The Current Regiment
The current 1st Pennsylvania Regiment of the
Continental Line was organized in 1963 and is based on the original storied unit of the same
name that fought in every major campaign of the American Revolution.
In 1972, the regiment was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our constitution states,in part: “The purpose of this organization shall be to recreate the original First Pennsylvania Regiment and to participate in shooting events. reenactments of historical, educational and memorial events. . . .”
The 1st Pa. Regularly participates in competitive flintlock shooting events with weapons including flintlock rifles and muskets, flintlock pistols (both rifled and smooth bore) and smooth bore fowlers (early stage shotguns). The regiment's home range is the Smithgall Farm & Blockhouse, Drumore, Pa. The unit holds regular shoots about nine times a year. Two regiment traditions include the annual Turkey Shoot in November and the Hell or High Water Shoot in January, which has taken place each year since the reenactment unit formed. Winter camping often accompanies both shoots. Members have attended and won Brigade of the American Revolution firelock matches, which has included events in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. The 1st Pa. Has also hosted many of these matches.
The 1st Pa. welcomes the participation of wives and families. Women are encouraged to participate as camp followers, demonstrating interpretations of the role of women in the Revolution. They are also welcomed to develop shooting skills on the firing line.
All members participate at various levels of living history interpretations from regular battle reenactments to speaking engagements on aspects of the Revolutionary War soldier and the role of the 1st PA. in the war. All members are encouraged to individually research aspects of the period, including historical development of weapons, equipment, clothing, tactics, biographies and field life of the Continental soldier.
Members of the 1st PA. Have participated in historic celebrations, community events, living history demonstrations, soldier schools, encampments, reenactments and funeral honor guards. Battle reenactments, following the trail of battles that the 1st Pa. Regiment fought in include: Washington's Crossing and the Battle of Trenton, the Second Battle of Trenton, the battles at Princeton, Saratoga, Brandywine (head of Elk), Germantown, Monmouth, Wyoming Valley, the Hook and the Surrender at Yorktown.
The Regimental Flag
The Regiment's flag is a deep green field with a crimson center square. In the square is a hunter with a spear, a lion in a snare and the regimental motto in Latin: “Domari Nolo”, i.e., “I refuse to be subjugated”. The flag was described in a letter dated March 8, 1776 from Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Hand to James Yates of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The original flag hangs in the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, PA.
The regiment holds monthly meetings, normally on the second Wednesday of the month, at the Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, PA. For additional information please contact:
Commander: Greg Kreitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Adjutant: Glenn Siegele at email@example.com