Outwater's Militia, Inc. is a member unit of the Brigade of the American Revolution and The Continental Line. Re-enacting breathes life into the past and Outwater's Company is the perfect outlet for any history/military history buff. The unit receives invitations from events all over the Northeast at a variety of historical sites. From two-hundred year old forts to original battlefields, you get to experience the past in a unique way. Imagine standing on the actual battlefield site and being surrounded by hundreds of people in period clothing with blue-gray smoke from the artillery and musket fire rolling over the field. You feel like you are there in the past!
Outwater's Militia does not only provide this opportunity for just those who wish to portray a soldier. Because of our affiliation with the Continental Line and the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR) and the civilian aspect of being a militia, there is something for women and children too, which is great for those with families. Women can explore the impact of the Revolution on the lives of women by portraying a camp-follower, women who followed the armies to be with their husband or as individuals trying to make some money as a merchant, laundress, or hospital matron for the army. There are often activities for children during which they learn how life in 18th. Century would be like. Boys are encouraged to take to the field playing the drum or the fife which would make it possible for commands to be heard above the gunfire. Men who are more interested in civilian life can be involved portraying a craftsmen or professional. Family participation is easily worked into our efforts to authentically portray the 18th Century.
New members are helped every step of the way to getting started. There is an abundance of resources available from the other members to get you involved and settled in as soon as possible. New comers have at least one year to get the basics together, and the unit will help with this also. Outwater's Militia has been incorporated since 1979 and and the unit carries its own insurance. Also, members receive publications from the BAR: The Courier, a monthly newsletter with event information; The Express, a quarterly magazine recapping the years events with photographs and articles; The Dispatch, a scholarly journal with research and interesting information on a variety of topics.
Outwater's Militia, Inc. is always looking for more recruits. Our focus is on a correct militia impression, using correct materials, styles and equipment. Members are encouraged to learn about the Revolutionary War period. Men at arms must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 if accompanied by a parent. Younger boys can field as musicians. Families are encouraged to participate. Skills of the period are practiced by several of our civilian members. As stated above, the unit will assist you in getting started, with the loan of equipment and clothing, and (of course), good advice.
Outwater's meetings are held at historic sites throughout central NJ. These will be posted on our schedule as they are arranged. We have an annual meeting the weekend closest to Washington's birthday in February. Traditionally, we tour a historic site on a Sunday afternoon, then have the meeting at a historic tavern or Inn. The annual meeting is for elections and scheduling. Other meetings are held at need during the year. There are no other regular meetings, but we do usually spend a weekend each month re-enacting.
Outwater's Militia, Inc. is a TAX-EXEMPT 501 (c) charity. Some expenses and all donations are tax-deductible. Ask your accountant or tax preparer and keep receipts!