Army Soundbites Series

The “Army Soundbites” program will be a series of 30 minute FREE live virtual programs focused on the history of food and drink in the U.S. Army. Programs will feature On Point contributors, historians, and other museum professionals, including living history reenactors at Army related museums and historic sites. Program guests will have 10-15 minutes to talk about their food or drink topic and the rest of the program will allow time for questions from the Foundation’s host and program participants.

Join our livestream May 27th at 1:00 p.m.

Army Soundbites with George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Latest Program – May 27th, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EST

More Difficulties than Delicacies: Feeding the Army of the Revolutionary War with Thomas Plott, Manager of Character Interpretation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

In this program, George Washington’s Personal Physician, Dr. James Craik, will recount the struggle and adversity of trying to feed the Army during the Revolutionary War. Program participants will learn about the daily rations, the lack of an established supply system, and the inventive ways the Soldiers kept from starving. Also, participants will learn about some of the most “popular” recipes the Soldiers at during the war.

Thomas Plott

Serves as Manager of Character Interpretation at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and has over 30 years of professional acting and directing experience. He depicts several key figures in George Washington’s life, including Doctor James Craik and James Anderson. Plott has also served as a writer for several special performances at Mount Vernon including A Night at Mount Vernon, The Forgotten Patriots, and The Children’s Naturalization Ceremony for the children of the new citizens of the United States.

Doctor James Craik

Dr. Craik was one of George Washington’s oldest and closest friends. They met while serving in the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War and later Dr. Craik served under Washington during the American Revolution. In 1798, he was appointed Physician General (the precursor to the Surgeon General). Dr. Craik was also Washington’s personal physician and one of three doctors who attended Washington on his deathbed in 1799.