Revolutionary War battle to be honored Sunday

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This drawing illustrates what British forces would have worn during the Battle of Spencer's Ordinary. (Photo courtesy of Chris Bonin)
This drawing illustrates what British forces would have worn during the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary. (Photo courtesy of Chris Bonin)

The Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will continue their annual tradition of holding a wreath laying ceremony and battle presentation to commemorate the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary this Sunday at 10 a.m. at Freedom Park in Williamsburg.

On June 26, 1781, American and British forces in Williamsburg engaged in a skirmish that eventually resulted in a stalemate. Nine American soldiers and 11 British soldiers died in combat. The fight would come to be known as the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary.

Following the wreath laying ceremony, University of Nebraska-Kearney graduate student Chris Bonin will give a 30-minute presentation outlining what combat was like in the Revolutionary War.

Bonin, who volunteers at the York County Historical Museum, has given presentations after the wreath laying ceremony annually since 2014. He said he hopes his presentation will dispel some misinformation about what warfare was like for Revolutionary soldiers.

“A lot of people think the American army was made of guys that fought behind trees and didn’t stand in the open to be shot down, while the Redcoats were stupid and didn’t know their way through the woods,” Bonin said. “Really, by 1781 both armies had more in common than they had differences.”

Bonin’s presentation will also include illustrations of American and British forces, which depict Revolutionary-era clothing and weaponry.

After his presentation, Bonin will field questions from the audience about the Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary and related Revolutionary War topics.

The wreath laying and presentation are free to attend and appropriate for people of all ages. For more information, call Freedom Park at 757-259-4022.