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FORT LOUDOUN DAY Winchester VA.

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When:
May 18, 2019 all-day
2019-05-18T00:00:00-04:00
2019-05-19T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
Fort Loudoun Winchester VA
419 N Loudoun St
Winchester, VA 22601
USA

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FORT LOUDOUN DAY 2019

Compiled by Jim Moyer, updated 3/20/2017, 4/4/2017, 4/6/2017, 5/17/2017, 2/6/2018, 3/5/18, 3/27/2018, 11/3/2018

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May 18, 2019 Saturday

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More detail to follow

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FORT LOUDOUN DAY 2018

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Observe Fort Loudoun’s Beginning

Saturday May 19, 2018

Photo by Winchester Star of the Captain Mercer Company of the Virginia Regiment when they observed Presidents Day Monday February 19, 2018. Click on photo to enlarge.

The annual

commemoration

of the beginning

of construction of

Fort Loudoun

is observed on

the French and Indian War Foundation’s  property at:

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419 North Loudoun Street
Winchester, Virginia

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on Saturday, May 19, 2018
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Who will be there?

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1. Captain George Mercer‘s Company of the Virginia Regiment 1754-1758. 

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In the Red Coat is our esteemed General Braddock. With him are the Mercer Co of the Virginia Regiment celebrating with the General the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax County June 17, 2017

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2. General Edward Braddock !!!  Finally the General will visit us.  🙂

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3. Colonel James Wood.  Our stalwart founder of Winchester Virginia.

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4. Colonel James Wood, II Chapter of the Virginia Society of Sons of the American Revolution  and members of its Color Guard.

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5. Vendors  will be there.  Maybe you need some things  to join the Virginia Regiment?  Maybe you want to read a story?  Maybe you want to prepare for a frontier that could erupt at any time?

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Activities:

1. Tours of the Fort Loudoun grounds

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2.  A flag-raising at noon

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3.  Musketry demonstration

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4. Recruitment.  March with the Virginia Regiment.

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This is a free event. 

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At Fort Loudoun May 16, 2016 . . . . Interpreters – Left to Right . . . Ayden McClung, Thadd McClung both of the Provincial Militia, Ft. Dobbs, NC . . . William Hunt: Lt. of 1st Virginia Regiment . . . Fred Harmon of the Continental Army, Virginia Line, 13 Regiment, Fort Pitt . . . Robert Andrews, Brett Osborn: Col. James Woods Color Guard . . . Raleigh Boaze, speaker at the day’s event

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Usually

Fort Loudoun Day

is the Saturday

nearest

the 18th of May

because

that is the day

construction

of Fort Loudoun began.

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See the letter

Col George Washington writes from Winchester VA  

to Lt  Col Adam Stephen  

stationed in Fort Cumberland.


Fort Loudoun Day is based on a

May 18, 1756 letter GW writes

about starting construction of the fort.

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Col George Washington writes from Winchester VA  to Lt  Col Adam Stephen at Fort Cumberland May 18, 1756 :

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18 May 1756 letter Col George Washington in Winchester VA writes to Lt Colonel Adam Stephen who is at Fort Cumberland – Click on picture to enlarge. Hit backspace to return here. Click on source to see more.

Sir: When I wrote to you last,

I expected to have been at Fort Cumberland ere this;  . . .

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I am also detained here [Winchester VA] to construct and erect a fort, which the Governor has ordered to be done with expedition.

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 As it will be necessary to have a number of Carpenters, &c. to carry on the work with spirit, and vigour;

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18 May 1756 letter Col George Washington in Winchester VA writes to Lt Colonel Adam Stephen who is at Fort Cumberland – Click on picture to enlarge. Hit backspace to return here. Click on source to see more.

you are desired to send down all the men of Captain George Mercers Company;

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those that are there of Captain Bells.

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All the men that are really skilled in masonry: and if all these do not make up fifty; you are to complete the party to that number, out of the best Carpenters in other Companies.

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Source:

Founders Online link

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Actual Image of the above 18 May 1756 letter

Col George Washington writes to Lt Col Adam Stephen

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Sketch of the Well at Fort Loudoun. This well still exists today. This sketch is by James E Taylor embedded with the Yankee General Sheridan Campaign headquartered in Winchester VA

This well shown in sketch on left, still exists today .

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THIS Assembly met in its first session

on March 25, 1756,

to authorize building this fort

and continued in session till May 5.

