Stefan Zarniecki's Division and Boleslav Orlicki's Light Artillery, as pictured above, held a two days authentic encampment here at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, just north of Baltimore City, on November 15-16, 2003. The two military formations are affiliates of the Sienkiewicz Society's Living History Project. The mission of the Project is to present the material and military culture of the mid-17th Century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 1653-1683 period.
The Society had been invited to participate in, and complement, a convention of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. More than 1,500 persons from all over the world attended and actively participated in this popular gaming event. The participants fought, and re-fought, every imaginable and historic land, sea and air battle, and entire wars, on the tables and floor of the vast exhibit hall.
Just outside of the hall, during the two days of living history, the Sienkiewicz Society soldiers held many displays and demonstrations of live fire artillery and musketry, archery, hand-to-hand combat with swords, lances and pikes, various military formations and maneuvers, and cavalry charges by lance wielding winged hussars. Exciting and tumultuous mock battles were also staged between the various formations of cavalry, dragoons and artillery, complete with many casualties' strewn all about the field of battle. The clustered, and very colorful, large flags, military banners and standards of the period streaming in the wind were in and of themselves a beautiful and stirring sight to behold; they were all hand made and exact replicas of the originals. The wives' of the soldiers did an excellent job of portraying the routine of daily life in the tented field camp, complete with all the normal and necessary artifacts and accouterments of the time.