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The remains of the Music Bastion of Ft. Pitt may be destroyed. Let’s try to keep another piece of our history from being lost to us. You can read an article about it here.
Thanks for your help, Bob Cairns and Fred Schneider
Creation of the Department
In the late 60s, if you listened carefully, you could already hear Revolutionary War rumblings in and around Ohio; by 1970 there were four Brigade units in the heartland. An informal network naturally arose among the Brigade units and others in the region and in June, 1973 they first performed together at Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Now, a trip to a Brigade show in New England entails some serious time and expense, but Point Pleasant is only six hours away from people in Michigan and Fort Laurens is only five hours away from people in Cincinnati. In 1973, therefore, we were eager to develop a Revolutionary War program in the Midwest. The Brigade was receptive. The solution was the Northwest Department (NWD). Negotiation and procrastination kept us busy from 1973 to 1980, when the Northwest Departments B.A.R. charter was suddenly made official. In the meantime, with the Brigade’s blessing, we began what has been a 27-year success story. We have grown from a handful of member units in 1973 to 25 today. There are over 500 soldier and civilian members on our roster.
The Northwest Departments Charter gives us considerable autonomy in promoting and performing shows in its own territory. The territory can be flexibly defined as west of the Alleghenies but not as far west as the Western Department nor as far south as the Southern Department. Although it administers its own program, conducts elections, keeps an operating budget and publishes its own newsletter (the B.A.R. Shot), the Northwest Department is governed by the constitution and bylaws of the B.A.R. Our Board of Directors is like the Main Departments, except that our officers military ranks are one grade lower. Our operating budget is a product of our own efforts. No Brigade dues flow into the Northwest Department treasury. Northwest Department members are Brigade members; its performances are Brigade performances and its events are open to all Brigade members.
The Northwest Department is a family within a family. We treasure our personal relationships within the Brigade at large, but we also feel pride in our Northwest family. We charter busses to distant events. We have our own peculiar style of mock battle (officially named Tactical Weapons Demonstration) that stresses speed and flexibility. We are very adaptable: one of our regular Northwest Department shows requires that we all Crown and Colonial” soldiers alike portray militiamen of exactly 200 years ago. Once a small mob of Northwest Department soldiers went en masse to an event as woodland Indians.
Our event schedule appears nearby in the B.A.R. website. You can contact the Brigade via the Brigade Public Information Officer for specific details on the B.A.R. Northwest Department, email David Miller, Northwest Department Deputy Commander.
Each unit listed below is a member of this department. Those units having their own web site are hyperlinked. If a unit that you are interested in does not have a link, please contact the Public Information Officer for more information.
- 23rd Regiment of Foot, Capt. Grey Grove’s Company, [BAR Unit #199]
- 55th Regiment of Foot, [BAR Unit #312]
- 60th Regiment of Foot (Royal American Regt.) 2nd/4th Battalion, [BAR Unit #314]
- 64th Regiment of Foot, Lt. Colonel’s Company, [BAR Unit #107]
- King’s 8th Regiment of Foot, [BAR Unit #344]
- King’s 8th Regiment of Foot Detroit Garrison, [BAR Unit #360]
- Brigade of Guards, Grenadier Company, [BAR Unit #040]
- Royal Navy Landing Party, [BAR Unit #141]
- Royal Deux Ponts Regiment #104, [BAR Unit #111]
- 1st Jaeger Company von Hesse Cassel,[BAR Unit #198]
- 4th Battalion New Jersey Volunteers, Major Timpany’s Company, [BAR Unit #259]
United States Units
- 1st Pennsylvania Regiment, Col. Hand’s Regiment, [BAR Unit #062]
- 3rd New York Regiment, Dubois’ Company, [BAR Unit #253]
- 4th Continental Light Dragoon, Hopkin’s Troop, [BAR Unit #217]
- 5th Virginia Regiment, [BAR Unit #059]
- 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, Ft. Laurens Detachment, [BAR Unit #050]
- 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, Ft. Pitt Detachment, [BAR Unit #095]
- 10th Virginia Regiment, Capt. Lawson’s Company, [BAR Unit #226]
- Delaware Regiment, Battalion Company, [BAR Unit #197]
- Clark’s Illinois Regiment, [BAR Unit #012]
- Illinois Regiment, VA State Line, Worthington’s Company, [BAR Unit #319]
- Illinois Regiment, VA State Line, Kellar’s Company, [BAR Unit #306]
- Crockett’s Western Battalion, [BAR Unit #083]
- Culpepper Minute Battalion, [BAR Unit #331]
- Capt. Benjamin Logan’s Co., Kentucky County Milita, [BAR Unit #285]
- Westmoreland County Militia, 1st Battalion, [BAR Unit #108]
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