Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Needham Militia was started by my friend, Vaun Raymond, in 1973, as a re-created Revolutionary War Militia Company. Needham sent 185 men out on the morning of April 18, 1775 towards Lexington and Concord to fight the British Regulars. Five were killed at the Jason Russell house in Menotomy (Arlington) along the route used by the retreating redcoats.

I think there were 6 of us originally. Our apparel was creative, to say the least. Over time the group grew larger and the clothing and weapons improved. I am posting every photo I have and would be interested in more, if anyone has them. I will try and identify the members in the photos, but it might be a little tough thirty years later.

Chris Lowe, Lee Manning, Donald Harris, Mike Sockol, Nick Schwartz, and Vaun Raymond on Chapel St., Needham. I think this was July 4,1973. At this point we have modified our clothes as best we can (pants were rolled up to resemble breeches !). I think the muskets are wooden dummies made by Vaun and painted to look real.

1 comment:

  1. I have some rather fuzzy photos up at if you want to use some of them.