Sue Lubas, of Kenosha, landed herself in the stockade at the “Rebels and Redcoats” Revolutionary War re-enactment Saturday at Petrifying Springs Park.
“I said naughty words because I didn’t get my way,” she joked.
Her husband Tom put her there.
“OK, I’ll see you later,” he said, pretending to leave after snapping her photo.
The couple, new to Kenosha, was joined by their daughter Rebecca McCarty and her husband Joe, of California. The Illinois transplants said they are having fun exploring their new surroundings.
“I can’t believe all the opportunities, and most of them are free or low cost,” Sue said. “We saw this in the (Kenosha) News and thought it sounded interesting.”
The re-enactment, in its fifth year at Petrifying Springs, continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. It includes demonstrations, the opportunity to interact with those in the encampment and a late afternoon battle.
“We encourage people to interact with us,” said Nancy Sorchy, who served as the “head laundress” at the camp. “We will respond as if you approached us in the year 1778.
“We want people to ask questions because that is how they are going to understand history.”
She said women were hired for the laundry detail as well as to mend uniforms and sew.
On Saturday, she spent some time cross-stitching initials into soldiers’ shirts before laundering them in boiling water and scrubbing them on a washboard.
The authentic earthen camp kitchen is rare for re-enactments, said Kathy Rasch, who has been participating in them since 1975.
The Kenosha County Parks Department dug a circular moat in the ground for the event. Fire boxes are carved into the side of the center island, where wood is burned. The top of the island serves as the cooktop by drilling 3-inch holes down to the fire below.
“We don’t have the opportunity to do a camp kitchen very often,” she said. “It is a more efficient way to use wood.”
Several “civilian camp cooks” were assigned to the kitchen, where big pots of beef stew were cooking.
There were also merchants who would follow the military to sell their wares to soldiers, or who would have been in business at the time.
Naomi Holthaus, of Racine, worked a wool loom Saturday and hummed along as her husband Lyle Holthaus sang folk songs.