort for the craft festival this weekend.

October 28 -- Candlelight Tour of the Fort Augusta Museum in Sunbury, Pennsylvania
The doors open to the public this evening from 6 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. for candlelight tours of the museum and the surrounding fort locations - the powder magazine and fort well which still exist on the property, the cemetery where Col. Samuel Hunter and family members rest. Listen to the groups of soldiers talk amongst themselves about fort conditions and events. There is no admission charged. Donations are welcome.

November 12 -- Provincial Road Veterans Remembrance
The Augusta Regiment holds a private veterans remembrance each year on a local property that holds the remaining portion of the road from Fort Augusta to the Reading (Tulpehocken) Road, built by the men of Fort Augusta. Included in our remembrance is a march along the road. Though the property's owner has passed on, his enthusiasm for having us here for this event has carried on to his family who have graciously invited us to continue the remembrance on the property. Serjeant Bernie lives on in our hearts and our appreciation for his generosity.

December 9 – Historic Warrior Run Church Candlelight Service
In our guise as the Fort Freeland Company of Independent Riflemen and families, we take part in historic Christmas services at this 1835 church which saw service beginning as a log church in 1769. Carol singing with a reed organ accompaniment makes this a cozy and inspiring service for people of all beliefs. There is no fee for entry, though contributions to help preserve the church are appreciated.