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'Man the Guns, the French are coming, again! 2014 Bi-annual Re-enactment of the 1782 Siege of Brimstone Hill '

Brimstone Hill 1782 Siege Re-enactment Pvt

From Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 March the ramparts of Brimstone Hill Fortress will be resounding to the sounds of musket and cannon fire (yes, we said cannon fire). The British Brigade, the group of professional re-enactors who staged the first ever re-enactment of the Siege in March 2012 are coming back to thrill locals and visitors alike. This year’s re-enactment promises to be bigger and better, with more members of the British Brigade participating and for the first time the 4th West India Regiment (4th WIR) shall be portrayed by actual soldiers of the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force, who shall be participating in the re-enactment wearing the uniforms of the 4th WIR). The newest addition to Brimstone Hill’s extensive artillery collection, a 3 pounder cannon christened ‘Betty’ shall also be in action, a sight (and sound) not to be missed!

2014 Re-enactment Schedule

  • Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 March soldier training.  See soldiers of the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force, portraying the 4th West India Regiment, drilling with and firing period muskets to simulate daily training at an 18th century West Indian garrison.
  • Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 March Re-enactment of the Siege of Brimstone Hill,
    including night time battle on Friday 7, commencing 7 pm

4th West India Regiment mannequin

Above Left: An African soldier of the 4th WIR.  Above Right: A British soldier on the lookout for the enemy.  The ghosts of the past shall return this March to defend Brimstone Hill once again.



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