War re-enacting is a hobby like no other and Mott’s Artillery is
always ready to welcome a new recruit into our ranks. Whether you are
a history buff, or just curious about the hobby, this web site will give
you an idea of what is needed to become an 18th Century re-enactor and
a member of Mott’s Artillery. Please review this information and
feel free to call or e-mail any of the names later listed for more details,
or to sign up.
We invite you to join our group and take part in
living history. Come join the call to arms!
REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP
While some events recreate an actual battle from the past, other events
portray 18th century camp life to the public. Men of the unit focus on
educating the public and involving them in the life of an artillery soldier.
Each member takes on the role of one of General Washington’s Continental
Women and children portray camp life through cooking, sewing and other
18th activities for the public to observe. No prior experience is needed
– you will quickly learn about the 18th century way of life and
will soon be able to share your new knowledge with the public. Children
are also invited to participate and usually adapt very well to living
the 18th-century lifestyle. The knowledge they gain about the Revolutionary
War will certainly impress their teachers.
Attendance at a minimum of five events a year is required, but as a member
in good standing in Mott’s, you are welcome to attend all, or as
many events as you like during the season.
Appropriate period clothing is required to participate with the group
in camp and must be worn during public visitation hours. Much of the clothing
worn by re-enactors can be made, if you have basic sewing skills. Clothing
is also sold by sutlers (retail merchants) either at re-enactment events
or on the internet. There may be limited clothing available for loan through
the members of Mott’s until you can acquire your own articles. Mott’s
does permit women to dress as and play the part of male soldiers except
when prohibited by the host site. When
you sign up, you will receive Mott’s New Member Handbook. This handbook
will assist you with the making/purchasing of your clothes, and assure
you get the proper and necessary items at minimal expense.
Because we are portraying a specific time period, all things “modern”
must be hidden or covered up. This includes tattoos, jewelry (including
multiple body piercing jewelry), make up, watches etc. (a plain gold wedding
band and/or pocket watch is acceptable.) Period eye wear is preferred
but not required.
As well as authentic 18th-century appearance, correct period behavior
is also important. We ask that you use appropriate language when among
the public, no smoking of commercial cigarettes in camp (period appropriate
pipes are fine to use) and any cell phone use should done outside of camp
boundaries during public visitation hours.
When eating or drinking during public visiting hours, 18th century eating
utensils should be used, for example a wood bowl, tin plate, horn spoon,
two/three prong fork, tin cup, stoneware mug, etc. Unit eating utensils
and dishes are available for you to use during an event, until you can
purchase your own.
Most of Mott's events are in the tri-state area (NY, NJ and PA), though
we have traveled as far south as South Carolina and as far north as Canada
for major events. There is no requirement to live in New Jersey as long
as you can logistically attend five events a year. Travel costs are the
personal responsibility of each member.
Each camp member is responsible for helping with the set-up and take-down
of the camp. The men are in charge of taking care of the cannon, both
on and off the battlefield, as well as assisting with getting wood and
water for the camp. The ladies (camp followers) are usually in charge
of cooking and keeping an eye on camp during battles/tactical demos. Planned
activities are sometimes set up for public demonstration.
Mott’s owns a light bronze 3-pounder cannon, an historically correct
reproduction designed to move with the infantry. Cannon crew members will
be thoroughly trained in the authentic and safe procedures for the operation
and movement of the cannon. All crew members practice and learn all positions
in non-firing drills (health and physical ability permitting) but individuals
may request not to serve in certain crew positions during live firing.
All members share the responsibility for overseeing the safe operation
of the cannon and for securing cannon equipment.
When re-enactments take place over two or more days, 18th-century camping
is an option. Sitting around the camp fire at night in the 18th century
atmosphere is an experience not to be missed. While you’re welcome
to “hotel” it, the unit owns canvas wedge tents and they are
available for the more adventurous. Most sites supply straw to pad your
bedding and tent with. You can use modern sleeping equipment, like sleeping
bags, cots, air bags, or pillows, but these items must be hidden or put
away during the day time hours. Please note, most sites offer only portable
toilets, so running water and showers will not normally be available.
There usually is water available for basic cleaning needs, but it will
have to be carried into camp from its source.
Depending on the event, if food is not provided by the sponsor, meals
(lunch and dinner) are usually prepared in camp by and for Mott’s
members. A nominal fee is charged, to cover the cost of the food. You
are welcome to bring your own food if you prefer, but please keep your
foodstuffs accurate to the time period (meaning no Big Macs or Doritos
in camp please!).
Most cooking is done by the camp followers and one person usually acts
as “head cook” for that day. It is each camp follower's duty
to assist the head cook as needed, or to make sure all cooking assignments
are done before visiting other camps or the sutlers.
Membership Dues and Meetings:
A nominal membership fee is required each year. The dues are used to cover
insurance costs for the cannon, gun powder, repairs or replacement of
unit equipment, and other costs. Dues are also required for optional membership
for the Brigade of the American Rrevolution
(BAR) and will be collected the same time as Mott’s dues.
For new recruits, there is a six-month trial period starting with your
first event. After the trial period, members of the unit will vote to
accept you as a full active member of Mott’s.
An annual membership meeting is held, to review upcoming events and/or
to vote in officers, board members and field commands. Any member in good
standing can apply for an open board or field position. There will also
be brief periodic meetings during the year, usually held at an event.
(Notification will be given well in advance.)
Each event brings a new adventure and chance to
share our knowledge of 18th-century living with the public. Everything
you do and say during public visitation hours will be observed and there’s
a great sense of satisfaction in sharing our history in this way. Also
there are opportunities to visit great historical sites and see areas
not usually open to the general public. We hope you’ll seriously
consider becoming part of Mott’s Artillery and we think you’ll
discover what we already know - living history is a rewarding, one-of-a-kind
If you are interested in more information, have any questions, or would
like to sign up as a trial member, please contact one of our Board members
listed in the "Contact Us" section.
We hope to hear from you!
Mott’s Artillery Co., a non-profit
(501c3) corporation, is a member of the Continental
Line and associate member of the Brigade.