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Revolutionary War Encampment In Skippack

american-flagLiving History re-enactors spent most of the weekend at the Indenhofen Farmstead in Skippack, where some of General George Washington’s troops camped out briefly before and after losing the Battle of Germantown. Timothy Mitchell of Manayunk in Philadelphia was there, commanding a unit of the Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment.  He says some units in the Continental Army were poorly equipped, and General Washington often referred to them as naked.

“Naked in the 18th Century meant something completely different than what we refer to today.  Naked today is without clothes on.  Naked in the 18th century was not being dressed properly, so not having a coat on in the 18th century is considered being undressed.”

He says the British troops were known as the redcoats for a reason.

“That particular red, known as Cochineal Red, is made from the Cochineal Bug, which is very, very expensive.  It was one of the most expensive colors to produce at that time period, so not only did the British have it, they said to the world, ‘We’re going to put it on the poorest of our citizens and our soldiers and we’re going to show the world that we clothe even our soldiers in the most expensive colors and fabrics.’”

Mitchell says the British people never thought of the American Revolution as a big deal.  It was just a little skirmish in one of the many colonies.  Private Robert Bendesky of North Wales was there in a uniform his wife made for him.

“A very nice linen shirt, a waistcoat, which is this vest-like garment that I’m wearing, and also my breeches, the linen pants. At that time linen was the common fabric.  Cotton was extremely expensive.”

A few thousand of George Washington’s soldiers camped out in Skippack in 1777, but he says the general himself was not there.

“The generals were usually either in one of the finer houses or a nearby inn, which is why whenever you do some historical travel you’ll see a sign on a building that says ‘George Washington Slept Here,’ it’s because the troops were moving through that area and Washington chose one of the finer places to stay.”

Bendesky says he likes learning about history and sharing what he learns with others, but he also likes living unplugged for a while and replacing the flickering TV screen with a flickering campfire.
WNPV AM 1440 Saturday morning was a beautiful time for WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway at Cardinal Camera in Quakertown! We gave away over $4,000 in prizes including three Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg. Saturday's Grand Prize winners were: Philip Schanz of Lansdale, Elaine Waters of Horsham, and Gloria Woodland of Lansdale. Maybe you'll win the Grand Prize at our next one!
WNPV AM 1440 Did you miss this week's "Regarding Your Money" show with George Toth? If so, you MUST tune in to "Chestnut Investment Attitudes" on Saturday at 9:10 AM! George has a very special guest, Michael Morsch, and they discuss the music of the 1970s! A very different show than usual ... so be sure to check it out at 1440 AM!
WNPV AM 1440 Make your plans today to attend WNPV's next Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 AM, at Cardinal Camera, on northbound Route 309 at the Route 313/663 intersection, in Quakertown! We are giving away almost $4,000 in prizes including Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park! We're getting down to the end of our run so take advantage of this opportunity to win your share! Plus, you'll get to meet Barry Papiernik, host of "The BuxMont Business Journal" heard Mondays on WNPV-1440 AM.
WNPV AM 1440 Did you win tickets to see ZZ Top at Musikfest in Bethlehem at one of WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways? If so, you must call me ASAP. ZZ Top has cancelled their concert and Musikfest is making other tickets available as replacements but I must make the arrangements immediately before the other concerts are sold out. Call me (Linda) at 215-855-8211 and give me the seat numbers of your tickets. We will talk about the available options when you call.
WNPV AM 1440 Tomorrow is the third Saturday of July and that means that you should tune to 1440 AM at 11 AM for Mike Bruckner and "Premium Coverage!" This week he has a special guest ... Lawrence Merkel who was a Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
WNPV AM 1440 Be sure to tune in to 1440 AM tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 AM for "Real Simple Retirement," a new program featuring Mark Kemp and Todd Little of Kemp-Harvest Financial in Harleysville.

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