Thoughts on War
Often during times of conflict we are consumed with the pressures of the present: How did we get where we are? How will we survive? What will happen to us? More than 230 years ago, the people of revolutionary America faced decisions that dramatically changed their world. They chose liberty and sacrifice and risked all they had to give us what we have now.
Today, as then, our thoughts are on war. The people of Colonial Williamsburg share their thoughts about yesterday…and a struggle that helped fashion America.
"I do remember the more pleasant times indeed when I first came to this colony, but much has happened over these past years..."
Dennis Watson interprets the character of Alexander Purdie for Colonial Williamsburg.
" 'We mutually pledge to each other our Lives,
our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.' So
ends the Declaration of Rebels against authority."
Jack Flintom interprets the character of John Randolph for Colonial Williamsburg.
"Most people think that the war would cause a lot of extra work for gunsmiths, but as a matter of fact most gunsmiths ended up fighting in the war as soldiers..."
Clay Smith is a journeyman gunsmith for Colonial Williamsburg.
"As a printer during the revolutionary period, printers had a problem acquiring their materials—the paper, the ink, the type had to be imported."
Willie Parker interprets the printing trade for Colonial Williamsburg.
"You wish to know what I think of this war of independence..."
Sharon Forsher is a supervising coach of character interpretation and
interprets the character of Anne Christian for Colonial Williamsburg.
"…A wheelwright in the colonies in war time, depending on the particular wheelwright, who may have very strong feelings one way or the other about the war, could decide he's going to join up and offer his services."
Wheelwright Christopher Wright