The Revolutionary War

This program focuses on how soldiers lived and fought during the Revolutionary War period.  Student volunteers are put into “uniforms” of the American and British armies as well as the typical attire of the American militia and the various weapons are discussed in relation to how these influenced the tactics of the war.

 Everything depends on how long we have per class/session.

 It covers the difference between the “Regular Army” and Militia in terms of creation, arms, organization and effectiveness, as well as the differences between American and British operations and backgrounds.

 We will open a soldier’s haversack and see the typical items that were carried, some of the medical tools employed and some items that were used in day-to-day life.

 Several items of historical trivia (such as why “Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni” and “Where did they get ‘yankee’ and ‘doodle” from anyway?”) and such are covered as well as items most students would be unfamiliar with:  Fires started by flint and steel, tools used by spies, the role of women and so on.