Friday 27 August 2010

Queenstown Heights 2012

Plans are underway for this pivotal battle to be reenacted. See here


Nice little video to recruit people into the French regiment du Guyenne. If you live in the UK don't despair - someone over here is starting up this regiment - you can get involved in that.

Castlebar 1798

Today this victory over the British took place in the Irish Rebellion of 1798. The victorious army was a mixture of French and Irish forces. The victor was General Humbert who incidentally finished up fighting the British again at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 - in his general's uniform but with the rank of private.

Infuriated by the Kentuckians' fleeing, Jackson directed a French General, Jean Humbert, to cross the River and retake the American position. Humbert, who had fought under Napoleon and always appeared in his old uniform was delighted to accept the assignment. But in the U.S. ranks, he was serving as a volunteer private. Since Jackson neglected to give him written authority, American officers on the west bank refused to take orders from a man who was not a citizen, and Humbert returned angrily to Jackson's Headquarters ( From Union 1812: The Americans who Fought the Second War of Independence by A.J. Langguth)

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Demain dès l'aube (2009)

Thanks to a French speaking friend for letting me know about this French film which explores the world of reenacting in a darker way than say 'Faintheart'

Imdb says
Just saw this one at the Göteborg International Filmfestival. It was my opening film, and considering the talent, I expected something quality, and I got it. Vincent Perez plays a concert pianist, Mathieu, who takes a break from his good, but perhaps complicated life, to offer support to his brother Paul (Jeremie Renier), who lives with their very sick mother. Paul is into reenacting historical battles from the Napoleonic era, and Mathieu is sucked into this fantasy world, to stand by his brother. It turns out that the fantasy is more real than he had bargained for, and things get serious when people are easily offended, while playing the game. I'm not about to give the whole story away, but besides the interesting plot and excellent acting, there is also beautiful piano music and fantastic dueling scenes at dawn with great light. So go see, I'm glad I did!

Scenes from "Friends in Liberty", part 1

Part 2 here. *Winner of the 2010 NCMC (North Carolina Museums Council) award for "Best Historical Film".

These are selected scenes from "Friends in Liberty," a production by the North Carolina Museum of History. "Friends in Liberty" follows the experiences of 14-year-old Hugh McDonald and his friend, Anne Taylor. The film is based on the original journal of McDonald, the son of Scottish Loyalists, who joined the Sixth N.C. Regiment of the Continental Army in 1776. The fictitious character Anne Taylor gives us a girl's view of life during the Revolutionary War as she struggles with increasing responsibilities at home after her brother Samuel joins the militia.

See the entire film (52 mins) at:

Tuesday 24 August 2010


We weren't averse to a bit of theatre back in the day - we used to have deputations where we engaged in dialogue about the political issues.


We had a Warpost one year - painted it red and we had a striking the warpost ceremony. Not sure if warposts were like that but it was kind of symbolic.

Today in 1814

The British burn the White House. No gloating from me.

Monday 23 August 2010

Kids in the Hall - French fur trappers

Thanks to Thomsomfeld for sending in this humorous look at the fur trade.

Today in 1775

1775King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.
So you don't think I've forgotten - here's a British redcoat unit - the 47th foot. Some great images on the gallery.

The Last Invasion

Good film on the invasion of Wales in 1797.

Tate - American invader of 1797

I have decided to include stuff from the Revolutionary period in Europe - well it's flintlock and it's sort of interesting to the same people. This is an old blog piece.

Britain's Last Invasion 1797

I was in Bath library avoiding the rain yesterday and picked up a copy of Last Invasion: Fishguard 1797 by Teddy Thomas. A damn good read about the doomed invasion of Wales by a small force of Revolutionary French irregulars who were the dregs of the gaols of France and then despatched to a largely Welsh speaking area to raise the cause of liberty. Led by an American, Tate, whose parent had been killed by British allied Indians and hated the English. The Legion Noire proceeded to get drunk and pillage the area before surrendering in a pub. Great stuff. Make a great anti epic movie - Blue Peter did a nice film of it in 97...all the buildings are there (see pic). Photo of recreated Yeomanry cavalry from this excellent cavalry page. Yeomanry were the part time soldiers who took the surrender of the French army - note the Tarleton headgear fashionable at the time.
Picture of French troops of the Army of the Rhine 1796 from here

1798 Rebellion

Something I was doing in 1998 was reenacting the rebellion of the United Irishmen in Ireland. This image is of the battle of Ballynahinch which was in the North as surprisingly the 98 Rebellion was not sectarian.
The song General Munroe is about this part of the Rebellion.

