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Gloucester Museum of History hosts ‘Fire, Smoke & Muskets’ event

Gloucester’s historic court circle was sent back in time on Saturday, as the Gloucester Museum of History held “Fire, Smoke & Muskets: Gloucester 1781.” The event saw reenactors providing educational monologues and military demonstrations.

Despite the rainy weather, many came out to the festivities to witness the musket and cannon fire. Many of the reenactors came from the 7th Virginia Regiment. One of the members of the regiment is Gloucester High School history teacher Mike Cecere, who leads the regiment as its captain and conducted the demonstrations during the event.

TYLER BASS / GAZETTE-JOURNALMark Schneider portrayed Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton during Saturday’s events. Tarleton, who served under Lord Cornwallis, was an infamous British officer known for his vicious tactics and decisions.

Continental and British soldiers safely discharged volleys of musket and cannon fire behind the museum. Period-accurate tents, cookware, and music filled the environment to add t...

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