Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Boer War Scout

From the Irish Transvaal Brigade circa 1901
The ITB was made up of some 300 Irish miners from the Transvaal gold fields (the real reason for the British fighting the Boers) and included about 30 Irish immigrants from Chicago. These latter boyos got to South Africa by volunteering as Red Cross ambulance drivers, then exchanging their arm bands for Mausers when they could cross the battle lines. Anything for a chance to shoot at the Brits!
I am portraying a Boer Scout with the ITB at a reenactment at the Potomac Celtic Festival in Leesburg, Virginia earlier this month. My horse's name is Molly, BTW.