Sunday, 28 February 2010
Another thing I used to do a lot in the late 90s was write pieces for living history magazines on the French and Indian group I was running. There were three glossy mags at that time - this one was the first and this piece was in the launch issue - it only ran to a couple. I'm not sure if this piece actually makes any sense - I think by this time I had written so many bits on the F&I scene I had lost the plot a little. My sister took the photos at Bath. You may wonder how many people you get from an article like this - well none of course but with other articles in other mags it created a surge effect that eventually wore people down to thinking maybe everyone is actually getting into the F&I ... good times.
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Friday, 26 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
This page (recommended by Thomsomfeld) is interesting. It tells the tale of an Ohio PBS documentary on the settling of the Northwest Territory in the late 18th century. Some fine 3d images of reconstructed forts are on the site including the unusual Campus Martius which was made of component dwellings creating what they call a condominium fort.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
This range is large and covers a lot of ground. Certainly lots of raiding indians and settlers farming (why don't they do Indians farming and settlers raiding?) anyway...
If you want to see them in use go to this Last of the Mohicans page (where the image is from) from New Zealand wargamers who have also put up some rules here so you have everything you need to get started.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
In short a man kidnapped in Scotland who eventually is captured by Indians, escapes and serves as a soldier in the SYW before coming back to Scotland. Read the book here or download it here - also here for more stuff
and various Vicissitudes of Fortune, of
A DISBANDED SOLDIER.
A particular Account of the Manners, Customs, and Dress, of the SAVAGES; of their scalping, burning and other Barbarities, committed on the ENGLISH in NORTH AMERICA during his residence among them: Being at eight Years of Age, Stolen from his Parents and sent to PENNSYLVANIA, where he was sold as a SLAVE: Afterwards married and settled as Planter, 'till the Indians destoy'd his House and every Thing he had and carried him off as a Captive; from whom after several Months Captivity, he made his Escape, and serv'd as a Volunteer and Soldier in many Expeditions against them.
A SUMMARY of the Transactions of the several Provinces of PENNSYLVANIA, (including PHILADELPHIA), NEW YORK, NEW ENGLAND, NEW JERSEY, &c, &c. From the Commencement of the War in these parts; particularly, those relative to the intended Attack on CROWN POINT and NIAGARA.
And, an accurate and succinct detail, of the operations of the FRENCH and ENGLISH Forces at the Siege of OSWEGO, where the AUTHOR was wounded and taken Prisoner; and being afterwards sent to ENGLAND, was on his Arrival at Plymouth, discharg'd as incapable of FURTHER Services.
Written by HIMSELF, 1758.
Every one of these red sons of the forest (or rather of the prairie) is a knight and lord . . . the only things which he deems worthy of his exertions are to mount his snorting steed, with his bow and quiver slung, his arrow-shield upon his arm, and his long lance glistening in the war-parade . . .” George Catlin probably painted this work in his studio between 1835 and 1837.
The enemy of the Hispanic Lancer below would have probably been the Comanche - this documentary deals with their adoption of the horse during the 18th century.
Image from here where it says
Hispanic lancer, 18th c., an example of the Spanish/Mexican troops who guarded the frontier provinces of New Spain. Note his quilted leather coat of seven-ply buckskin, pommel and cantle of saddle, carbine, saddlebags for carrying water and field rations, lance, pistols hanging from hooks on saddle skirt, shield, leggings and spurs, wooden stirrups, and cartridge box; c. 1803. Ramon Murillo, artist.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Wiki on the legion
An in-depth and interesting article on the activities of the Legion in America and beyond here
quoting this article it says
The rank and file included subjects of 15 European countries, from Ireland to Russia and from Denmark to Hungary. Just a third of the men were French. Fifty-five percent came from Alsace, Lorraine, and the myriad states of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. The officers hailed from Sweden and from France, from England and Ireland, from Poland and from sundry German states. Among them they spoke eight tongues, but by tradition and heritage the unit cursed in Hungarian. They were part of the French armed forces, yet by ordonnance of the Ministere de la Marine their language of command was German. They were light infantry and cavalry, but took their orders from the naval minister.
Lauzun Legion reenactors here
This depiction of The Death of Jane McCrea was painted in 1804 by John Vanderlyn.
Jane McCrea was a loyalist whose death at the hands of British-allied natives was a cause celebre and media coup in modern parlance for American patriots in the Revolution.
According to the wikisource Bleecker's epistolary novel, The History of Maria Kittle, was written in the form of a letter to Miss Susan Ten Eyck. The novel took the Indian Captivity story genre in new directions, as it was possibly the first American fictional account focusing on Native Americans.
Narrative of the capture and providential escape of Misses Frances and Almira Hall : two respectable young women (sisters) of the ages of 16 and 18, who were taken prisoners by the savages, at a frontier settlement, near Indian Creek, in May last ... : Likewise is added the interesting narrative of the captivity and sufferings of Philip Brigdon, a Kentuckian, who fell into the hands of the merciless savages ... (1833)
Smith is remembered also these days for his memoir of his captivity with Indians called Scoouwa: James Smith's Indian Captivity. He tells the tale of when he was 18 during Braddock's march he is captured and taken to Fort Duquesne, forced to run the gauntlet and is then adopted under the name Scoouwa.
