History vs. Hollywood: The 2d Virginia Regiment in “TURN”

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Any Virginians in the house? Todd Post, an avid researcher of the Second Virginia regiment, has a few things to say about their unexpected cameo in the latest TURN episode, “Of Cabbages and Kings.” Definitely worth a read if you’re trying to make sense of the TURN’s convoluted timeline or keep track of the liberties it’s taking with military history.  The following post is reblogged from the Second Virginia WordPress blog page.

The 2d Virginia Regiment

The AMC series Revolutionary War drama TURN is loosely based on the Culper Ring, a spy ring organized by Major Benjamin Tallmadge which operated primarily in New York, Long Island, and Connecticut. Episode 3 – “Of Cabbages and Kings” opens with Tallmadge and General Scott encountering a group of retreating soldiers and refugees. They confront one of the soldiers and ask what regiment he is from. Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 4.26.52 PM After the soldier avoids the question, Scott goes on to say “You’re 2d Virginia Regiment, you’re supposed to be at Fort Lee.”, to which the soldier replies with his account of the fall of Fort Washington and evacuation of Fort Lee. Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 4.27.10 PM While the entire series thus far has taken liberties with the historical timeline, none of the story in this brief scene as it relates to this soldier of the 2d Virginia Regiment has any basis in historical fact.

The 2d Virginia Regiment was not present…

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One thought on “History vs. Hollywood: The 2d Virginia Regiment in “TURN”

    janice said:
    May 9, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I have seen women without head coverigs in Turn. For Living History we are tol not to show our hair and to always have head covering on or we were lose women.

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