In Preparation for the “Severe Season of the Year” Winter Living History Event
Contact: Kelly Cardwell, (315)338-7730
Contact: William Sawyer, (315)338-7730
At Fort Stanwix, it was hard work for soldiers to survive the cold New York winter and spring. Soldiers endured the hardships of winter with ragged clothing, rotted bedding and blankets, and the knowledge that enemy raiding parties could still attack at any time. Yet the work had to continue. Throughout the winter wood was gathered and cut for fires. In spring the ground was prepared so that seeds could immediately be sewn for vegetables. Lumber was always needed to repair the fort walls. All the while every day work of the soldiers’ and their families had to continue. Work like drill, guard duty, and even clothing repair was year round routine.
Did You Know?
At the time of the American Revolution, boys as young as 14 could become an officer in the British Army, and command men 2 to 3 times their age.