Saturday 24 July 2010

Founders Day at Fort La Presentation, Ogdensburg, NY

'A French & Indian War reenactment in July 2010 attended by numerous armed gunboats and troops, including the schooner La Revenante.'

Saturday 17 July 2010

Malá bílá vrána - Alej

I like this a lot. This looks like a music video set and filmed at one of the Czech French and Indian wars events. I Like the film, the idea and the music is great too. The caption says The epic clip band Mala bila vrana (Little white crow) in the background of colonial wars in North America. Well done!

2010 French and Indian War Grand Encampment

At Ticonderoga. Good film I reckon.

Bloody Fall Massacre 1771

Took place today. More here

Thursday 15 July 2010

Pike Expedition 1806

This expedition started today in 1806. Roughly contemporary with the Lewis and Clark expedition but not as famous.

Tuesday 13 July 2010

New German Living History Magazine

Dear friends,

after a long time of preparation my magazine is now available.

At you'll find more informations and a PDF-file
for downloading.

AFAKTOR is a germanspeaking magazine dedicated to Re-enacters
from the Stoneage to 1918.

The first issue is for free and from December 2010 on our magazine
will be available quarterly in Trainstations and per Abonnement.

You and your groups are very welcome if you wish to introduce
yourself, feel welcome!

Please send your feedbacks to:

Kind regards,

Udo Brühe

Monday 12 July 2010

Kosciuszko and the American Revolution

TADEUSZ KOSCIUSZKO AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION tells a story of the Northern Campaign 1777--the turning point of the American Revolution—and the Polish volunteer Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who played a key role in the Campaign. It's a story of incompetence, corruption, and heroism of the American Revolution

Thursday 8 July 2010

Battle of Restigouche 1760

250 years ago today this naval battle was fought. Of couse Le Machault has in recent years has yielded many archeological treasures giving an insight into the type of goods coming from France to New France. Check them out in the book Legacy of the Machault: a collection of 18th-century artifacts - see sction on weaponry here and clothing here

Wednesday 7 July 2010

War of 1812 at the Ulster American Folkpark

This recent 4th of July event looks like it went well - over there in Omagh, Northern Ireland. This image is from the BBC. I think they got some coverage on the news so if you follow a few links you might see it on the i-player. It looks like the Folkpark have a new building - an original 1827 frontier house.

Tuesday 6 July 2010

Sunday 4 July 2010

Happy 4th of July

Here's a clip from The War That Made America series which covers the battle of Monongahela - one of my favourite French and Indian wars battles. This is a really well shot series and if you haven't watched any of them check them out. Watch the battle of the Plains of Abraham here

Saturday 3 July 2010

Wyoming Valley Massacre

This event happened today in 1778. According to the wiki;
More than three hundred Patriots were killed in a battle, some alleging the Iroquois raiders hunted and killed fleeing Patriots before torturing[3] to death thirty to forty who had surrendered.

Accounts indicate that the moment of contact was followed by a sharp battle lasting about forty-five minutes. An order to reposition the Patriot line turned into a frantic rout when the inexperienced Patriot militia panicked. This ended the battle and triggered the Iroquois hunt for survivors. Only sixty of the Americans managed to escape, and only five were taken prisoner. Some of the victorious Loyalists and Iroquois killed and tortured an unknown number of prisoners and fleeing soldiers. Butler reported that 227 American scalps were taken.[6]

Colonel Dennison surrendered Forty Fort and two other forts along with the remaining soldiers the next morning. The Americans were paroled with the condition that they not engage in hostilities for the remainder of the war. These soldiers were not harmed. Colonel Dennison and the militia did not honor the terms of their parole, and they were under arms within the year and later attacked Iroquois villages.

There was no substantial killing of non-combatants and almost no inhabitants were injured or molested after the surrender.[7] John Butler wrote : "But what gives me the sincerest satisfaction is that I can, with great truth, assure you that in the destruction of the settlement not a single person was hurt except such as were in arms, to these, in truth, the Indians gave no quarter."[8] An American farmer wrote: "Happily these fierce people, satisfied with the death of those who had opposed them in arms, treated the defenseless ones, the woman and children, with a degree of humanity almost hitherto unparalleled".[9]

According to one source, 60 bodies were found on the battlefield and another 36 were found on the line of retreat and all were buried in a common grave[4]. According to another source 73 bodies were also buried in one hole.[citation needed]

The Iroquois were enraged at the accusations of atrocities which they said they had not committed, as well as at the militia taking arms after being paroled. This would have tragic consequences at the Cherry Valley Massacre later that year.[10]

Portrait of an officer Stephen Slaughter