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Damien Cregeau: The life of a Revolutionary War soldier

  • The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown/ Old First Historic Trust / First Presbyterian Church 42 Broad Street Elizabeth, NJ, 07201 United States (map)

The event features Mr. Damien Cregeau, historian and re-enactor, in the full uniform and kit of a typical Revolutionary War foot soldier. Mr. Cregeau and his wife Pam have re-enacted from Louisbourg, Nova Scotia down to Yorktown, Virginia over the past ten years. Mr. Cregeau will talk about the various challenges the soldiers faced, including not just battles, but also foraging for food, finding or constructing shelters, procuring clothing and trying to stay healthy. He has read hundreds of letters from the soldiers of the era, and his impression is most profoundly impacted by the memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin, a soldier from Connecticut who served throughout the war and spoke often of his “usual game of starving.” Mr. Cregeau also will explain the various parts of his clothing and kit, including his flintlock musket.

Refreshments will be provided after the event, which is free and open to all.

If you would like to attend, kindly RSVP to the Westfield Historical Society by April 18 at or tel: 908-654-1794. If you have mobility issues/need a disabled parking space do let us know.

Parking is available at parking meters on the street and also at the J. Christian Bollwage parking garage which is next to the church parking lot.

Some of you may remember attending the previous program presented by Mr. Cregeau on Spies, Lies and Patriots - he was very informative and an excellent speaker. Hope to see you there again.