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PRESIDENTS DAY

 

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President’s Day 19 February 2018

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Written 2/20/2018 on Friends of Fort Loudoun page in Facebook:

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Photo by Scott Mason for the Winchester Star. Eric Bartok holds a flag, the ensign, representing the union of England and Scotland. The group is the Captain Mercer Company under Colonel George Washington of the Virginia Regiment. Photo taken of the group at Fort Loudoun Winchester VA on Presidents Day 19 February 2018.

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Yesterday we honored Yesterday.

It was President’s Day.

Tricky “Connect the Dots” situation.

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Here we are the Mercer’s Company

at the site of Fort Loudoun,

Winchester VA,

under a Colonel George Washington

still under the Crown of England.

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Honoring a day for a postion

not even invented yet.

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Thank You Tony Elar Jr.. for leading the way on this event. 

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This is the first Presidents Day honored on the site of Fort Loudoun Winchester VA.

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Great job by both Tony and Eric Bartock and Stevan Resan speaking to Channel 10 News !!!

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The man who designed and supervised Fort Loudoun construction was George Washington, a British citizen, and he is 24 through 26, leading men younger and older, leading the protection of Virginia, the Long Knives as known to all the Indian Nations.

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See video from Channel 10 News, LocalDVM:

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http://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/living-history-event-showcases-george-washingtons-ties-to-winchester/981936391

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See slideshow below this video.
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A Young George Washington?

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Our historian Norman Baker, a veteran of WWII in Iwo Jima and of the Korean War, says George Washington at that age is actually a hardened veteran of several horrific battles., especially Braddock’s Defeat, which had a kill ratio greater than Iwo Jima.

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British ensign Flag held by Eric Bartock and followed by the Captain George Mercer Company of the Virginia Regiment under Colonel George Washington, Presidents Day 19 February 2018 at the site of Fort Loudoun Winchester VA.

Why does the French and Indian War Foundation celebrate this day?  Especially since Winchester was still British?

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Our time period hasn’t even invented the position of President yet !

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But actually it did.

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All the Court Martial Trials held at Fort Loudoun Winchester VA, home of the French and Indian War Foundation,  had as head of the jury a position called”President.”

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But why do we of the British era celebrate Presidents Day?

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Because our commander was a “young” Colonel George Washington.  He designed this fort and supervised its construction.  He was between 24 and 26 of age.  But he was already a veteran of horrific battle.

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So near our fort site at an old courthouse, George Washington ran for office first here in Winchester VA.

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Young

That plaque mentions the word twice.

But we’ve seen the WWII movies where someone is called “Pops.”

And he was really only in his 20s.

And our historian, Norman Baker, mentions this.

And he knows.

He was on Iwo Jima.

Anyone who was a year or two in war, or

who had been in real battle once or twice

got the veteran tag, the “look”, the knowledge …

So too was George Washington a veteran.

Having seen how things can really, really go wrong

on a long journey to & back (Journey to Fort LeBeouf)

or in victory (the Battle of Jumonville)

or in defeat  (Fort Necessity July 3, 1754)

or in major horror  ( Braddock’s Defeat July 9, 1755),

you saw “experience” in a man, a tall leader, a veteran.

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Presidents Day 2017


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Re-enactors promote history in Presidents Day visit to Washington’s office

  • By CHRISTOPHER EARLEY | The Winchester Star
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French and Indian War re-enactor Jim Moyer (from left), Eric Cherry, re-enactor Charles Harbaugh IV and Brian Daly talk Monday outside George Washington’s Office Museum for Presidents Day – photo by Scott Mason for the Winchester Star

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WINCHESTER — In honor of Presidents Day and the area’s rich presidential history, several people came to George Washington’s Office Museum to honor the man who became the nation’s first president.

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Operated by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, the museum at the corner of Cork and Braddock streets is open from April 1 to Oct. 31, though it typically hosts an event on the third Monday in February for Presidents Day.

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This year, however, minor maintenance and repairs at the museum curtailed the annual Presidents Day event, said Cissy Shull, the historical society’s executive director.

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That didn’t stop Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV and French and Indian War Foundation member Jim Moyer from making an appearance outside the museum dressed in period uniforms, fully equipped with Brown Bess muskets.

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According to the historical society, the building that houses the museum was used as a military office by Washington from September 1755 to December 1756, while Fort Loudoun was being constructed on the north side of Winchester.

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French and Indian War re-enactor Jim Moyer (from left), Eric Cherry, re-enactor Charles Harbaugh IV and Brian Daly talk Monday outside George Washington’s Office Museum for Presidents Day — photo by Scott Mason for the Winchester Star

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Moyer said his uniform is similar to what George Washington would have worn during the French and Indian War, the conflict that launched his military service.

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Wearing the uniforms and displaying the muskets — which are replicas of those used during the period — bring history to life, Harbaugh and Moyer said.

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“It’s fun to be in an area so rich with history and so rich with presidential history,” Harbaugh said. “And it’s fun for spectators, too, to try on the hats and hold the gun and wear the wig.”

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French and Indian War re-enactor Charles Harbaugh IV stands outside George Washington’s Office Museum on Monday afternoon on Presidents Day. — photo by Scott Mason for the Winchester Star

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Harbaugh said he would like to see larger re-enactment events in the area for Presidents Day, similar to the one he recently attended at the Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site in Alexandria, which featured 100 re-enactors and a solid turnout of spectators.

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“People would love to do that here, especially because it’s a day off,” Harbaugh said. “We could really start something here with this, and it could have a great economic impact.”

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— Contact Christopher Earley at cearley@winchesterstar.com

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