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Revolutionary War re-enactors will be at Putnam Memorial State Park on Saturday from 10am to 4pm to celebrate the 237th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War encampments in Redding. 

 

Re-enactors will recreate army life during the nation's fight for independence.  There will be artillery and drill demonstrations, battlefield skirmish, colonial craftsmen, kids drill instruction, army camp life talks, and a Soldiers of Putnam Park Program.  Hands-on activities will take place all day. 

 

Putnam Memorial State Park is located on the site of the Winter Encampment of General Israel Putnam's Continental troops from December 1778 through May 1779, the park is dedicated to the role they played in the Revolutionary War in helping secure America's independence.  The encampment was set up to prevent the British from coming from the coast, as they had the year before and burned Danbury.  The British then escaped through Ridgefield.  This way, soldiers would be readily available in case the British decided to do a sneak attack in the winter.

 

Suggested donations are requested to support educational programming at the park.  $5 Adults, $2 Children under 12. 

 

The Park is located at the intersection of Route 107 and 58. 

 

The event is sponsored by the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park and organized by the Brigade of the American Revolution.  The Brigade of the American Revolution is a non-profit living history association dedicated to recreating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence, 1775-1783.  Members represent elements of all the armies then involved:  Continental, Militia, British, Loyalist, German, French, Spanish, and Native American forces plus civilian men, women, and children.

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