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First Foot Guards

225th Anniversary
Burning of Kingston

18-20 October 2002



20 BROADWAY 845 331-7517



225th Burning of Kingston

Oct. 18-20, 2002

Dear Friends:
August, 2002

The City of Kingston and I wish to thank you for your upcoming participation in the 225~ Burning of Kingston Reenactment. The weekend promises to be action pacted, and exciting for all. Enclosed you will find copies of the upcoming schedule, maps, and other information about Kingston. It is our hope to make your stay both memorable and welcome!
As stated before, the City of Kingston will provide wood, water, straw, and restroom facilities. There will also be a powder allowance of one pound per man-at-arms for each unit. This allowance will be based on the Saturday morning return made during the morning inspection, and participation in the morning tactile. Both the American and British field commanders will sign off for the returns for the morning tactical participation. The powder will be distributed later that afternoon at the evening Officers Call.
Dinner is being provided for all participants on Saturday Evening, and is being provided by the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA). Dinner will be served at camp at 5:00
p.m. Please bring your own plate, cup, and eating utensils.
We would like to encourage early arrivals for those who wish to participate in the Friday evening activities. It is our hope to have a British War Council at the Maritime Museum docks, at 6:30 p.m., and later the Patriot Commiffee of Safety Meeting at the Hoffinan House Tavern at 8:00 p.m. To help facilitate this, the camp site will be open and ready for arrivals at 12:00 Noon on Friday for registration and set up.
We also wish to encourage all non-combatants to participate in the Uptown Evacuation on Saturday Afternoon. We want to encourage both Wigs and Loyalist views to be represented, as the recreation of the fleeing citizens of Kingston takes place starting at the Senate House, and follow the route of the afternoon battle, just prior to the British arrival. Following the uptown baffle, a "Field Hospital" will be set up on the Old Dutch Church Grounds, so all Doctor/Medical demonstrators are asked to set up and "operate" at the Church and treat the wounded.
Saturday Evening will include the usual camp candlelight tours from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. for the public. There will also be the 2~ Grand Ball held this year at the Church of the Comforter starting with dance instruction from 6:30 to 7:00, followed by the Grand Ball from 7:00 till 10:00. Period tea, and other light refreshment will be available, as well as a shuffle from the camp to the Ball site.
Unfortunately, we are unable to have a period service at the Old Dutch Church. We would like to encourage a period camp service. Any who can help with this, please let us know as soon as possible. On Sunday morning, a Continental breakfast will be provided to all

participants in camp at the Pavilion at 8:00 a.m. Again, please bring your own cup and plate. The camp opens to the general public at 10:00 a.m., and all Umts are encouraged to have their own period demonstrations for the public in the morning hours. The Tactical Demonstration will be at the Newcomb Field from 1:00 p.m. to about 2:30. Transportation from camp to the field and back will be provided. The break-down of the camp may begin at 3:30 p.m.
For the upcoming Booklet commemoration the 225~ Event, we request any and all information about your unit's history (both historically and current) that you would like to share with the public and have added to the publication. Please have all print material sent to us a soon as possible.
Again, thank You for participating in Kingston's 22S~ Event. We look forward to seeing you soon! Those with landing craft, we ask that you please fill out the enclosed stipend form so that your checks will be ready upon your arrival. If you have any questions, please contact me at 845-331-0874 during the day or at 845-246-63 OS in the evenings.

Your Humble and Obedient Servant

Ben Carlos, Event Coordinator
657 Kings Highway
Saugerties, NY 12477
Ph. 845/331-0874 (days) 845/246-6305 (evenings)


225th Burning of Kingfton

Oct. 18-20, 2002

Friday, Oct.18, 2002

12:00 Noon, Camp Open to arriving Reenactors. Registration Open, Forsyth Park
6:30-7:30 p.m. British War Council (?) Maritime Museum
8:00-9:00 p.m. Committee of Safety Meeting, Hoffinan House Tavern
12:00 a.m. Registration Closes For the night.

