The British Are Coming! (For George Washington’s Birthday)

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The British are coming! The British are coming!... to Alexandria, anyway.

Next weekend, a head-to-head battle re-enactment will honor the birthday of Revolutionary War General George Washington.

Watch as the Hessians (German soldiers hired by the British) and the British Army try to take control over the American Continental Army during this all-day battle for independence on Feb. 17.

It's just one part of a city-wide celebration for George Washington's birthday. Visitors can check out military drills, fife and drum music, camp cooking and cannon firings. rhe Regimental surgeon will also be discussing Continental Army medicine and will show you 18th-century surgical instruments (we think we're more scared of that than anything). 

We're also quite certain good ol' George would approve of this war, because it has a schedule!  
  • 10 a.m. -- Troop formation and inspection
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Rifle demonstrations
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Cannon demonstration
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Parade around the park
  • 2 p.m. -- Battle begins
  • 3 p.m. -- Camp demonstrations
The event is at Fort Ward Museum (4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, Va.), about 30 minutes from downtown D.C.
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