Battle of the Hook Schedule of Events

The British are coming back, with the Americans and French, too. And now we know exactly what time. On October 19-20, 2013, the Allies will engage the British Legion and other Crown forces here at the Inn at Warner Hall in a reenactment of the 1781 Battle of the Hook that took place in Gloucester County, helping win the Siege of Yorktown and America’s independence.

A full schedule of events for the event – the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in the country – was released this week for the community. Save the date! Mark the times! Come join us for this priceless (free and open to the community) family event!

Saturday, October 19 at the Inn at Warner Hall

9 a.m.

-Site opens to the public.

-Live field archeology dig and demonstration on the grounds of historic Warner Hall.

-Display of actual artifacts from the Battle of the Hook and related historical paintings and art.

-Period music, civilian and military.

-18th century farm setting with live animals.

-Colonial tavern demonstration.

-Dramatic presentations.

-Camp life in the British, French, and American camps.

-Display of art and writings done in commemoration of the Hook.

-Period sutlers and craftsmen displaying and selling their wares.

-Food service.

9:30 to 10 a.m.

-Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Warner/Lewis Cemetery

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

-Battalion Drill.

10 to 10:30 a.m.

-Artillery demonstration, battlefield.

11 to 11:30 a.m.

-French Boat Landing and Skirmish.

-Colonial Ladies Program.

1:30 to 2 p.m.

-Cavalry Demonstration, battlefield.

 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

-Battle of the Hook, battlefield, all troops.

Sunday, October 20 at the Inn at Warner Hall

10 a.m.

-Site opens to the public.

-Live field archeology dig and demonstration on the grounds of historic Warner Hall.

-Display of actual artifacts from the Battle of the Hook and related historical paintings and art.

-Period music, civilian and military.

-18th century farm setting with live animals.

-Colonial tavern demonstration.

-Dramatic presentations.

-Camp life in the British, French, and American camps.

-Display of art and writings done in commemoration of the Hook.

-Period sutlers and craftsmen displaying and selling their wares.

-Food service.

10:15 to 10:40 a.m.

-Period Church Service.

11 to 11:30 a.m.

-British Boat Landing, and Skirmish.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

-Attack on the Gloucester Redoubts, Battlefield, all troops.

4 p.m.

-Event closes

The reenactment will bring together more than 1,000 infantry, cavalry, artillery and maritime landing reenactors from across the country.

This is the second Battle of the Hook reenactment. The first also took place here at Warner Hall nearly five years ago.

The events leading up to the Revolutionary War’s Yorktown Campaign and the subsequent victory of the Allies that insured the independence of the United States are well known. Less well known is the Battle of the Hook – the battle that took place across the York River from Yorktown 16 days before the British capitulation. Although rather brief, it included the largest cavalry engagement of the war, with more than 500 horsemen involved.

The Battle of the Hook reenactment in Gloucester is being financed entirely by donations, including the educational programs.

Donations are tax deductible and checks should be made out to First Virginia Regiment and mailed to Battle of the Hook c/o First Virginia Regt., 1596 N. Village Rd., Reston, VA 20194.

Learn more about the Battle of the Hook here.

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