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See this act of legislature, Chapter II, XVI, page 33, specifying the building of a fort in Winchester VA.

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Declaration of War

May 28, 1754

Historians date the start of the French and Indian War to Jumonville Glen.

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July 9, 1755

Even though, a major battle had occurred – Braddock’s Defeat declaration of official war had not occurred.

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Norman Baker, historian for the French and Indian War Foundation, discovered the exact outline of Fort Loudoun. His disovery was proven accurate by subsequent archeological dig. For many years legends guessed the site to be more south on the Fort Loudoun apartments grounds. Click on aerial photo to enlarge.

May 17, 1756

 Virginia did not know

yet that

Great Britain declared official war

on the day before

Fort Loudoun construction began.

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August 15, 1756

Colonel Washington

got word of this 

formal declaration 

ordering for the next day, 

a  “triple Discharge of the Artillery, and three Rounds of Musquetry, with loud Acclamations of the People.”

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ONE MORE THING.

This day May 18, 1756 was a busy day

when starting building of Fort Loudoun.

Just look at the correspondence here.

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PAST EVENTS


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LAST YEAR’S

FORT LOUDOUN DAY

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Saturday 20 May 2017

419 N Loudoun St Winchester VA

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See previous

Fort Loudoun Days  in this link.

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Our President David Grosso of the

French and Indian War Foundation

conducted free tours

around the fort’s footprint.

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Also on site was

Captain George Mercer’s Company

of Colonel George Washington’s

Virginia Regiment.

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Left to Right on front row:

Jim Moyer, Charles Harbaugh IV, Eric Bartock, Tony Elar.

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In between Eric Bartock and Tony Elar, and behind them is our commander, Tony Elar Jr  (yes, the older one is Jr  🙂  )

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Click to enlarge this photo.

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Photo taken on Fort Loudoun Day, May 20, 2017

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Also on May 20, 2017, Fort Loudoun Day. Front and center is Mark Tooley from Fort Edwards Foundation holding up the camera, with Jim Moyer as Private in Captain Mercer Company of VA Regiment and Frenchman with his cannon in the background.

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Fort Loudoun Day, May 14, 2016

Compiled by Jim Moyer

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 Time for the whole event:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m (rain curtailed event at 130pm)

419 N Loudoun St Winchester VA

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Speaker: Tony Elar  – 11:30am

Tony Elar and his son and Foundation member and Jim Moyer are

recreating Mercer’s Co. of the First Virginia Regiment.

The company served under Washington at Fort Loudoun.

Topic:  “Soldiers of the Virginia Regiment”.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

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See Pictures of this year’s Fort Loudoun Day 14 May 2016

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In the captions you will see Bold Italic representing links to further information. Click on those links.

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Pictures below are of the participants of last year’s event (2015), who will reappear this year (2016):

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Living history participants scheduled to appear for your questions:

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Col. James Wood, see story on his only election.

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Col. Wood’s Color Guard

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Soldiers Mercer’s Co.

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See link: http://jimmoyer1.wix.com/mercercompany1stva

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Click on: More about George Mercer and his company.

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Virginia_Provincials_1755_Uniform_Plate appeal to gw from winchester

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Dept. of Geographers – colonial era surveyors

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Raleigh Boaze – Interprets life on the frontier as a backwoodsman

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See what happened on

Fort Loudoun Day  in 2015, 2014, 2013:  Click on this link

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Click on what the 419 N. Loudoun Street location looks like.

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 Fort Loudoun Day , May 16, 2015

commemorates start of building Fort Loudoun in May 1756.

See video below:

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We are delighted to announce a speaker, Raleigh Boaze

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Subject of talk by Raleigh Boaze:

“General Braddock’s Failed Attempt to

Capture Fort Duquesne and the Colonies Involvement “

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Raleigh Boaze is a living history interpreter of the 18th century colonial frontier.  Mr. Boaze presents a first person account of life on the ‘American’ frontier in the years 1754 to 1775.  Dressed in backwoodsman attire and accoutrements, he describes the settlers’ strife at the hands of the Native Americans aligned with the French opposing encroachment of the British colonists beyond the Appalachians and underscores the importance of this period in the eventual founding of our country.

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Mr. Boaze presents his interpretation of the 18th century frontier life in schools and before civic groups in the Mid-Atlantic region and has been instrumental in bringing about changes to history texts used in the public schools to ensure that they accurately portray life on the frontier during this period.

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2014’s Fort Loudoun Day

See video below:

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