Me ten years ago

Sue was cleaning out the shed and found this old paper - it's actually my local paper so this kind of attention was doubly embarassing - I first knew about it when my son's friends parents said something. We actually had a lot more Indians in those days - but a lot of them hadn't yet showed.

French and Indian war party at Fort Necessity

Lenape and Chrerokee warriors gather for a raiding party during the SYW.
News item here about forthcoming event.
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Friday 20 August 2010

New Thomsomfeld diorama

Here's something different for you - a diorama based on the Anza expedition to California in 1773. Here's some links that were useful in the making and preparation.

spanish uniforms
spanish uniform awi

Anza Trail

Prussian flintlock drill

Covering the period 1788 - 1807. Well produced film - thought you might find it interesting. It's posted as part of the Valmy 1792-2012 event which has an image page here so you can what the forces would be like.

Fallen Timbers

This devastating battle took place today in 1794. There is a book in full on Google books 'A journal of Wayne's campaign being a' by Lieutenant Boyer. Fascinating account.

Wednesday 18 August 2010

Photos of Fulda

Every year Kersten Kircher takes some lovely photos of this time travel event to the 18th century. As it's in the heart of I think Hessian country thought you might like a look.

Hessian Grenadier 1778

English caricature of a Hessian. Unknown artist. British Museum

The Hessians - (Der Winter der ein Sommer war - Germany 1976)

German miniseries based on a novel. You might have seen this before on this blog but I think this is a longer clip. Wikipedia article
It is available on DVD but I am not sure whether it has subtitles.

Saturday 14 August 2010

Friday 13 August 2010

French Revolution group

I thought you might like a look at this French group who recreate sans-culottes and National Guard for the 1790s.

CfdlM having fun in the snow

La Compagnie de La Vérendrye on Lake Manitoba in 2009.

Scots and Rangers bonnets

Back about 10 plus years ago I used to do a journal, the Bloody Morning Scout that used to get the occasional good article. This is one by Gerry Embleton on the subject of Rangers (and Scots) bonnets

New France & Old England

Skirmish featuring the UK F&I group at the event 'Blast from the Past' a short while back.

Thursday 12 August 2010

His Majesty's Independent Company of Foot

Those of us who follow the scene in Europe will have noticed a new Redcoat group among the Czech contingent in both sets of photos in the below posts. They represent an Independent Company which is an excellent idea.
Read about the South Carolina Independent Companies here
and here at Fort Loudon
See here for the Czech Republic's Seven Years War group.

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Warburg 1760-2010

Thanks again for sending this link to a great selection of photos of the recent 250th anniversary reenactment of the battle of Warburg.
The wiki says
On 31 July 1760, during the Seven Years' War, Warburg was the scene of a battle that now bears its name. Twenty-four thousand Prussian, Hanoverian, Hessian and British troops fought under Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick and the Crown Prince of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) against a French army of 21,500 soldiers led by Lieutenant-General Le Chevalier du Muy and the Duke of Broglie. The Prussians and their allies won, killing 8,000 French soldiers while losing only 1,500 themselves, leaving them free to sack the town. A tower on the Desenberg recalls the Battle of Warburg.

Revwar in Fulda

Thanks for sending me these links - this one is for the recent event in Germany which draws people every year at Fulda where they do Revwar and SYW on different days .

Bloody Mohawk

This looks like it might be a good read covering the F&I and Revwar on the New York Frontier. Read about it here

Valmy 1792-2012

I know this is a battle in the French Revolution but there is a great Facebook page for this reenactment battle between the French and the Prussians and they're talking about inviting some of the Revwar French whitecoats so some of you might be interested in that so I'll tag this American Revolution etc. Check out the page anyhoo.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Last of the Mohicans (1936)

You can now compare the 56 version with the Michael Mann one - I think the 90s script was based on this one so it should be fairly similar.

Monday 2 August 2010

Grand Encampment 5

Thought we'd have a look at what's about for last month's French and Indian war reenactment at Stoney Creek - this video is interesting.

Portrait of an officer Stephen Slaughter