HILLSBOROUGH – Forget everything you thought you knew about the American Revolution. At least forget the conventional wisdom: that wily colonists firing rifles from behind trees picked off clueless Redcoats marching like wooden soldiers. The truth? The colonists didn’t start beating the British until they started fighting like them.
That was the lesson at Saturday’s Hillsborough Revolutionary War Living History Day. From buttoned-down soldiers to barefoot militia men and linen-frocked camp followers, members of the 64th Regiment of Foot and their supporters repeated the theme.
Living History Day commemorates British Gen. Charles Earl Cornwallis’s occupation of Hillsborough with about 1,900 men in February 1781, after Cornwallis had pursued Gen. Nathanael Greene into Virginia and before the battle of Guilford Courthouse… read on!