Tuesday, 18 April 2017

American Revolution Spanish plates

Thomsomfeld sent me this link to some great artwork in the style of Malcolm MacGregor.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Museum of the American Revolution

Exhibit Sneak Peek: The War in the South
Come face-to-face with life-size figures on horseback of Banastre Tarleton’s Loyalists Dragoons, a loyalist corps, composed of Americans who sided with the king against Congress.
Even amidst the horrors of the Southern war, Tarleton’s corps had a particular reputation for cruelty and mercilessness. Though these stories were sometimes exaggerated, the British Legion came to symbolize the extreme violence of war in the region. Despite their reputation for mercilessness, Tarleton’s British Legion struggled with politics like many Southerners. Many of them were “soft loyalists,” or American Continentals captured at the Siege of Charleston, and forced to fight for the King.
FB page here

Oswego Alex Stepkin

New Russian language book on the siege artwork by Ralph Mitchard! Details here (Russian language)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

'View of the Camp of Calais in 1756.' Watercolor, 1756, by Pierre Lenfant.

 Ive been waiting for this image to be on the internet as it is a really valuable look at the French army in camp - the figures in the bottom left are wearing bonnets for example. Shame about the watermark.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

How Daniel Day Lewis Became The Last of the Mohicans Rare Footage

Daniel Day-Lewis prepared for the role of Hawkeye by living in the woods for several days and learning to hunt and skin animals.
On set, he stayed in character by avoiding modern technology, traveling by canoe, and rolling his own cigarettes. His trusty flintlock
rifle never left his side either — he even brought it to Christmas dinner.

Exercise gif

From the Valenciennes manuscript 1774


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Bushy Run Battlefield t-shirt

This looks a cool item which comes in a variety of sizes and colours. Show your support. Bushy Run Facebook page

Redcoats Cuba 1762

Detail from this painting

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Grenadier 64th Foot

“The Grenadier Book of 1768”, The Prince Consort's Library, London

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

British Infantry Uniforms since 1660 Barthorp/Turner

This is a pretty good old book - 1982. Covers a lot of ground but it's pretty accurate. Here's the SYW images

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Event at Ticonderoga

Join Fort Ticonderoga for a one-day living history event Saturday, March 25th to witness how French soldiers, Canadians, and Native warriors prepare for an attack on Fort William Henry on March 16, 1757. Visitor's Schedule: http://www.fortticonderoga.org/blog/witness-french-military-campaign-capture-lake-george-260th-anniversary/

Serious snow at Old Fort Niagara

47th Foot in the UK

Experimented in the 90s with the Saratoga uniform. Facebook page for the group now.

Friday, 10 March 2017

The Battle of St. Louis, the Attack on Cahokia and the American Revolution in the West

This is a new book project from Steve Kling due in May. There is a Facebook page for the project
This event is celebrated every year so if you're local that's another reason to be interested. Steve had an ancestor in the Militia at the battle.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

60th in the UK


British reinforcements arrive at Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania, 1754

Clip from the 1984 US TV miniseries "George Washington" (480 min; 3 parts). Based on the biographical book by James Thomas Flexner.

The British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia, 1781

Clip from the 1984 US TV miniseries "George Washington" (480 min; 3 parts). Based on the biographical book by James Thomas Flexner.

Sunday, 5 March 2017


Thanks to Chris Cook for this

Thursday, 2 March 2017

The Burning of the Valleys Gavin Watt

This is one of my favourite books on the American Revolution. Its available to buy as an eBook. If you like reading about raiding in the era. We used this as historical reference for an event at the Ulster American Folkpark in 1999.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

French Revwar infantry drill

Bourbonnais http://regtbourbonnais.com/index.html
   We need an AWI French unit in the UK. This s useful. Very similar to the 1790s drill I used to do. Images of French troops during the American Revolution

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A trapper in snowshoes, 1857

I know the image is from the 19thc but it is still interesting for those of us who are interested in Canadian stylings

Highlanders advance at the Battle of New Orleans, 1815

Extracts from the 1958 movie “The Buccaneer”. A film not directed by De Mille but it has his stamp on it being a remake of an earlier movie.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

From Fort Ticonderoga

With a perfect blanket of snow on the ground this morning, we took the opportunity to test some 18th-century winter transportation technology: snowshoes and toboggans!

