We are Re-enactors of The First Regiment of Foot Guards, 1776-1783 during the American Revolution.
The 1st Battalion Company of the First Foot Guards in America re-creates the battles and living conditions of the British soldiers who served in the American Revolution.
We're based in and around Boston, but we travel extensively to bring living history closer to people who may not live close to an original battle site. We travel locally in New England, but you're also likely to see us at events in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Canada. We've also traveled to Britain to participate in a full week of events sponsored by the English Heritage Association. We march in parades, and participate regularly in Boston events such as Harborfest. We give talks and demonstrations to local history and civic groups to give people a broader picture of military history and life of the period. We can add color to your event!
We take great pains to be as authentic as possible in our uniforms and in our precision drill. Watch us closely to see how we execute the commands in perfect unison! It takes lots of practice.
We carry the Short Land Pattern Musket or Brown Bess, a .75 calibre smoothbore musket, accurate to at most 100 yards. While the Brown Bess is of limited use when used individually, it can deliver devastating fire when used by a trained battalion. When fixed with its 17-inch bayonet it is an unsurpassed weapon for hand to hand combat. The army of 200 years ago was trained to fire only a few shots before closing with the bayonet to finish off the enemy. One British general even went so far as to forbid his men to fire at all, as they were slowing down their bayonet charges to reload!
Imagine the thrill of marching up a hill in double lines to storm a redoubt! Just like the paintings or movies you've seen, only you are there. You're part of the historical action. The crash of the company musket volley, the clouds of gunpowder smoke, the regimental colors fluttering bravely, the roar of the cannon, the rattle of the drums and squeal of the fifes, the row of bayonets glinting in the sun…
it's all part of the action you'll experience first hand.
Who I'd like to meet:
Who we like to meet is you, the public, and of corse we are always looking for a few good loyal persons to join our ranks.
Care to Take the King's shilling?
If you wish to take the shilling contact Graeme Marsden at