Thursday, March 29, 2012

Drums Along the Duck

Has it really been nearly a year since this was updated? We'll have to do better...

Well, it's finally arrived. The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is upon us, and the members of REGAL are busy preparing for the Muster on the Trace event scheduled for May 26 and 27. This will be a weekend long event hosted by the 7th U.S. Infantry reenactment group and will take place at the magnificent Gordon Ferry site, part of the Natchez Trace National Park. Find more information here:

The event is set just prior to the outbreak of the War of 1812, at a time when suspicion and hostility between Tennessee's citizens and the neighboring Muskogee Creek nation to the south flared into open violence. The militia mustered and prepared to march south into Alabama and the entire region came to the brink of war. Members of REGAL will be portraying Tennesseans of all walks of life responding to the crisis.

But what does that mean? What did a Tennessean look like in 1812?

The next few blog posts will be an attempt to put together some simple guidelines aimed at portraying the citizens of the area at this time in history. It is not intended to be comprehensive by any means. Nor is it meant to be an encompassing look at clothing of the era. Instead, we'll be looking at some of the slender threads of evidence as to what an average Tennessee man or woman specifically might have worn, and (hopefully) why he or she would have worn it. So stay tuned, and watch this spot. More to come!

But next...a detour forward in time.

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