Bill, 75, becomes a captain in Alexander Hamilton’s New York Provincial Company of Artillery.
Marilyn, 75, portrays an officer’s wife, a woman traveling with the Army or an 18th century prostitute.
The Janesville couple have been Revolutionary War re-enactors since 1981 and are members of the North West Territory Alliance, a nonprofit educational organization that studies and re-creates the cultures, lifestyle and arts of the time of the American Revolution, 1775-1783.
A history buff, Marilyn was intrigued by the time period she describes as the start of this country.
“The clothes and the history are interesting,” she told The Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/1kFFNrB).
At his second re-enactment in Indiana, Bill met a militiaman, who owned three cannons.
“I bought them five years later,” Bill said of the reproduction 1760-1766 cannons with wood carriages and bronze barrels.
“When we started, we did 19 re-enactments a year, but there are fewer today because it’s gotten expensive for the host city or historical society to put them on,” Marilyn said.
A typical re-enactment starts with a morning troop inspection of weapons and uniforms plus a court of soldiers. It continues with a men’s parade of uniforms that Bill likened to a fashion show with a narrator, then a women’s and children’s fashion show.
Two battle demonstrations with artillery demonstrations are typically scheduled for the afternoon.
The re-enactments are open to the public of all ages.
“We’ve had some small crowds but also as many as 100,000 in one day,” Bill said.