I Am A Son Of Mars

Hear it here

Robert Burns - I Am A Son Of Mars - written in 1785

I am a son of Mars who have been in many wars,
And show my cuts and scars wherever I come;
This here was for a wench, and that other in a trench,
When welcoming the French at the sound of the drum.

My 'prenticeship I past where my leader breath'd his last,
When the bloody die was cast on the heights of Abram:
and I served out my trade when the gallant game was play'd,
And the Morro low was laid at the sound of the drum.

I lastly was with Curtis among the floating batt'ries,
And there I left for witness an arm and a limb;
Yet let my country need me, with Elliot to head me,
I'd clatter on my stumps at the sound of a drum.

And now tho' I must beg, with a wooden arm and leg,
And many a tatter'd rag hanging over my bum,
I'm as happy with my wallet, my bottle, and my callet,
As when I used in scarlet to follow a drum.

What tho' with hoary locks, I must stand the winter shocks,
Beneath the woods and rocks oftentimes for a home,
When the t'other bag I sell, and the t'other bottle tell,
I could meet a troop of hell, at the sound of a drum

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Der Winter, der ein Sommer war (Trailer)

TV series from 1976. Imdb.
If you have an interest in things Hessian then this movie could be up your street

Friday, 20 January 2017

1757 Battle on Snowshoes Battle Re-enactment

More here

January 21, 2017

Join Fort Ticonderoga as we recreate the epic 1757 Battle on Snowshoes on the anniversary of the event. This lesser known, but no less dramatic, Battle on Snowshoes brings to life the fierce clash in the woods between French soldiers and Rogers Rangers as the roar of muskets highlight Ranger warfare and the struggle for North America. Discover the peoples, weapons, and stories through living history vignettes, exhibitions and hands-on programs. March out with French soldiers and their allies before they spring upon Rogers’ Rangers.
Highlighted programming featured throughout the day brings to life both the British Ranger story and French history at Fort Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. Discover the fight for survival as the Rangers struggle to escape back to Fort Edward, behind British lines. See how French soldiers and officers lived in their quarters inside the fort barracks and watch as soldiers work together to keep each other in fighting shape. In addition to the living history program, step inside exhibition spaces and discover the incredible French artifacts on display in the museum.
On January 21st, 1757 detachment of French soldiers with horse drawn sleds left Fort Carillon to pick up supplies, not knowing Rogers’ Ranger lay in wait on the trail to Crown Point to the north. Ambushed, some French soldiers escaped to warn the fort and they set their own ambush for Rogers and his men marching home.

This weekend

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Art of War - Bushy Run - William Britain's

Thanks to William Flynn for this. Go here to see more.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Blue Moon 15mm French and Indian war

I quite liked Frekotps 15s line for the F&I but these actually look better, Get them from Old Glory,

Monday, 9 January 2017

Photo Richard Patterson Old Barracks Museum

Overnight march from Trenton to Princeton. Well done!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Revwar Winter event in Poland

An event by Revolutionary reenactors in Poland to commemorate Princeton 1777. The enthusiasm and attention to detail are superb. Join them on Facebook here

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Hessian Jaeger shower curtain

Revwar reenactor Tom has been immortalised on a shower curtain. I'm jealous! 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Groupe Lafayette

This is France's premier Revwar Patriot unit. Not sure if I have written about them before. Here's their Facebook page. If you don't do FB see more here
   Anyway they announced on my Seven Years War Living History FB group that they are opening a new additional impression - namely British Seven Years War.  So that is interesting indeed, adding to the spread of Redcoat units.  More information when it becomes available.
 Theyre very modest and say We are a young French group passionate about history ... we are aware that we still have a lot to learn but we are working on it. That's why I ask you to be indulgent with us! ......