The Ship's Company 1812 Marines are a volunteer reenactment group within Ship's Company that researches the history and demonstrates the working conditions and skills of U.S. Marines in the early 19th century, focusing on the War of 1812.
Each Ship's Company 1812 Marine member outfits himself with a historical Marine uniform, musket, bayonet, and accouterments from the War of 1812 period. We participate in battle reenactments, put on demonstrations, and occasionally present historical lectures. Our regular demonstration events include infantry drill, small boat operations with replica 1812-era ship's boats, and period encampments.
We participate in events in the Washington/Baltimore area as well as more distant events in conjunction with other military living history units from the period. Regular events for the Ship's Company 1812 Marines now include reenactments at Bladensburg, Maryland; the St. Leonard's Creek battlefield, at Jefferson-Patterson Park in southern Calvert County, Maryland; and the Defender's Day weekend celebration at Ft. McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland.