Compatriot Members of the Connecticut Line CTSSAR,
I just wanted to report on the Independence Day Weekend Encampment at Mount Washington, NH. and the Independence Day Parade in Columbia, CT. Both were very successfull. We had a total of 12 members at the Mt. Washington Event, and 10 at the Parade in Columbia. In Columbia, we were presented a 3rd Place Ribbon for Adult Marching Unit for the 2009 Parade last year. So we have a 2nd place for 2007, 1st Place for 2008, and 3rd place for 2009.(we did not have many members march last year)
Colonel’s Compliments to the members of the Line who took part in the Battle scenarios at Mount Washington on Saturday and Sunday. GREAT Job!!! Looking around us after the battle, and seeing all the spent cartridges, there was no doubt, we fired more cartridges then anyone on the field, particularly on Sunday. Speaking for myself, I threw my empty wooden block on the ground and was grabbing reserve cartridges kept below. We also received very nice compliments from the Event Commander. We also had the opportunity to see some wildlife up there, including a Gray Fox and a bear.
We have 1 MORE encampment this year, October 1 – 3, 2010 in Lebanon, CT., to commemorate Gov. Jonathan Trumbull’s 300th Birthday. We want to make sure that we are ALL there for that.
Also, compliments to Major Michael Juhase who commanded the skirmish line in the Columbia Parade. The Line looked Good!!! The public really liked the musket firing, and it was good practice for the Veterans Day Parade coming up in November.
Our next event is Sailfest this weekend at the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse in New London. Bring your muskets, but NO cartridges. Per city orders, we will NOT be firing. I will be there on Saturday, from around 8:00 AM to most likely closing at 5:00 PM. Major, bring the box of wooden muskets, we may have the opportunity to demonstrate 18th c. drill with visitors.
If you are on the Connecticut SAR Facebook Page, event photos are posted, if not, photos will be posted this week at: www.ConnecticutLine.org.
Put your faith in God and keep your powder dry,
Todd Gerlander, Colonel Commanding