Virtual Tour Stop 8

Several British officers sit down to a meal in camp.  A young man serves the meal.
Several British officers sit down to a meal in camp.  Like the American officers, they enjoyed many luxuries in camp, including better food, better and more table settings, and the use of good furniture.

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THE BRITISH CAMP

This was the main British camp. Here, thousands of soldiers cooked, ate, slept, practiced marching and musket use, stood guard duty, cut wood, got water, and waited …and then waited some more.

The commanding officers kept the men busy with hours upon hours of practice and other camp work. They also spent many hours planning what to do.

 
A group of British soldiers and camp followers crowd under a canvas tarp as they sit down to a camp meal.  A small campfire sends smoke into the air in the foreground.
A group of British soldiers and camp followers crowds under a canvas tarp as they sit down to a meal in camp.  Soldiers and camp followers (often wives and children) enjoyed few amenities.

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Three young men in British uniform march in formation in front of their unit drummer.
Three British soldiers march in formation in front of their unit drummer.  Soldiers would drill, or practice, for hours at a time to become proficient in marching and fighting in formation.

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A member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Mohawk Nation, working with the British Army.
A member of the Iroquois Confederacy, Mohawk Nation, working with the British Army.  He is dressed and equipped in traditional fashion.

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Last updated: February 26, 2015

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