Invitation to participate for British units, forwarded to the British Brigade on 24 September 1999.
It was a curious field of battle for the opening of the revolution: 20 miles of winding hilly road connecting a port city and several country towns. But word of the fighting on Lexington Green, at the North Bridge, and on the road to Boston raced throughout the American colonies to unite men and women behind the rebel cause.
What had begun as a struggle between British authorities, determined to enforce the rightful will of Parliament, and the Boston wags, just as determined to cause trouble, soon escalated into a rebellion which lasted more than eight years.
Today, much of that country road is now suburban roads of Metro Boston, but the Battle Road 2000 event still follows generally the same route, passing the sites of the most bitter fighting and the buildings that stood nearby.
It all began on the Battle Road. The Battle Road 2000 event recreates the confrontations that took place 225 years ago, the first day of the War of American Independence, through marches, tactical battlefield demonstrations, and commemorative observances.
This series of events, to be held April 14-17, 2000, is designed to transport the observer to another time and place, to better understand how these common men played an important role in this crucial day in history. It will be a weekend of energetic, colorful activity.
We aim to attract 1200 living history demonstrators who will portray 1770's period militia for Eastern Massachusetts and British Regulars. The weekend will include demonstrations of colonial life, military drills, marches, battle tactics, music and other entertainment in keeping with the event.
An application form is attached to this memo and should be returned to the Committee no later than December 8, 1999. Please note the following in filling out your form.
We have some very exciting activities planned. We are working on organizing activities the week before Battle Road.
Event highlights include:
There are two important points to remember:
If your unit is interested in attending Battle Road 2000 please fill out the enclosed form and return it to me by December 8, 1999 at the absolute latest. If you have any questions call (xxx) xxx-xxxx. Thank you for your interest and I hope that you will join in celebrating our time-honored legacy in the new millennium.
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