Saturday, Oct.19, 2002

6:30 a.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. Officers Call, wood pavilion
8:30 a.m. Troop Formation, Safety Inspection, Camp Open to Public
8:45-9:30 a.m. Troops load to buses & transports to Kingston Point
10:00-11:00 a.m. Baffle at Kingston Point Park - British Landing
11:30 - Troops transported back to camp. Break on own for lunch.
1:00 p.m. Non-combatants meet at Senate House, Troop Formation & Safety Inspection British bused to Start off point for Uptown Baffle, Americans March to site.
1:30 pm. Civilian Evacuation of Kingston
2:00 - 3:00 Street Baffle of Kingston Stockade District.
3-4:30 p.m. British Occupation of Kingston Stockade District, Surgical Demo at Old Dutch Church Yard.
4:30 p.m. Officers Call- Black Powder Mlotment, wood pavilion in camp.
5:00 p.m. KUBA dinner for reenactors at pavilion
6:30-8:30 p.m. Candlelight tours of Camp for public. Dance instruction at Church of the Comforter/Grand Ball Site- Shuffle Bus at Dietz Stadium behind camp.
7-10:00 p.m. Grand Ball at Church of the Comforter.
10:30 p.m., camp closed - All Quiet

Sunday, Oct.20, 2002

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast at pavilion
9:00 a.m. Officers Call at Pavilion
10:00 a.m. Cainps Open To Public - Unit Demonstrations
10:30 a.m. - Camp Church Service (?)
12:00 Noon Jroop Formation and Safety Inspections
!2:30 p.m. Troops Transported to Newcomb Property
1-2:00 p.m. Tactical Demonstration, Newcomb Field
2:25 p.m. Troops transported back to camp.
3:30 p.m. Camp Break-down may begin, camp closed to public.

Event Command

The event has a command structure in place that has the final ~i'~rd in all situations, hov'ever, suggestions are always appreciated.

Although ve recognize, and even belong to many of the blanket organizations, each unit will attend as a separate entity, maintaining their own Regimental command structure. Blanket organizations will be brigaded together if ~ are notified in ad~nce.
No Damacie: to trees, plants, animals, or structures is alloved. No treesmaybecut.

Historic Site Access: Participants will have free access to the Historic Site irwolved in the program. Special hours will be scheduled for interested participants.

Campsite Regulations

As stated before, there will be a Provost for the entire veeekend, and ~ expect you will cooperate with their requests. Event Provost reports directly to the event Military Coordinators.

Event Regulations

Please take a moment to read the following regulations which govern the activities of all participants at the site. Failure to abide by these rules may result in your being asked to leave the evenL

Parkim and vehicles: Participants are not to park in the public parking lots at anytime. Parking for participants is in the designated area only. We must have roam for the visiting public to park, and this rule will be strictly enforced. You will be issed a sticker at the time of registration which must be allixed to your windshield, so that ve may identify vehicles belonging to participants. Vehicles may be driven into camp to set up, but ve ask that you remove them immediately after loading or unloading equipment. The camp is open to vehicles fiom 12:00 noon on Friday, October ~ through 10:00 am on Saturday, October

Modem Camoinci: Is a"ailable for those not camping 1&h Century

style at

1. No vehicles will be alloveed in the camp without proper documentation. YOU MUST GO TO REGISTRATION FIRST.

2. All vehicles entering camp will have 30 minutes to unload, then they must be removed. The parking area is in the samefield as the camp, so there is no excuse for vehicles remaining in camp overnight.

3. There will be a camp Provost for the entire veeekend, monitoring vehicles, and making sure an 1&h Century atmosphere is maintained. Please cooperitte.

4. There will be no indhiiciual fires. All participants must use the fire pits, and fires must be attended at all times.

5. There is no curfew, but please be considerate of your brother and sister re~nactors by monitoring your noise level.

6. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibitetl until the end of the days public acUvities.