Monday, 15 February 2010
Today is the birthday of this continental army officer. (Although today is President's day/Washington's birthday today in the US Washington's birthday is on the 22nd). Stacy had an interesting and heroic career, being at the battle of Bunker Hill and being captured at the Cherry Valley Massacre and surviving being burnt at the stake by being spared by Joseph Brant because he was a freemason.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Back in the 80s and 90s in Britain there was a small but good Revwar scene and one of the groups active were the 2nd Rhode Island regiment. Based in the UK's smallest city, Wells they were built around a nucleus of young lads who had known each other since kindergarten. The 2nd Rhode Island were what would now be called a 'hardcore' unit - cooking all their authentic food on the fire and smoking their clay pipes.
If you are wondering about the fort in the picture it is in Hampshire and is a place where buckskinners hang out - Fort George.
Many years ago in the UK this regiment used to be recreated over in Wales.
Here is a website of a US company. Here is a Lefferts pic and uniform details.
An attempt to relieve the fort resulted in the battle of Oriskany.
It's a frustrating fact that John Ford intended to film this battle as part of the 1939 colour epic Drums Along the Mohawk and had put aside three weeks to film it but bad weather caused him to abandon it instead we have Henry Fonda describing the action in the aftermath. The film does depict Joseph Brant's siege of Fort Dayton though.
Another real event that is fictionalised in the film is the run by Adam Helmer ("the Paul Revere of the Mohawk Valley") though in the movie it is done by Gil Martin (Fonda)
Saturday, 13 February 2010
This German group who recreate the French and Indian war period have an interesting website. If you like the regiment but are in the Americas then this page is of the same regiment in Canada. And if that don't interest you then this page is of a la Sarre regiment in Australia.
Origin: Lorraine region
The 2nd Régiment La Sarre Battalion landed in Québec on June 3, 1756. It was involved in the capture of Fort Oswego in August of the same year, and escorted to Montreal the British soldiers taken prisoner in battle. In August 1757, several soldiers of this regiment participated in the Fort William-Henry face-off. The regiment then backed up Montcalm's army at the battle of Carillon in 1758. Finally, the Régiment La Sarre participated in the battles of Montmorency, the Plains of Abraham and Sainte-Foy34.
The Régiment La Sarre uniform consisted of a greyish-white justaucorps with blue turnback cuffs (three buttons). The jacket was red while the breeches, the same colour as the justaucorps, were worn with white or grey stockings and black metal buckle shoes. It had white gaiters that reached below the knee and were fastened with a black leather thong. The tricorn was made of black felt and trimmed with gold braid35.
Washington Reviewing the Western Army, at Fort Cumberland, Maryland, after 1795
Attributed to Frederick Kemmelmeyer (German, ca. 1755–1821)
More Kemmelmeyer here
Friday, 12 February 2010
Also read about Sagaunash - his son and Metis warrior 'Billy Caldwell'.
The wiki on Canadian units of the War of 1812 states
Caldwell's Western Rangers
Known as Caldwell's Rangers, after their commander, noted Loyalist and Indian trader William Caldwell. The unit was a rather small one, probably not more than fifty men. Nominally organised as two companies, they often worked in conjunction with the Indian Department and fought dispersed alongside the Indians (chiefly the Ojibwe, Wyandotte and Pottowottomi). The unit, or parts of it, fought at the Battle of Moraviantown, the Battle of Longwoods, the Battle of Lundy's Lane and in several actions on the Niagara peninsula.
There is little authenticated documentation as to the clothing and equipment carried by the Rangers. It is known that the rangers were issued a "bucket cap" (probably a cut down infantry shako without the brass plate or hackle), grey woollen trousers and a green woollen tunic, and a black leather bayonet belt and cartridge box. This equipment was issued only once; after that, they were told to re-supply themselves from the enemy. In summer, they would wear white cotton instead of woollen trousers.
It is not known with which model musket they were issued, although some scholars have suggested that they would have been captured American Springfield Model 1795 Musket (British forces under Isaac Brock captured over 1200 Muskets and over 200 Rifles at Detroit) while some others contend they may have used trade muskets instead. The Rangers found that the standard infantry bayonet was too cumbersome for bush fighting and often used hatchets (tomahawks) instead.
The Rangers were recruited locally from Essex County and enrolled into the militia, but not permitted to quit the British service at their leisure as sedentary Militia could.
Fort Malden National Historic Site (Canada) has in recent years employed summer students for the re-created unit at the Park and regional re-enactments. There is also a Modern Re-enacting unit that recreates the Rangers; they are based out of Amherstburg, Ontario and work in conjunction with Fort Malden.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
The wiki states
William Wells (c. 1770 – 15 August 1812), also known as Apekonit ("Carrottop"), was the son-in-law of Chief Little Turtle of the Miamis. He fought for the Miami in the Northwest Indian War, but during the course of that war, he became a US army officer, and also served in the War of 1812.
Wells died a hero at the Fort Dearborn Massacre - read about it here