Invitation to participate for British units, forwarded to the British Brigade on 24 September 1999.

Battle Road 2000 - The 225th

April 14 - 17, 2000

Our Heritage Through Living History

Battle Road

Lexington Minute Men

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

4th Middlesex Regiment/85ème Régiment de Saintonge

1st Foot Guards

5th Regiment of Foot

10th Regiment of Foot


Stand your ground; don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here. -Captain Parker

Whoever looks upon them as an irregular mob will find himself much mistaken, they have men amongst them who know very well what they are about. -Lord Percy


Xxx Xxxxx, Chairman
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Xxxx, XX xxxxx
(xxx) xxx-xxxx

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 are accepting only group applications. Individual living history demonstrators must be affiliated with a group.
  • All groups must have insurance; please send proof of insurance with your application.
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Event Safety

  • Safety guidelines are the BB/CL/BAR published guidelines. At certain sites, we are required to follow NPS guidelines (i.e., no opposed firing). More detailed safety guidelines will be included in the invitation to participate. In general: reproduction muskets (no Belgium Reproduction Flintlocks), frizzen covers and flash guards. Cartridges not to exceed 110 grains, cartridge boxes, no loading from horn, extra cartridges should be carried in aluminum foil. Edge weapons remain sheathed. No hand-to-hand combat, no looting of the dead. All participants must have a canteen or water bottle.
  • Battle Road is an event that requires marching between various sites. Please make sure that event participants are physically fit and are prepared to march 3 to 5 miles.

We have some very exciting activities planned. We are working on organizing activities the week before Battle Road.

Event highlights include:

  • The recreation of the capture of the engraver, Paul Revere.
  • The skirmish on Lexington Green.
  • A commemoration at the soldiers graves at the North Bridge.
  • A tactical war demonstration at Merriam's Corner.
  • The fight on Concord Hill.
  • Recreation of Percy's relief.
  • Field Hospital at Monroe Tavern.
  • Battles throughout historic Concord and Lexington.
  • A Sunday morning, 2 hour long tactical just for us.
  • Optional events on Sunday afternoon at the Jason Russell House. Information enclosed.

There are two important points to remember:

  • At this point in time, this is the only major event scheduled for the Year 2000.
  • This event will be a major powder burner. You and your unit has the potential of being in many different conflicts, so start rolling powder...

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.
Your most humble and obedient servant,
for the Battle Road Committee,

Xxx Xxxxx
1st Foot Guards
Battleroad Committee

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