The high degree of authenticity experienced at the reenactment is a testament to the dedication of the participants. I heard from one of the soldiers, “What you see, is how it was.” What I find interesting is the variety of militia dress, and military uniforms on both sides of the conflict. The crescent moon on the helmets of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, shown below, is a fascinating example.
You can also see the crescent moon shaped gorget around the neck of the officer in the foreground. During Middle Ages, the gorget was the part of a knight’s armor, which protected the throat. By the 18th century, smaller silver and gold gorgets were worn by officers in most European armies. The “Liberty” inscribed crescent moon first appeared in 1775 on the South Carolina battle flag of Colonel William Moultrie as he successfully defended Sullivan’s Island against the British fleet, saving Charleston.
The need to sustain a military presence in various parts of the world forced King George to sign treaties with several German principalities. He would “lease” German troops to help quell the American rebellion. The Hessian Musketeer Regiment von Bose was under the command of Cornwallis in the American Southern Campaign.
The 71st Regiment of Foot was raised from several Scottish clans in April of 1776. They served in many northern campaigns before being sent to support Cornwallis in the south. During the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, they supported the British right. They were sometimes referred to as Fraiser’s Highlander’s.
The image below represents “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, as Lieutenant Colonel of Lee’s Legion. His Legion of mixed corps of cavalry and light infantry supported Greene in several battles and skirmishes. His Legion is also known for numerous raids behind enemy lines, reconnaissance and surveillance, and guerilla warefare. Lee is also the father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
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