The weekend of April 9-10 I attended the annual War for Empire event at Fort Dobbs State Historic Site in Statesville, NC. This was scheduled as a Craven Regiment event. Four of us attended, portraying North Carolina militia. This year saw a huge reenactor turnout for the event which was set in the year 1761. Along with the regular garrison from Fort Dobbs, other units present included the South Carolina Rangers, the Washington County Regiment of NC Militia, Ballard's Virginia Militia, and the Independent Company of South Carolina out of Fort Loudoun, TN. Of course, there was also the Cherokee representation by His Majesty's Southern Indian Department.
There were many sutlers and vendors this year, and despite a forecast of bad weather the visitation was good. Most of the bad weather occurred in the evening so the program was not affected. We took part in the battle scenarios both days and manned an artillery piece for demonstrations on Sunday. As always, Fort Dobbs put on another very high quality event. This site does some of the most authentic and progressive programming in the state. Though it is a long drive for most of us, it is always well worth the trip and we enjoy ourselves whenever we go. I look forward to many more quality events at Fort Dobbs in years to come, as they continue to build both the site and their reputation.