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THE UNTOLD STORIES

Central themes:

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Picture by Eric Cherry provided for Fort Loudoun Productions

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1. Winchester VA,  old Frederick Co VA

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2. George Washington & his Men before the War of Independence

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3. French and Indian War in the VA, MD, PA, NC, SC theatre

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4. How this World Wide War MAP  impacted the 3 subjects above

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5. Indian Nations, their history, and as  allies and enemy

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Stories in purple and in black not yet finished.

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1605 

November 5 Guy Fawkes

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1675

Conotocaurious – We prove sources for this nickname of George Washington, but was this nickname first applied to his great grandfather, John Washington?

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John Washington, great grandfather of George Washington.  We pick this year for John Washington’s participation in the incident on Piscataway MD directly across the Potomac River from Mt Vernon.

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At the same time John Washington was fighting Nathaniel Bacon who wanted to fight the local Indians, up north another war was going on – King Philip’s War 1675-1678

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1731 

Lightning Strikes? Before George Washington is Born

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1732

February 11 OS 22 NS  –  George Washington is Born

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1733

June 23 George Mercer is born, GW’s future aid de camp.  This link contains info on Mercer’s father and brothers.   Also, a good list of other Captains and men in Washington’s original VA Regiment can be found in this link.

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1738

Virginia creates Frederick County and Augusta County

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1741

November James Wood’s only election

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1745

April 16 Battle of Culloden. What’s that event doing here?  This event shows how young and volatile the union of Scotland and England is, under a Union Jack begun in 1709. and  the men in the Virginia Regiment were recently as 10 years away from that Battle of Culloden.

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1748

March  Washington’s first journey over the Blue Ridge

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1749

July Washington as Surveyor

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1750

The Day The Music Died. When Shawnee left Shawnee Spring.

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1751

2 November Washingtons in Barbados

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1752

20 April Winchester Virginia is Established

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14 September   Fully implemented Calendar Change

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November  Washington Joins Masonic Lodge

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1753

May 15 Washington’s Winchester In Lot and Out Lot

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March, July   Wyoming Valley Dispute begins

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September Indian Winchester Conference

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October Washington quits as surveyor to become Adjutant of Southern District with rank of Major

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Washington’s 2 Journals 1753-1754

31 October 1753 to 16 January 1754 – 1st journey

31 March 1754 to 27 June 1754 – 2nd journey

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1754

January 16 – End date of George Washington’s  1st journey

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February 14   Proclamation by Lt Gov Dinwiddie promising land

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31 March 1754 to 27 June 1754 George Washington’s 2nd journey includes Jumonville

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May Jumonville Incident 28 May

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June 18 to July 11, 1754   Albany Conference

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July 3 Fort Necessity. Battle of the Great Meadows.

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November  King’s Order settling rank and command

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1755

April 15  Over a foot of snow falls on Dunbar’s 48th Regiment at Dowden’s Ordinary

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Summer of 1755  Last revision of the Fry-Jefferson Map produced by Thomas Jefferys

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June 14-19  The Braddock Expedition observed in Grantsville Maryland  – The Little Crossings, after the 4th Camp, after leaving Fort Cumberland

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July 9  The British Grenadier Song crossing the Monongahela

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July 9 Braddock’s Defeat

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July 13  Braddock dies, calling out the Virginia Blues

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July 13-21 Dunbar’s Army Retreats to Fort Cumberland

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July 13 Braddock’s Sash

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July 28 The Acadian Expulsion

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August 14  George Washington is rehired  with all hire and resign dates

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October Building of Fort Ashby starts

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November 1 Earthquake of Lisbon on All Saints Day

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December 10 Washington’s first election ends in defeat

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December 25 Christmas in 1755

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1756

February Sandy Creek Expedition

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February 1 to April 6 The Boston Trip to see Gov Shirley

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April  SPRINGTIME IS WAR TIME

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April 7  GW back in Winchester from a long trip to Boston.  Lots of bad news.  See link.

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April 18  The Battle of Great Cacapon – where exactly was it?

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May BATTLE OF THE GREAT CACAPON COURT MARTIALS

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May 13  Captain Tom Step Nottoway ally and the Southern Tuscaroras

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May 18 Building Fort Loudoun Winchester VA starts

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May 18  Date of starting Fort Loudoun – Fort Loudoun Day celebrates this

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Was there a flag raised at Fort Loudoun?

