This past August, it was time once again to commemorate
the Battle of Brooklyn in Green-Wood Cemetery. HUZZAH!
Held every year on or near the anniversary of its actual
occurrence (August 27, 1776), the Battle re-enactment
concludes an annual series of events and activities known
as Battle Week.
As usual, I participated by doing an 18th century cooking
demonstration. My menu featured Mr. Sea Bass, whose
preliminary prep was covered in a previous post, and
what I call “soldier’s bread,” which is a simple flatbread
made of flour (a Revolutionary War soldier’s daily rations
often included one pound of flour) and water, maybe with
a little salt, if and when it was available. Both were either
strapped or spread on a plank and set to cook near the fire.
Before long, we had tasty fish and bread to eat.
Of course, getting photos was NOT easy! I was too busy
getting things set up or stuffing Mr. Sea Bass* or talking
to visitors…I tell you, it was like a multi-ring circus! I did,
however, manage to get a few, as you’ll see below.
Several members of The Order of the Ancient and Honorable
Huntington Militia did a practice drill:
The Militia also provided the cannon and supervised its firing:
His Majesty’s Highlanders:
Young Master Poppe of the Huntington Militia dug my fire pit:
A jolly good job he did, too. Thank you, young Sir! And so,
the “soldier’s bread” and Mr. Sea Bass were set fireside
on their respective planks:
Of course, those dang Redcoats won the Battle of Brooklyn, but
WE won the War! HUZZAH!!!
I love this next set of photos! Earlier in the day, I just happened
to see the three horses arrive in their trailer. The sole white one
had its head out the window, just like a dog!
I think I heard it say, “Who you callin’ silly?!? Not me. No way!”
The vehicle stopped momentarily, so I went over to check out
the horse and stroke its soft muzzle. Then I shot a close-up.
Hmmm, it seems to be saying, “Oh, yes, THIS is my best side!”
Overall, this year’s Battle re-enactment was a great success.
And there were many more participants, as well as visitors.
The number of various media-types hanging ’round was also
impressive. One fellow even stuck his camera right down by,
and practically IN, my fire and clicked away. Another gal, who
was a journalism graduate student at Columbia University,
spent about 20 minutes interviewing me. It was all pretty
And finally, a great set of photos taken during the event can
be seen HERE. I will say, out of all the shots taken, THIS is my
favorite, showing me and Mr. Half-Eaten Sea Bass. HUZZAH!
*In case you’re wondering, Mr. Sea Bass was stuffed with forcemeat
made of minced marjoram and parsley, a finely-chopped hard-boiled
egg yolk, a bit of butter, and grated bread crumbs. And if the verdicts
of the soldiers are to be believed, he was mighty tasty! HUZZAH!