267 Springfield Rd.
Charlestown, NH

Stark's Mustering of the Militia

Saturday June 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Sunday June 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

line of militia men firing muskets

During the American Revolution, Charlestown was an assembly point for 1, 500 Colonial troops under General John Stark. The New Hampshire Militia left town and marched to engage "Gentleman" John Burgoyne in the 1777 Battle of Bennington.

Join us in Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday,June 24th as the Militia heed Stark's call for the men of New Hampshire to fight for freedom.

Schedule of Activities

Schedule for 2019

Saturday June 23, 2018

  • 10:00 Camp Opens to Public
  • 10:30 Recruitment
    • Visitors and "militia" join the ranks
    • Fort visitors are encouraged to enlist in Hasting's House
    • Visitors will "drill" with the Fort's Militia Captain in preporation for marching to Bennington
  • 12:00 Nooning
  • 1:00 Presentation in David Parker House
  • General John Stark; A Fresh Look at the Man behind our Motto

    Although little remembered today outside of New Hampshire, General John Stark played pivotal roles in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The inspirational leadership he displayed in the latter conflict saw him singled out for praise by luminaries such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. By recounting the hyper-realistic battle scenes depicted in recent films such as The Revenant and Hostiles, local historian T.J. Cullinane will endeavor to illustrate just how far removed Stark’s extraordinary achievements are from the quaint, sepia toned imagery that many of us still associate with those long-ago battles waged outside the gates of the Fort at Number Four. The presenter will also strive to remind us why the titans of American History went out of their way to lionize one of the Granite State’s greatest heroes and why General Stark was worthy of their accolades.

    About the Presenter

    T.J. Cullinane received his education at Salem State University and the University of Oklahoma. After completing a 20-year career as an infantryman in the United States Army, he settled in Derry, New Hampshire, the birthplace of General Stark. Currently employed in the aero-space Industry in Massachusetts, T.J. is a Past Department Commander of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and serves as an active volunteer with the Derry History Museum and the Derry Heritage Commission.

  • 7:30 Dance On the Common (weather permitting, otherwise within the Great Hall) - Separate Fee, $10 per person

Sunday June 24, 2018

  • 10:00 Formation and Drill by companies
  • 11:30 Divine Services on Parade Ground or Great Hall
  • 12:00 Nooning
  • 1:00 Formation and Drill by companies
  • 2:00 Dance instruction and Demonstration on the Parade Ground
  • 3:00 Formation, Inspection and March Out by Stark’s Militia Regiment
  • 3:30 Break camp and Safe Home
  • Saturday June 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Sunday June 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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