The weather was on the cold side, but wool has its advantages in the brisk weather.
Captain Tom Vilardi was the officer, our own captain being replaced by his identical twin in the ranks. Recently-promoted Corporal Tom Carton had his debut of commanding a combined section in drill. Our civilians were Sharon, Madison, Rebecca, and Tom Senior. With Jesse also in ranks, we had 3 soldiers, which was about the size of the other British units. The loyalist militia were the largest force with about 5 or 6.
The captain's writing chest had a number of loyalty oaths which we filled out for visitors--just to make sure they attested that they were on the lawful side. Our camp also featured our new fly shelf for the first time. This was essentially a suspended plank which was painted light blue like our poles. It was another surface to keep things off the ground such as bearskins when not in use, keeping them cleaner.
The museum on the site has a mannequin dressed as a 35th Regiment soldier in its display case. The 35th was in the Raritan area and they had recovered a 35th button, also on display, so EJOT has a very solid, direct connection to our regiment.
We brought our own cold rations, including hard boiled eggs, cheese, sausage, bread, etc. but the site had also invited a smoked meats truck and an ice cream truck. Yours truly made sure to sample the pulled pork and cole slaw, to make sure everything was up to standards. (It was!)
Our first sizable Revolutionary War event since Fort Tryon in November, we had not been to the site before. This was a lot of fun and the consensus was that we would definitely like to do more activities there in the future. For most of our members, it was easy to get to, coming from the north down NJ Rt 287 and more or less there. We got to see old friends, make new friends, and had a great time.
We salute the staff of EJOT for having us, our fellow Rev War units, and all our members who attended!