King’s troops retake Uptown briefly
As part of the weekend-long Burning of Kingston event, a group of re-enactors stormed through the Stockade District on Saturday. (Actual British troops stormed through the Stockade District in 1777, putting much of New York State’s first capital to the torch.) As the troops marched down John Street and up Wall Street on their way to the Senate House, the townspeople yelled out “Lobsterbacks, go home!” and “Long live George Washington!”
Once they got to the Senate House, the troops, the 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers, announced to the assembled that the rebellious foolishness had ended and the crown was back in charge. Troops raised the Union Jack, and told the rambunctious crowd, “Soon you will see the might of the British Empire. All of you who have remained loyal to the King will receive the rewards of your loyalty.” After a few moments, during which one woman was heard to remark, “They said if they’d won, we’d all have health insurance now,” the troops lowered their flag and headed to the Rondout for more Revolutionary War re-enactment fun.