Re~rt all problems ar~or needs to the officer of the day in your respective camps. There tents should be clearly marked.

Fires: Fires are to be built only in the fire pits provided, and should not be left unattended at any time. Please try to keep fires small to conserve the sul'ply of fire~~vl. All fires are to be extinguished, completely, prior to your departure at the end of the event. Fires may not be built in any other area.

Firearms: Only period or reproduction black po'dder aims may be possessed on the site grounds; modem firearms are strictly prohibited, and may not be carried on your person or in your vehicle. Black povider arms are to be discharged only as part of a demonstration.

Hunting: Hunting, or the discharge of anything other than a blank cartridge is strictly prohibited.

Swimming: Swimming is prohibited at all times any'vbere on the site grounds.

Cleanliness of area: Trash cans and garbage bags will be provided. Please try to leave the area as clean or cleaner tan you found it. If cans become full, notify a member of the site staff, and more cans will be provided.

8. in the case of emergency, report to the Command tent in each camp.

9. All firelocks, cartridges, bulk pov'der, and edged veapons or tools must be monitored or secured at all times.

10. No rolling of cartridges is permitted in camp.

11. Please use proper waste recepticals.

Safetv Rules

The following are some of the basic rules of safety that will insure that you will have an enjoyable time.

Black powder must be careed in priming tubes, po'dder horns, or in pre-formed cartridges. NO BULK po~~der is permitted.

Cartridges for demonstration will be constructed of paper, rolled in the 1&h Century manner and either glued ortied - NO STAPLES.

Cartridges will only be camed while doing a demonstration for the public or during a tactical demonstration. At all other times, cartridges must be secured so that visitors do not have access to them.

Responsibility for securing a musket lies with the indMdual. A stand of arms is not acceptable if left unattended.

No firearm shall be pointed at another person and no weapon discharged towerd or over people except as allowed during tactical weapons demonstrations.

No one from the public will handle a loaded firearm or discharge a weapon.

There will be no demonstration of '.napid firing~.

All flintlock.~ mu~ be equipped with leather frizzen covers and flash guards.

All replica knifes, axes, and other cutting tools used in active demonstration shall have sturdy sheattls or scabbards in place whenever the tool is not used.

All replica knives, axes, polearms, s~~rds, or bayonets used for passi~~ demonstrations shall have dull edges and blunted points.

Ramrods will remain in place at all times.

Absolutely no wedding will be used at any time.

During the course of a tactical demonstration, troop movements and firing shall be in a direct parallel to and'or awey from spectators.

During a tactical demonstration, weapons may be discharged at opposing forces only if aimed over the participants heads. Firing must cease when units approach to within 100 feet.

During a tactical demonstration, bayonets may be fixed upon prior approval of the Military Coordinators and on order.

At the conciusion of a tactical demonstration, indiv~duaI unIt commanders will verify that all weapons are cleared prior to that unit being allo~ to leave the field. Misfires will be cleared in a duly designated ~ area.

Aitille~ Replica artillery pieces shall only be used for demonstrations and shall be constructed of cast iron or bronze. Iron guns will be fitted with a steel sleeve in accordance with BA.R. standards.

Multiple firing of artillery will only take place by command and only after double sDonging and double v'~rming.

Artillery cartridges are to consist of po~nder, plastic wrap and aluminum foil only- no wedding is permitted.

Priming tubes and linstocks are preferred means of ignition for artillery.

If a priming tube is used, it shall contain only enough povder for the immediate demonstration and a possible misfire.

The event Military Coordinators in conjunction with the Site1s Principals will designate an Inspector of Artillery for the event, whose responsibility shall be the inspection and insurance of the sale condition for firing each artillery piece.

It is the responsibility of all concerned to be aware of procedures, lccaUons, and conduct of all demonstrations.



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