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Fort Loudoun Winchester VA – What did the fort look like?

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August 15  DECLARATION OF WAR – announced in Winchester VA

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August 29 About the Well at Fort Loudoun which still exists .

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About the man who dug it and blasted away at it – by Scott Straub

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September  29 to October 22   George Washington tours the Southern Virginia Defenses

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October 6   Officers threaten Resignation over Virginia Gazette “Centinel X” criticism

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December 2 COLONEL WASHINGTON MOVES INTO FORT LOUDOUN

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1757

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April 23  148 Cherokee meet Captain Mercer at Fort Loudoun Winchester VA

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June François-Louis Picoté de Belestre taken prisoner to Fort Loudoun Winchester VA.

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July TWO HANGINGS AT FORT LOUDOUN? 

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1758

April Massacre at Fort Seybert

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8 June–26 July  Seige of Louisbourg is related to 4 Streets of Winchester VA : Amherst, Boscawen, Wolfe, and also Loudoun

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July 24 Washington’s first successful election to the House of Burgesses

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July  Meet Lt Charles Smith, GW’s campaign finance manager, personal accountant, overseer of Fort Loudoun

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September 21 Establishing Stephensburg (now Stephens City) and enlarging Winchester

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October  5  Stewart Street Winchester VA named after Captain Robert Stewart, of GW’s Virginia Regiment

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October 5  Wolfe is Hero before he Really Becomes a Hero:  Wolfe Street in Winchester VA.

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November 12  Friendly Fire between Mercer and Washington

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November 25  The End of Fort DuQuesne

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November 26  Finding Peter Halkett with his son James Halkett by a big tree

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November 27  Braddock’s Defeat 3 Years Later – The Burial Detail

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December 12  Fort Loudoun Barracks still not finished

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December COLONEL WASHINGTON RESIGNS 

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1759

January George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis, and what of Sarah Cary? See Link.

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March 7  Lord Fairfax 1759 Addition to Winchester VA

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July Small Pox in Winchester, Court moves to Stephensburg (Stephens City)

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Summer Christopher Gist dies of smallpox, as alleged

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September 13, 1759  Battle of Quebec. Opposing Generals Wolfe and Montcalm die.

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November 6 James Wood, the founder of Winchester VA, dies

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1761

May George Washington 1761 Election House of Burgesses – DIRTY POLITICS?

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1763

February 10 TREATY OF PARIS ending the French and Indian War

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February 10  Lord Bute “ends the War”

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July White’s Fort and Clowser House and Indian Attacks.

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1770

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March 5 Boston Massacre. John Adams Defense Attorney for the British.

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October to December  The Trials about the Boston Massacre at the same time Washington was on his Western trip to Ohio Country and the condition of Fort Loudoun

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October 5 to December 1  Washington’s trip out West to Ohio Country once more.

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28 October 1770  GW meets Guyasuta. The Legend of Guyasuta’s Speech.

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1772

Washington’s first known portrait by Charles Willson Peale. Washington poses in his Virginia Regiment uniform for the French and Indian War, two years after the Boston Massacre.

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1773

December 16 Boston Tea Party 

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1774

Chief Cornstalk’s Earring in Winchester VA

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December 7  Four Shawnee Hostages come through Winchester VA

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1775

December 9  Battle of the Great Bridge.

Dunmore had taken refuge aboard a Royal Navy vessel. Dunmore’s forces had fortified one side of a critical river crossing south of Norfolk at Great Bridge, while rebel forces had occupied the other side. In an attempt to break up the rebel gathering, Dunmore ordered an attack across the bridge, which was decisively repulsed. Colonel William Woodford, the Virginia militia commander at the battle, described it as “a second Bunker’s Hill affair“.[2]  – wikipedia

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1776

January 1  The Burning of Norfolk.

