The 2nd New-York Provincial Battalion (1775)

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philphotoOn Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 6:30 pm, Philip D. Weaver will give a presentation on the 2nd NY Provincial Battalion in the American Revolution. Several soldiers of this battalion came from the Mohawk Valley area especially the Palatine District.

Phil will discuss how only a small number of this regiment would continue in the Continental Army after the disastrous Canadian Campaign and even fewer would serve until the end of the war.

Phil Weaver has been an active living historian for over thirty-five years. Most of these years he has been a member of the Brigade of the American Revolution, where (among other things) he has lectured at Brigade schools, coordinated events, served as Quartermaster, Duty Officer, Castrametation Officer, acted as a tour guide, narrator, and served in various other field and administrative positions.

Mr. Weaver served in the Office of the Brigade Inspector for many years. A four time candidate for B.A.R. Board Member-at-Large, he was elected each of his last three attempts. After four and a half years in office, he resigned to become the commander of his unit, the 2nd New York Provincial Battalion (1775), and was subsequently reelected to that position for five consecutive terms.

Mr. Weaver’s beginnings were the Bi-centennial years. Starting in the Dutchess County (NY) Militia, he was soon dividing his time between the militia, the Colonel’s Company of the 64th Regiment of Foot and a Royal Artillery Battery. Mr. Weaver eventually began his own fledgling Continental unit. Late in 1978, he realized the futility of all this diversity and joined the 2nd New York exclusively. He continued with that unit until 2004.

websoldier2As a well-known researcher and advocate for the living history hobby, Mr. Weaver’s articles have appeared in Black Powder Times; F&I War; Military Uniforms in America, Military Collector and Historian; Muzzle Blasts; Muzzleloader; and The Brigade Dispatch. He is an original member of the West Point Chapter of the Company of Military Historians and has served as its chairman.

Mr. Weaver briefly appeared with The American Company of Players where he noteably played one of MacHeath’s drunken highwaymen in The Beggar’s Opera and as Tony Lumpkin in She Stoops to Conquer.

Mr. Weaver is associated with many Hudson River historic sites and is a member of The Alamo Society, a charter member of the New York State Military Heritage Museum, was a founding member of the 15th US Infantry-A War of 1812 Reenactment Unit, and has also volunteered with both the Farmer’s Museum Militia and the Old Sturbridge Village Militia.

Mr. Weaver has twice won Sturbridge’s “Best Militiaman” award. Mr. Weaver has also been granted Honorary Master Degrees for tailoring, shirtmaking, and trimming from the Brigade of the American Revolution.

Phil’s website has a wide variety of articles, books, 18th Century Reproductions, etc.

The Museum is located at 389 Canal Street in Fort Plain. For more information, please email or call 518-774-5669. A suggested $5 donation includes the presentation and self-guided tour of the Museum.

Photo of Phil Weaver (above) and illustration below, provided.

One thought on “The 2nd New-York Provincial Battalion (1775)

  1. Brooke Harlowe

    I’m sorry I’ll miss this talk. It’s on a week night and I live a good five hours away.

    The talk promises to be quite interesting esp. since one of my Mohawk Valley ancestors served in the 1st NY (Continental) regiment after 1777.

    Would someone attending the presentation please post a recap?


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