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
xx Xxxx Xx
Xxxx, XX xxxxx
(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Muster at Buckman Tavern
25 March 2000

Also resolved, That the security of the lives, liberty, and properties of the inhabitants of this Province, depend, under Providence, on their knowledge and skill in the art of military, and in their being properly and effectually armed and equipped, it is therefore recommended that they immediately provide themselves therewith; that they use their utmost diligence to perfect themselves in military skill; and that, if any of the inhabitants are not provided with arms and ammunition according to the law, and that, if any Town or District within the Province, is not provided with the full town stock of arms and ammunition, according to law, that the Selectmen of such Town or District take effectual care, without delay, to provide the same.
The Massachusetts Provincial Congress
Thursday, October 27, 1774


On behalf of the Lexington Minute Men and the Battle Road Committee, I would like to extend an invitation to you and your unit to Muster Day 2000. Scheduled to occur on March 25, 2000 from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm, this event will take place outside Buckman's Tavern, the assembly point for the Lexington Training Band on April 18, 1775. Activities will range from battalion and company level drills to children's games.

More importantly, Muster Day 2000 will serve as the "kick-off" event to Battle Road 2000 - The 225th. Scheduled to take place April 14th through the 17th, Battle Road 2000 will be a unique celebration of the start of the American Revolution. Over 1600 reenactors from the United States, Canada, England and Russia are expected to attend. Over 250,000 spectators and tourists are anticipated to attend the multiple celebrations, reenactments, parades and historical presentations throughout the weekend.


All local units, interperters and musicians invited to participate in Battle Road 2000 MUST be present at Muster Day 2000 for weapon and clothing inspections. All participants of Battle Road 2000 will be inspected to ensure that they meet the BRC clothing and military guidelines and more importantly, authentically portray the clothing of 1775 Massachusetts. All members of your unit that wish to participate at Battle Road 2000 SHOULD attend. Muskets will be inspected to ensure they are authentic and in proper working order. Please Note: Muskets of Belgium origin are prohibited at Muster Day 2000 and Battle Road 2000.

Please be advised that if any individual, interperter musician or unit fails the clothing and weapon inspection, that person or unit MUST rectify the problem before April 14, 2000. If the offending item or items are not corrected, the individual or unit failing inspection will be EXCLUDED from participation in Battle Road. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.

Clothing and Equipment Requirements

The BRC clothing and military guidelines are in effect at Muster Day 2000. All participants are expected to assemble with clothing, weapons and equipment of the early 1770's period for Eastern Massachusetts. Please respect this rule throughout the day and leave all anachronisms at home. For further information regarding this rule, please refer to the clothing guidelines and military guidelines outlined by the Battle Road Committee.


We are looking for reenactors and units who are willing to demonstrate to the public: militia officer elections, formation of minute companies from militia companies, prayer service, punishment for failing to meet militia equipment laws and other first person demonstrations. We are also looking for individuals to perform spinning, weaving, wood working, iron working and other crafts. If interested, please contact Xxx Xxxx at xxx-xxx-xxxx or

Please Note: Due to the fact that tours will be conducted inside Buckman's Tavern by the Lexington Historical Society, craft activities will be restricted to outside the tavern. There will be no exceptions made. Sorry!

Lunch and Other Supplies

Lunch will not be provided at this event. Please be sure the members of your organization bring something to eat. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at this event. Anyone caught violating this policy will be asked to leave.

We are anticipating the firing of a "Feu de Joye" at the outset of Muster Day 2000. Please ensure that each of your members who will be falling in as a militia or minute man has three to five cartridges of 110 grain black powder.

Questions, Concerns, Comments

Any questions, concerns or comments should be addressed to Xxx Xxxxx, Lexington Minute Men, xx Xxxx Xx, Xxxx, XX xxxxx, xxx-xxx-xxxx,


(There will be an interpreters meeting starting around 2ish. Time and exact location are still to be confirmed.)
12:00 pmMuster Day Committee arrives to set up
12:30 - 1:00Unit check in
1:00 - 1:20Full regimental assembly
Opening Remarks
Firing Feu de Joye
1:30 - 2:301st Battalion drills on Field No. 1
3d Battalion drills on Field No. 3
2d Battalion assembles on Field No. 2 for clothing/equipment inspection and lunch
2:30 - 3:002d Battalion Drills on Field No. 3
3d Battalion assembles on Field No. 2 for clothing/equipment inspection and lunch
3:00 -3:301st Battalion assembles on Field No. 2 for clothing/equipment inspection and lunch
2:30 - 4:30Children's Games, Tug of War and Rounders on Field No. 1
Individual units may drill on Field No. 3
4:30 - 5:00Full Regimental Assembly and Drill
Dismissal by Colonel Xxxxx

Please Note: Assuming one is facing Buckman's Tavern with the Lexington Green behind oneself, Field No. 1 is to the left of the tavern, Field No. 2 is behind the tavern and Field No. 3 is to the right of the tavern. Spinning and weaving demonstrations will be set up near the entrance of the tavern. All other crafts will be set up behind Fields No. 2 and 3 near the Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center. Battalion assignments will be provided on March 25, 2000.

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