See history come alive at Yorktown Battlefield

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American, French and British air force officers walk toward the Yorktown Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War, Dec. 12, 2015. (Photo by Kirsten Petersen)
Yorktown Battlefield, site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. (Kirsten Petersen/WYDaily)

To celebrate the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service, Colonial National Historical Park recently announced a summer and fall schedule of historic battle reenactments.

According to a news release from the park, the demonstrations will feature both British and Continental Army troops during the 1781 Siege of Yorktown, the final battle of the American Revolution.

“The reenactors who have recreated these units offer the Yorktown Battlefield visitors a truly authentic look at the artillery used during the siege of Yorktown,” Park Ranger Derold “Mac” McClammy said in the release.  “The [artillery is] made up of men and women who love history. They really live and breathe it and have made an enormous commitment to support our artillery programs and support the park.”

The majority of the event’s historic weapons will be provided by Yorktown’s two volunteer living history artillery units, the release stated. The park’s Royal Artillery will fire a 1776-era, six-pound artillery gun and the park’s Continental Regiment (also known as Lamb’s Artillery) will fire an 18-pound siege cannon.

Here are the dates and times for the demonstrations:

Royal Artillery

A volunteer unit will depict the British Royal Artillery at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. Programs include live firings of a replica British cannon, similar to some of the field cannons the British used at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 28, Sept. 24, Nov. 13.

Lamb’s Artillery

A volunteer unit will depict the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment commanded by Colonel John Lamb, which saw action at the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. The unit presents artillery programs which feature firing demonstrations of a replica 18-pound siege gun, the largest siege cannon used by the Americans at Yorktown. Firings take place at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on the following dates: Aug. 27, Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Oct. 15, Nov. 13.

For more information visit the Colonial National Historical Park website.

See history come alive at Yorktown Battlefield