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MEETINGS

The unit welcomes new members

and interested parties.


UPCOMING MEETINGS

TUESDAY, JUNE 20

TUESDAY, JULY 18

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15

7:30 PM

Palmer River Elementary



2017 EVENTS


SATURDAY, JUNE 10

GASPEE DAYS PARADE

10 AM to 3 PM

Warwick, RI


SUNDAY, JUNE 11

COLONIAL DAYS

10 AM to 4 PM

Lafayette Durfee House

Fall River, MA


TUESDAY, JULY 4

ARNOLD MILLS PARADE

10 AM to 4 PM

Cumberland, RI


READING OF THE

DECLARATION

CANDLELIGHT WALK

8 PM

Dighton Community Church


FRIDAY, JULY 4

240th BATTLE OF

HUBBARDTON

9 AM to 4:30 PM

Hubbardton Battlefield

Castleton, Vermont


SATURDAY, AUGUST 5

REDCOATS and REBELS

9 AM to 3:30 PM

Old Sturbridge Village

Sturbridge, MA


SATURDAY, AUGUST 12

BATTLE OF BENNINGTON

9 AM to 5 PM

Old Sturbridge Village

Sturbridge, MA


SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

FORT WELLINGTON

9 AM to 5 PM

Fort Wellington

Prescott, Ontario


SATURDAY, AUGUST 26

MOUNT INDEPENDENCE

9 AM to 5 PM

Mount Independence

Orwell, Vermont


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Rehoboth Minute Co.

Captain John Carr  508-252-3194   Lieutenant Eric Duquette 774-488-9050      Secretary Cathy Potter 508-252-3682

Rehoboth Minutemen
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HISTORY:  The Rehoboth Minute Company was originally chartered in 1774 as the militia unit for the Town of Rehoboth, Massachusetts.  By 1775, the unit consisted of 210 troops under the command of Capt. John Daggett of Attleboro and Col. Timothy Walker of Rehoboth.  Ten days before the confrontation between the British and colonial forces at Concord and Lexington, the unit was sent to Freetown, Massachusetts on April 9, 1775. Without firing a shot, the unit seized 40 stands of British arms, munitions, and accoutrements.  Later, on April 19, the Rehoboth Company was dispatched to Roxbury and Dorchester in Boston joining others to form the 13th Continental Regiment to General George Washington’s forces.


Colonel Thomas Carpenter of Rehoboth took over the remaining town militia in 1776. Under Carpenter, the unit participated in many battles including the Battle of White Plains, the Battle of Rhode Island, The Battle of Yonkers (NY), and the Battle of Long Island (NY).


The unit was an active and formidable defense system for the town of Rehoboth until April 24, 1840 when it was disbanded by general order.

REORGANIZATION:  The “Rehoboth Minutemen” were reorganized and recommissioned in 1992 by the Town of Rehoboth for the 350th anniversary celebrations.  In 1993, the unit provided military support for the “reclamation” or “take back” of the original Rehoboth township that included: Attleboro, North Attleboro, Seekonk, and Swansea along with East Providence (Rumford), Pawtucket, Cumberland, Warren, Barrington, and Bristol, RI.


Since 1993, the company has participated in parades, ceremonies, encampments, battle re-enactments and educational events. Members portray the original 1774 unit in civilian dress, accoutrements and firearms.  Individuals and families participate as musketmen, drummers, fifers, and camp followers. 


As a non-profit, educational organization, the company retains memberships in the following historic re-enactment groups: Continental Line, The Burning of the Valleys Military Association, Inc., The Living History Association and the Commanders Round Table.

JOIN UP: The Rehoboth Minute Company meets monthly on the third Tuesday at Palmer River Elementary School at 7:30 PM.  These meetings are open to the public and interested parties are encouraged to learn more and meet members.  Meeting times and locations may change, so check the company website.


All that is required for joining is your interest in colonial, Revolutionary War-era America.  You need not be a historian to join the group. Members become self-educated while sharing the acquired knowledge with others to recreate period lifestyles.  Persons wishing to portray and demonstrate period skills and personas other than military aspects are also most welcome. Men may portray period craftsmen or serve as clergy or surgeons.  Women may choose to be camp followers and demonstrate typical 18th century skills.  Children are welcome to join with their parents to help with camp chores, play period games, or just do they they do best - be children.


VISIT THE COMPANY WEBSITE FOR FULL INFORMATION