Friday, May 30, 2014
First Siege: Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Meigs
This year's First Siege weekend was at its customary three-day Memorial weekend dates. Here's a reenactor's view of the action:
Eventually most of them came and joined us. "Hurry up and wait" is usually the order of the day while skirmish lines and artillery exchange pot shots.
As a rule, flintlock weapons tend to be temperamental and have good and bad days, depending on the humidity, fouling on the lock, and the sharpness and size of the flint. My musket, for once, was going off every time I loaded and pulled the trigger. I had chosen the magic flint! Even though we were supposed to lose, and most of my platoon went down with imaginary wounds, I kept at it until the barrel and lock became too hot to handle (when you see a leather sling on a musket, it's best use is as a potholder-- the barrel isn't red hot but it will scorch like a simmering tea kettle!).
We were surrounded and the gig was up, so at last I took a hit and staggered to my knees with a non-fatal wound. Another private from the 17th Infantry spotted me and helped me off to safety. We were the only survivors of the regular company... We made it back to the motley ranks of the volunteers, who promptly surrendered. It was that or run off into the parking lot.