Battle of the Hook reenactment expected to attract 1,000+ soldiers

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Mar 13, 2013 - 02:05 PM

Photo: American troops, led by their musicians in reversed colors (red with blue facings), march off the field during the 2008 Battle of the Hook reenactment. American, British and French forces will return to Gloucester in October to do battle in the fields around Warner Hall. File photo

American troops, led by their musicians in reversed colors (red with blue facings), march off the field during the 2008 Battle of the Hook reenactment. American, British and French forces will return to Gloucester in October to do battle in the fields around Warner Hall. File photo

The British will be coming back to Gloucester, including more than 1,000 reenactors to commemorate the American, English and French soldiers who fought the conclusion of the American Revolution in Gloucester and Yorktown.

Warren Deal, chairman of the Return to the Battle of the Hook reenactment, presented the plans for a second major event to be held Oct. 19-20 on the grounds of Warner Hall, home of George Washington’s ancestors, at the March meeting of the Gloucester Board of Supervisors.

The first Battle of the Hook reenactment, held in 2008, drew nearly 1,500 reenactors and 8,000 spectators.

Deal said he expects October’s event to be the largest Revolutionary War reenactment in the United States in 2013.

"The Revolutionary War reenactment celebrated General Washington’s victory over the British Army," Deal said. "Historic battles will be brought to life by living historians. Recreated military units from across the country will encamp near the actual battlefields where the American Revolution was won after six long years of fighting."