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Jamestown spotlights military history with weekend reenactments

Artillery demonstrations will rock Jamestown Settlement at noon Saturday and Sunday, as part of a weekend-long tribute to military history. (Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

Don’t be surprised if you see some Greco-Roman warriors in the Historic Triangle this weekend.

An estimated several hundred reenactors will be in Jamestown Saturday and Sunday to showcase military history from the fifth century B.C. to the present, according to a release.

The two-day event, the 33rd annual “Military Through the Ages,” is set for March 18 and 19 at Jamestown Settlement. The tribute spotlights historic reenactors, current military and the evolution of uniforms, weapons and tactics through the ages, as well as medical treatment, communications, military vehicles and equipment. This year will also feature the centennial of America’s entry into World War I in 1917.

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Military history, such as a 15th-century reenactment known as “Lord Grey’s Retinue,” will take center stage in Jamestown this weekend. (Courtesy JYF)

Highlighted military personnel and engagements will span from ancient Greece and Rome through the 21st century, including the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, War World I and II and Vietnam. The Virginia Army National Guard and the National Museum of the Marine Corps will reflect the present.

Other aspects of military history will also be on display.

Artillery-firing demonstrations are scheduled for noon both days, with a 17th-century swivel gun and a contemporary howitzer. Saturday afternoon will bring a children’s parade at 1 p.m. Sunday events include a military pass-in review at 3 p.m. and awards for the best reenactment unit.

There will also be military music on tap, with live performances throughout the weekend. The lineup includes: The Federal City Brass Band, replicating the sounds of a Union Army regimental brass band; Field Musick Virginia, with a blend of Revolutionary-era music and instrumental history and the Old Cigar Box String Band, with string-band renditions of songs from the American Revolution through the 20th century.

Admission costs $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for children between the ages of six and 12. For more about “Military Through the Ages,” go here.  Information is also available by phone, at 888-593-4682 or 757-253-4838.

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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