Monday, 29 March 2010

Dr Fred Anderson lecture on the Seven Years War

You might know this man's work - this lecture is on why the war is worth remembering.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Ste Foy 1760

If you sre wondering if there is going to be anything to celebrate the 250th of this French victory then wonder no more - this article tells you what to expect in April.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

George Washington - Music for the First President (3)

Some kind soul has uploaded this album in 3 parts on Youtube. Details of this album are available here

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Winter raid - European style

This is a photo of Great Northern Wars reenactors recreating a raid on a Swedish town in 1705 - I posted this is I thought that maybe you'd enjoy the image and ponder how similar the GNW is to the F&I in certain aspects. More on my Wars of Lous XIV blog.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Scene from Barry Lyndon

Oh how many times have I seen this sequence? OK I know there's a lot wrong with it - for a start if they're supposed to be a line regiment where's the lace? - and the drummer's mitres...white gaiters OK for parades like this but not in combat as later in the film - maybe it makes more sense to see them as Militia - but they turn up in Germany...but the flavour and the artistry are beyond criticism - capturing the excitement of seeing a military display in those times. Kubrick was originally set to make a movie about Napoleon but the Bondarchuk film Waterloo did badly and so Kubrick abandoned the project - the script is up online somewhere. Kubrick had threats from the IRA when shooting this movie - the German sequences were shot by a second unit - Kubrick began his habit of not leaving the British Isles. David Chandler who worked on this film later had access to all the uniforms and occasionally they were used by the Sealed Knot though not so much recently. Drums were made by Potter's.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

John Graves Simcoe

Someone who is celebrated in the West Country (where he started and ended his career) is this man. So it's not surprising to find a Devon-based reenactment society based on his Queen's Rangers - who are active in the area and attending Revwar events nationwide.
Queen's Rangers wiki entry

Saturday, 20 March 2010

French and Indian war collection

Here is a link to an album of some great F&I figures - I'll let you work out the scale and so on. Also some Revolution images that I like too. I quite like the aesthetic of not painting the plastic figures - they often look better unpainted in my opinion.

Images from 1764

I've always found these small images at the bottom of a map of the Pontiac campaign interesting...have a look at them on full screen to see for yourself.

Mississinewa 1812 - Morning Colours

Interesting film of the morning ceremony at this 1812 event.

Imrie Risley 1/32 Revolution figures

I like the look of these 1/32 metal kit figures for the American Revolution.

Le Petite Guerre French and Indian war skirmish

As you may know I am a bit of a 1/32 scale fan so I was pleased to see this article on a wargame using figures of this size. Now of course with the Armies in Plastic range it's even easier.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Black Robe trailer

I haven't featured this Canadian movie much as it's a little early (around the time of Champlain) but just in case you haven't seen it here's a trailer - the music is wonderful - and the scenery and canoeing bits are worth the price of the DVD.

Jager Companie von Roder

While searching for Cooch's Bridge I found this site which is full of interesting photos and so forth. Of special interest was this photo of two Amusettes being used.
If you want to read more about these guns check out this page
Amusettes as 18th Century Artillery with the J├Ągers and other Light Infantry
Also another piece on Amusette's in the Revwar is here

Battle of Cooch's Bridge preview

Great footage including skirmishing from Light Infantry in this capture of the 230th anniversary reenactment. Cooch's Bridge was the only Revwar battle fought in Delaware.

Stephen Decatur

American naval hero - biography here. I actually had never heard of this fellow before but I was reading up about the Jersey Devil and apparently Decatur saw it while inspecting cannonballs and fired at it. The reason I was reading about the Jersey Devil was I was reading about a movie which has the origins of this creature as a Native American dedicating his 13th son to the Devil to fight the Americans in the Revolution.
Anyway back to Stephen Decatur, Jr. (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the United States Navy, and the first American celebrated as a national military hero who had not played a role in the American Revolution. Also fought in the
Quasi War - between France and the US - 1798-1800 - I didn't know about this 'conflict' either - (it's great when one thing leads to another)
In the United States, the conflict was sometimes also referred to as the Franco-American War, the Undeclared War with France, the Undeclared Naval War, the Pirate Wars, or the Half-War.

Frontier Folk

I am sure you who reenact all know about this forum but just in case you don't here's a link to get you started on searching the various threads. As far as I know it covers all aspects of the 18th century as it impacted America, from Native American topics to military.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Patrick's Day in 1780

American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence".
First celebrated in New York in 1756.

