Three weeks ago saw the inaugural event of The Federal Era Society of Maryland, a pet project of my friend Ben’s. The event was a “Rake’s Night”, so-named after the historical tradition of young men (generally bachelors) getting together to drink, gamble, womanize, and generally behave badly. There was punch and there was Faro (the most popular card game in the early 19th century) and there was even something of a fight at one point. All in all, a successful night!
This was also my first foray into federal era reenacting since I joined Ship’s Company this year. I was wearing entirely borrowed clothing, but I found it to be a much more physically comfortable period to dress in than the late 18th century that I hold so dear. I’ll be making War of 1812 era clothing in the coming months, so that I can participate in more events with both Ship’s Company and the Federal Era Society.