SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Th second day of battle dawned bright and clear if a little humid. But for the American re-enactors, who drove the 'British soldiers' back across the river the weather was just right.
Yesterday's re-enactment, which picked up where the first day left off, was the finish to the Battle of Springfield re-enactment, held to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the town's incorporation. The last re-enactment had been held in 2005, to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the battle itself.
Along with the second day's battle, the town provided a slate of activities. The re-enactor portraying Parson James Caldwell led a historically accurate demonstration of an eighteenth-century Sunday service. And Saturday morning, the re-enactors had participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at two locations in town.
Under drum and fife direction, the column of re-enactors first marched to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) cemetery, located across the street from the municipal parking lot by the library. There, the re-enactors were met by DAR Church and Cannon Chapter Reagent Barbara Pierson and Cemetary Chairman Linda Jurczak.
The next stop was just across the intersection, at the First Presbyterian Church. There, a second wreath was placed in front of the monument to the Minutemen who had suited up to defend their independence from British forces.
At each ceremony, the documented soldiers from the revolutionary war were honored, as Jurczak read from excerpts about the battle and relayed information to spectators in attendance.
After marching back down Mountain Avenue, the re-enactors prepped for the battle to come, as Springfield residents were treated to a street fair on Mountain Avenue.
At the end of the event, the encampment closed to the public, and the re-enactors headed home to resume their weekly lives.