Deportation of the Acadians

This Quebec history videos are good - not sure which ones we have had so check out the others if you haven't seen any. This is one we haven't had.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Battle of Guildford Courthouse


Today was the day this battle of the American Revolution was fought.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Dan Snow's 'Battle for North America'

March 16th on British tv (BBC 2 9pm) is this documentary - trailer here - more here - on the Battle of Quebec in the French and Indian war. (Below are some of the graphics for the show)

Dade 2010

Excellent film of this year's reenactment of the Seminole Wars battle. Worth watching to the end so you can see the magnificent Seminole reenactors - I want to be a Seminole at this event! I suppose I ought to go on the Dade Battlefield society page. The blurb for this video reads
"Have a good heart; our difficulties and dangers are over now, and as soon as we arrive at Fort King you'll have three days to rest and keep Christmas gaily." Major Francis L. Dade spoke these words of encouragement to 107 cold, tired soldiers in a pine forest on the morning of December 28, 1835. Within eight hours, only three soldiers would survive the battle that marked the beginning of the Second Seminole War.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

A couple of really good Seminole Wargames

Got these through the Mocassins wargames forum - they are photos of a lovely 15mm Seminole Wargames set up using mostly Freikorps 15 figures. Terrain looks the business.
One album is here and another here

Master of Ballantrae

Someone was asking the other day about fiction from a French-Canadian perspective and this started me trawling the memory banks trying to think of something. Not much luck - maybe you know some? But anyway this story by Stevenson has a section when the main protagonist goes to New France seeking refuge as an exiled Jacobite. He also goes to India and is involved in piracy too. Pretty good going for one story. They remade this as a miniseries in 1984 with Richard Thomas and Michael York but there's not much on Youtube - a trailer for it here - I vaguely remember some scenes with Indians and so forth. Wiki on the story here - download the novel here

Friday, 12 March 2010

D C Washington 'The Mohawk'

Occasionally I find obscure records that hail from the rock and roll era that kind of fit in with the theme of this blog but this is the first one I've posted - hope you enjoy this slice of Americana.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

The Crossing (2000)

I have not seen this movie starring Jeff Daniels as George Washington and covering the events that result in the battle of Trenton but this clip looks interesting.

Stewart Museum at Montreal

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The Military Fife

Interesting little film recommended by Thomsomfeld about the military fife.

Battle of Longwoods 1814

This battle was fought today - Caldwell's Rangers and Natives were involved so it definitely is worth reading about on the wiki article.

Continental army coat

If you want to get a Revolution era coat then this one from Jas Townsend looks good. Actually I remember Natassia Kinski in the Revolution movie looked pretty fetching in one and started a little fashion in the reenactment community for ladies to wear oversized military coats over their skirts and stuff.

Revolution (1985)

So here it is - now you can enjoy the movie in its entirety. Filmed mainly in King's Lynn and Exmoor this lost a lot of money when it came out. Prompted the famous criticism 'What Revolution was this?'. I think it was an influence on Mann's 'Mohicans' - particularly the Indian scenes which were shot in Wales I think. Quite a starry cast. Mohawks were a London street gang of the 18th century - I don't think they existed in New York. Funny how Pacino is the only one with an American accent. I remember reading a piece, that I don't have anymore sadly, by the historical advisor about how he just went to G Gedney Godwin and bought one of each thing and then traced the manufacturers of the various items - many from the UK and then got multiples. I expect G Gedney Godwin were chuffed. Reading the Imdb it seems this film is gradually picking up some good responses. Maybe its time has come. I remember when everyone slagged off 'Barry Lyndon' and then Kubrick died and it became a 5 star unmissable classic.

French and Indian wargames army

This is a great little wargames movie - the blurb says
This is my French Detachment for a game set during the French & Indian war 1756-1763. Models are a mix of Perry Miniatures and Conquest Miniatures.
Rules used for gaming are called "This Very Ground" and are written by "Iron Ivan".

Forces of Montcalm and Wolfe event pictures

Go here to see F&I reenactment photos from the last few years.

KohkohMah 2006

Gallery of woodland indian reenactment images - looks like the Pontiac rebellion but I am not sure. I am looking forward to the 250th of 1763 - could throw up some interesting events and so on.

Tempis Fugit blog

This is a great historical blog that has much care and work gone into. Found by Thomsomfeld on his travels around the web.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

French and Indian wargame

Pleasant film of a tabletop encounter in 28mm with the Sharp Practice rules.