Monday, May 15, 2017
Lebanon Tercentennial Revolutionary War Encampment/Reenactment, Lebanon, Connecticut, September 2000.
Tercentennial Celebration (300th Birthday) of the
Town of Lebanon, Connecticut
Revolutionary War Encampment/Reenactment
Lebanon Green, Lebanon, Connecticut
September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000
This was a great event to celebrate the tercentennial of the town of Lebanon, Connecticut. This was also the first time I camped out on the Lebanon Green. As Captain of the 11th Regiment of Connecticut Militia, a rank I have held since its founding in May 1995, now in its 23rd year, and some 572+ events later, which I recently documented for an upcoming twenty five year anniversary publication. The unit has participated in Revolutionary War events throughout New England, and as far south as Yorktown, Virginia. Originally instituted as the Living History/Color Guard unit of the General Israel Putnam Branch #4 of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, today its part of The Connecticut Line (est. 1993), Living History/Color Guard unit of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. I had the honor of commanding The Connecticut Line, and serving as its Colonel from its re-organization in June 2005, until I relinquished command in a change of command ceremony in the shadow of the historic War Office in Lebanon, during ceremonies for Governor Trumbull's Birthday in October 2015.
Historically the 11th Regiment of Connecticut Militia was raised from the towns of Pomfret, Woodstock and Killingly, Connecticut. The 11th Regiment was General Israel Putnam's hometown militia regiment. Lebanon's local militia companies were part of the 12th Regiment of Connecticut Militia, along with the militia companies from the town of Hebron. The Lebanon Green served as the muster field for the 12th Regiment, its where they trained. Both the 11th and 12th Militia Regiments, along with the 5th and 21st Militia Regiments, were part of the Fifth Brigade of Connecticut Militia during the American Revolution. We'll discuss Lebanon's Militia, the 12th Regiment, more in a future blog post. My ancestral uncle, Governor Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., served in the 12th Regiment as Lieutenant Colonel (1739-1753) and as Colonel (1753-1768).
Revolutionary War units muster and march on the Lebanon Green.