Thoughts on War

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Often during times of conflict we are consumed with the pressures of the present: How did we get where we are? How will we survive? What will happen to us? More than 230 years ago, the people of revolutionary America faced decisions that dramatically changed their world. They chose liberty and sacrifice and risked all they had to give us what we have now.

Today, as then, our thoughts are on war. The people of Colonial Williamsburg share their thoughts about yesterday…and a struggle that helped fashion America.

James Waddell - Presbyterian Minister
James Waddell - Presbyterian Minister

"I can only imagine how Rev. James Waddell must have felt as the war progressed..."
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        Bryan Simpers interprets the character of Reverend Waddell for Colonial Williamsburg.

Betty Randolph - widow of Patriot Betty Randolph - widow of Patriot

"I think back 'twas not so very long ago that I was the wife of the best of men..."
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        Lucy Smith interprets the character of Betty Randolph for Colonial Williamsburg.

Alex Purdie - Printer
Alex Purdie - Printer

"I do remember the more pleasant times indeed when I first came to this colony, but much has happened over these past years..."
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        Dennis Watson interprets the character of Alexander Purdie for Colonial Williamsburg.

Peachy Purdie Printer's wife
Peachy Purdie Printer's wife

"In this year of 1781, you wish to hear my opinion of the war against the British..."
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        Cindy Gunther interprets the character of Peachy Purdie for Colonial Williamsburg.

John Randolph - British loyalist
John Randolph - British loyalist

" 'We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.' So ends the Declaration of Rebels against authority."
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        Jack Flintom interprets the character of John Randolph for Colonial Williamsburg.

Peter Southall - Runaway slave
Peter Southall - Runaway slave

"Lord, it's a long way to Norfolk..."
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        Richard Josey is managing interpreter of historic events and interprets
              the character of Peter Southall and other characters for Colonial Williamsburg.

Clay Smith - Gunsmith
Clay Smith - Gunsmith

"Most people think that the war would cause a lot of extra work for gunsmiths, but as a matter of fact most gunsmiths ended up fighting in the war as soldiers..."
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        Clay Smith is a journeyman gunsmith for Colonial Williamsburg.

Robert Evans - free Black
Robert Evans - free Black

"Good day to you. My name's Robert Evans. I'm a free black....."
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        Harvey Bakari is manager of program planning and production
              and interprets a number of characters for Colonial Williamsburg.

Wiilie Parker - Master Printer
Willie Parker - Master Printer

"As a printer during the revolutionary period, printers had a problem acquiring their materials—the paper, the ink, the type had to be imported."
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        Willie Parker interprets the printing trade for Colonial Williamsburg.

Ed Wright - Cabinetmaker
Ed Wright - Cabinetmaker

"The 1770s was a period of great upheaval for artisans like us..."
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        Ed Wright is a journeyman harpsichord maker for Colonial Williamsburg.

Anne Christian - sister of Patrick Henry
Anne Christian - sister of Patrick Henry

"You wish to know what I think of this war of independence..."
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        Sharon Forsher is a supervising coach of character interpretation and
               interprets the character of Anne Christian for Colonial Williamsburg.

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry - American Leader

"I have been desired to express my sentiments regarding the thought of going to war..."
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        Richard Schumann interprets the character of Patrick Henry for Colonial Williamsburg.

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson - American Leader

"Mr. Jefferson, what do you say to someone who's going to war?"
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        Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson

Chris Wright - Wheelwright
Chris Wright - Wheelwright

"…A wheelwright in the colonies in war time, depending on the particular wheelwright, who may have very strong feelings one way or the other about the war, could decide he's going to join up and offer his services."
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        Wheelwright Christopher Wright

Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell - CW President

"These are uncertain days. Our nation, our world, is beset with worries of war..."
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        Colin Campbell is the chairman, president, and CEO,
               Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.




 

 

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