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Battle of Bunker Hill 'rages' in Epping

By JASON SCHREIBER
Sunday News Correspondent

June 01. 2015 11:53AM
British and American troops reenact the Battle of Bunker Hill during a 240th anniversary event held Saturday at the Harvey farm in Epping. JASON SCHREIBER 


EPPING

The sound of cannon blasts and musket fire filled the air over a hill at the Harvey Farm on Saturday, as British and Colonial troops marched to the battlefield to bring history to life.An American Revolution re-enactment marking the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill was held for the first time at the farm at 105 Nottingham Square Road.

The two-day event, which continues today, featured more than 50 British and Colonial units from across New England and beyond and attracted hundreds of spectators of all ages who gathered at the bottom of the hill to watch the historic assault play out."Everything is surrounded by history and it's important to stay connected to it," said Tarra Walker, 30, of Somersworth, who portrayed a Colonial mother and held her 7-month-old son, Aidan, along the roadside while the battle raged on the hill.The free event was sponsored by the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment, Cherry's Co., the 1st New Hampshire Regiment, the 9th Regiment of Foot, and the 10th Regiment of Foot.

Jack Boudreau, 70, of Lexington, Mass., watched the battle through his camera lense. He's a member of a British unit called the First Foot Guards and spent the day shooting photos rather than muskets to document the event."I love history as most of the re-enactors do," he said. "If you like history, they're lots of fun to hang with."

He said the hill and its surroundings were a good representation of Bunker Hill.

Before the battle, visitors had a chance to check out the British and American camps, the 18th century artisans, crafts and other displays.Many used the event as an opportunity to educate their kids about their history.

Jim Hadley of Newfields brought his kids, Eamon, 5, Maeve, 3, and Conall, 14 months. He knew a couple of the re-enactors and wanted to see them in action."They're having a good time. It's a little loud, but that's to be expected," Hadley said.

Eamon held his hands over his ears to block out the booms when the cannons were fired.

"I don't like the sounds of the man shooting," he said.Maeve seemed less bothered by the noise. She was preoccupied watching a horse atop the hill.

"I like the horses," she said.

For Paul Arsenault, who lives next to the hill, Saturday's event was the first time he's seen a battle re-enactment."It's a living classroom," said Arsenault, a veteran math teacher at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston.

For more information and a schedule of activities visit www.battleroad.org.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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