International students from the U.S. Army Quartermaster School stepped back in history to the 18th century — April 25, 1781, when they attended the 226th Anniversary Commemoration of the Revolutionary War Battle of Petersburg at historic Battersea mansion recently.
Historic Battersea mansion, an 18th century Palladian home, was built in 1768 by Col. John Banister, the first mayor of Petersburg and a signer of the Articles of Confederation. His home was occupied by British troops during the fighting around Petersburg in 1781. The British troops stole his family’s possessions including servants, cattle and food.
Each year, Revolutionary War reenactment units come together at Battersea to commemorate that battle which was part of America’s fight for its independence. British and American units portrayed at this event are authentically recreated military units that actually participated in the Revolutionary War and who come from many locations throughout the United States to participate in this yearly event.
The international students learned about camp life of the period, crafts such as weaving and sewing, Colonial dance and artillery demonstrations, map making, children’s games and regimental drills.
The highlight of the day was the actual Battle of Petersburg Reenactment, complete with horses, cannons, colorful uniforms and lots of rifles and muskets.