Those of you who know me know that one of my living history personas is that of Lt. Col. Thomas Brown, Commander of the King’s Carolina Rangers (KCR), a loyalist regiment during the Revolutionary War. Yesterday, August 6, was the 232nd Anniversary of one of the Battles that the unit participated in, the Battle of Hanging Rock, SC.
While Col. Brown was not present at that battle, a company of the KCR was present and they were instrumental in turning the tide of battle, preventing a complete rout of the British forces. To learn more about the battle check out the article that appeared in The Founder’s Blog yesterday:
Like many of the loyalist units in the south, the KCR is not well-known nor are their contributions to the British war effort well understood.
Historic Reenactment not only reinforces a sense of pride in our heritage; it is educational as well. Recent movies, such as “The Patriot” and “John Adams,” as well as books about the founders have caused interest in the Revolutionary War period to mushroom. In response, some Revolutionary War Reenactment groups have attempted to make themselves more family. Similarly, the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States have raised interest in those periods as well.
“The Patriot,” and other historically influenced movies,
has increased interest in living history
Taking part in Living History is a great way to escape the worries of today and “pretend” just as you did when you were young. Best of all, it is something in which you and your family can share the experience together. Continue reading