MAJOR BOGART SPEAKS: 4th of July Muster Info, Parade on Wednesday and other STUFF

Framing the Declaration of Independence

To the Washington County Militia,

The Independence Muster is just around the corner. June 30th and July 1st. Please see the attached press release and schedule of events. I certainly hope that you all can attend. This is by far our most patriotic event, and highly attended by the public. Please make it if you can.

Also, I need to know who is interested in marching in the July 4th parade in Elizabethton. It is at 1:00 on Wednesday the 4th. Please let me know by this weekend if you can attend so I can get us registered if we have enough interest.

This Saturday is the event at James White’s Fort in Knoxville. This is a Cherokee Heritage Celebration with the highlight of the day being the reenactment of the signing of the Treaty of the Holston in 1791. Mark Finchum is in charge of this event and it has always been a relaxing and fun time. All are invited to attend.

Attention Ladies:

The unit is now equipped with all the “stuff” needed for a proper tea. I have had speaks with Ramona and she is of the mind to have a Ladies’ Tea/Social at every muster after the Sunday service. I think its a great idea and will offer an opportunity for the ladies of the unit to share and bond even more than usual. So, from now on the Sunday Tea/Social will be a regular part of the schedule. Ladies, you all coordinate this among yourselves.

Thank you all and take care,

Major Bogart

MOLLYNOTE: We now have 12 period cups, saucers and lids Blue Willow transfer ware, which with my own makes 18 total. I was thinking for this particular muster a cooling drink , orange honey tea and mulberry tea as they would have served it at the Edenton tea party in 1774. If you would like to bring some fruit or cookies, finger foods, everyone can have a small repast. I am going to make scones and cucumber – cheese pinafores. Let me know if you would like to bring  food for high tea.


Saturday, June 30th     


10:00 – Militia Inspection :  Raising the Colours

11:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration

12:00 – Kids Militia : Attention all able bodied kids! Fall in and drill with the Washington Co. Militia.

1:00 – Arrival of the Declaration of Independence: Document arrives by courier. Public reading followed by a short celebration.

2:00 – Tennessee’s official State Bell Ringing: Join the Sons of the Revolution as we honor the 13 original colonies. Musical honors provided by the Watauga Valley Fifes & Drums.

3:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration

4:00 – Retiring the Colours – Camps Close to the Public : Join us tomorrow  for a full day of 18th century living history.



Sunday, July 1st   


10:00 – Militia Inspection : Raising the colours,

11:00 –Worship Service : Join us for Sunday Service  


12:00 – Ladies’ Tea: Join the ladies of the settlement and defy crown law with a “Liberty Tea”. Learn about the famous Edenton Tea Party of 1774

1:00 – Kids Militia : Attention all able bodied kids! Fall in and drill with the Washington Co. Militia.

2:00 – Artillery Drill and Demonstration

3:00 – Retiring the Colours: Event closed to the public.




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