Come All Ye Bold Heroes Is Saturday At The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Florida Living History, Inc.’s volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, will recreate a 1779 recruitment drive at Fort St. Mark in St. Augustine, the capital of British East Florida, enlisting soldiers to "take the King's Shilling" and march against the American rebels this Saturday.
Those who sign on will tour their new barracks, learn about the equipment and food with which King George will supply them, and practice 18th-century close-order drill under with their sergeant. Regular soldiers of Florida's British Army will also be on hand to demonstrate the daily life of a soldier on this frontier of the Empire, while the ladies of the garrison will discuss what it means for wives and children to "follow the drum."
The event takes place at the Castillo de San Marcos from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a lecture presented by Roger Smith at 2 p.m. inside the Castillo. Sgt. Batten's stirring recruitment speech will conclude the event at 3 p.m. on the Castillo lawn. General admission into the park is $10, and admission for youth ages 15 and under is free.