Episode-1381- Lessons from a Revolutionary War Reenactor

The 5th CR In Drill.

The 5th CR In Drill.

Sam Samson is a revolutionary war reenactor and as such is a member of the Fifth Connecticut Regiment.  The Fifth Connecticut Regiment is made up of people who are interested in the history of this country and teaching others through living history.

It was formed as a family group, encouraging women and children to participate as well. This gives us the ability to teach about other aspects of colonial life beyond the military. A good number of our members have been a part of this regiment for many years, some members have been active with us since 1974, when citizens first gathered to re-form the Fifth Connecticut Regiment.

The Fifth Connecticut Regiment was initially formed in May 1775, when the Connecticut legislature created six regiments in response to the hostilities begun at Lexington and Concord. The regiment was then composed almost entirely from officers and men of Fairfield County.

David Waterbury of Stamford was named first colonel. His fellow officers hailed from Greenwich, Stamford, Stratford, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Danbury, Greenfield Hill, Newtown, Ripton, New Fairfield, North Stratford and Redding.

In June 1775, the 5th was sent briefly to New York City, but by July began its northward trek along the Hudson River with town other Connecticut Regiments to invade Canada and secure Lakes George and Champlain. The regiment received its first hostile fire from a force of Indians just prior to laying siege to the British fort at St. John’s.

Together with New York troops they engaged in a long siege that eventually led to the capture of Fort St. John in early November. Brigaded under General David Wooster, the 5th then joined the van of American forces under General Richard Montgomery and marched to Canada ten days later.  These and other exploits form the basis for many of the units reenactments.

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8 Responses to Episode-1381- Lessons from a Revolutionary War Reenactor

  1. Hey Jack,
    Whats the name to the song, that you helped write? I’d like to post a link to it on my facebook, and maybe pick it up on itunes. Great song, and an Amazing podcast. Keep up the good work!

  2. So, where can we down load the song at?

  3. Brent Eamer

    My ancestors were from the Mohawk Valley in upper New York state, my great x whatever grandfather Peter Eamer , fled and lost all his land and came with a few shillings to New Johnstown (Now Cornwall Ontario) and started new.

  4. A good source for period clothing patterns is a company called Past Patterns:


    Not for the novice sewer, and unfortunately nothing from before 1830 but still easier than starting from scratch to recreate a historic garment.

    • Correction – on second look they have stuff starting from just after the war and I’d bet it hadn’t changed much in those few years.