17 Results for tag "Military"
Musket Range Celebrated 5th Anniversary
On March 19, 2016, a brisk Saturday morning, Colonial Williamsburg took a bold step to give guests an experience many had been craving for years. An experiment in experiential learning that exceeded the expectations of a typical “hands-on” activity. Five years and nearly 10,000 guests later, the 18th-Century Musket Range …
Giving an Officer’s Coat New Life with Death Head Buttons
Although today we typically think of buttons as purely utilitarian objects, they can also be quite decorative, and their appearance can drastically change the overall aesthetic and interpretation of a garment. One officer’s coat in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collection has had numerous button makeovers throughout its lifetime. This summer, …
Nicholas Biddle was one of few captains in the Continental Navy who had previous military experience; from mid-June 1771 until early 1774, he had been a midshipman in the British Royal Navy and was even shipmates with a young Horatio Nelson aboard HMS Carcass. When word of the Boston Tea …
What Did He Say?
When studying a period long before video and voice recording was possible, it can be difficult to determine exactly what was said and when.
Washington’s First War
Here are five things that you may not know about young Colonel Washington during his first baptism of fire, the French and Indian War.
Hoist Up the Flag: The British Red Ensign
Regularly throughout the year, the Military Programs Department hosts a program called “Discussion of Military Topics.” We each focus on a topic that we have researched extensively. The area I specialize in is Regimental Colors (flags) during the American Revolution. Over the course of this blog post, I would like …