British Royal Navy ships in the harbor of Norfolk, Virginia began shelling the town, and landing parties came ashore to burn specific properties. The town, whose significantly Tory (Loyalist) population had fled, was occupied by Whig (Revolutionary) forces from Virginia and North Carolina. Although these forces worked to drive off the landing parties, they did nothing to impede the progress of the flames, and began burning and looting Tory properties. -wikipedia

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1777

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First Map of Winchester VA by a Hessian Prisoner, Lt Andreas Wiederholdt —  other than James Wood’s plats

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1782

June 11  William Crawford, GW’s man from the beginning  and his land finder, is burned at the stake

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July 9  Horatio Gates at his place, Travelers Rest, celebrates anniversary of Braddock’s Defeat with Adam Stephen

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1802

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July 6 Daniel Morgan’s Grave Matters

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1804

Digging up Braddock’s Grave

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1808

Not French and Indian War related.  But this tells us that Winchester was in a trough and was water logged for years until a network of pipes were installed.  See this link supplied by our Linda Ross, former President of the French and Indian War Foundation.

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WINCHESTER CITY WATER SUPPLY HISTORY (1)

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1832

February 22  (New Style)  George Washington’s Centennial Birthday, but the nation is only 56 years old, having witnessed 6 years ago Jefferson and Adams dying on same day July 4, 1826,  and in this year of 1832 seeing Andrew Jackson run for his 2nd term.

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1908

Winchester city government purchases Washington Place, also known either as Washington’s Headquarters or Washington’s Office, located on northeast corner of Cork and Braddock streets in Winchester VA. See link under construction

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1913

October Braddock Memorial in Uniontown PA

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1915

May 27 Braddock Cannon Memorial in Winchester VA

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1916

November  The Confederate Statue  – Why would this be related to the French and Indian War in Winchester VA?

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1926

March 2 Winchester VA Street Names change back to their original French and Indian War names

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1930s

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A Model for decades sat inside that Washington Office Museum.

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1951

September 3. Life Magazine publishes article titled, “”Who Gets the General’s Body?” South Carolina comes to Mt Hebron Cemetery in Winchester VA to claim Daniel Morgan’s remains.

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1969

Month?  A 1780 Log Cabin moved from a corner of Braddock and Cork to the  site of Abram’s Delight, a stone building built 1754.

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1990

November  Allan Powell writes book on Fort Loudoun

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2002

Spring. French and Indian War Foundation is created

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August. 419 N Loudoun Street is purchased by the French and Indian War Foundation.  This is a portion of the site for Fort Loudoun, Winchester VA.

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2004

July 24  Young George Washington Statue dedicated

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2005

Date?  Daniel Morgan Statue in Winchester VA

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2006

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Norman Baker publishes Fort Loudoun book

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2013

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May 31  Drilling holes through a cement slab made in the 1930s to see The Well built by Washington’s men for the first time in about 80 years.

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July 2   Virginia State Landmark status achieved

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July 25  A camera goes down in the water in the well to see what is down there

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September 14  Ceremony inaugurating Audio Tour and New Sign

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2014

April 12.  The Pig.

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July 12  Fort Loudoun Landmark National status achieved

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2016

February 22 Creation of the Captain George Mercer Company living history group

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August Wilbur S Johnston publishes book on James Wood, founder of Winchester VA

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November 6  Norman Baker brings new book, Braddock’s Road Atlas     at the French and Indian War Foundation’s Annual Meeting.

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2017

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June 17  Fairfax County 275th Anniversary, Mercer Company attends.

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September 14  A Wooden Sculpture at Lake George NY.

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August  Mercer Company first time at Fort Frederick MD

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September  Mercer Company observes for 1st time the Battle of the Great Cacapon.  A Fall date was selected for better weather. The battle occurred April 18, 1756.

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2018

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February 19  Presidents Day. The Captain Mercer Company of the Virginia Regiment is on Hagerstown Maryland Channel 10 LocalDVM TV.

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May First time Mercer Company appears at Fort Ashby

May Rainy day for Fort Loudoun Day

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June 16  Mercer Company at Fort Edwards Heritage Days

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July 21 2nd year of Middletown’s Patriot Day … 2nd time for Mercer Company too

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July 22 Reenacting the 1758 election of Colonel George Washington to the House of Burgesses

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October 20 Mercer Company observes for 2nd time the Battle of the Great Cacapon.  A Fall date was  selected for better weather. The battle occurred April 18, 1756.

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CLICK ON THE FUTURE

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BACK TO THE FUTURE?

THINGS YOU THOUGHT WERE FROM ANOTHER WAR

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LIBERTY BELL

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YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

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JOIN OR DIE SNAKE

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GOODY TWO SHOES

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Great topo map for reference on the contour of this land

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