Monday 27 September 2010

Sunday 26 September 2010

Touching History

If you like model forts and so forth then (thanks for the tip-off from the Moccasins Yahoo Group) this blog will be of interest to you. Some excellent blockhouses to peruse.

Wednesday 22 September 2010

Thunderbolt Mountain 1/48ths

There has been a bit of talk about these figures on the Mocassins Yahoo Group and I have to admit to being highly impressed by the images of these models. They are 1/48th scale and are obviously of different proportions to say 28mm but they definitely look well worth tracking down as they're some of the best looking figures I've seen in this medium. Website here

Saturday 18 September 2010

'Unconquered'; Seminole reenactment film

Interesting look at the Seminole war reenactment from the voice of one of the participants.

Unconquered from Jackie Villavicencio on Vimeo.

Diary of the siege of Detroit in the war with Pontiac: also a narrative of ... By Robert Rogers, John Bradstreet

Full book here - well worth a look if you are interested in Pontiac's War or Robert Rogers

Drums along the Mohawk clip

Here is a clip of my favourite 'Eastern' of that era. This scene depicts the Indians under Caldwell - some lovely painterly shots make this eye candy for the frontier fan.

Mohawk (1956)

Full movie. Not in the classic status of other 'Easterns' like 'Drums Along the Mohawk' (footage was used from this film I think), but worth a watch if you're bored. Imdb here

Thursday 16 September 2010

Northwest Passage (1940)

Here it is the full movie. At 22;01 you can see the redcoats and Rangers lined up - one of my favourite bits. Beware though - this movie treats Indians (friendly and hostile) as sub human idiots - something these days is unacceptable but back in 1940 was the norm.

Raid on St Francis part 1

From the 40s movie Northwest Passage. Imdb on the trivia behind this movie. I am not a big fan of this movie but you have to admire the locations and sets even if the uniforms and the sentiments are a little dodgy. This scene has them creeping around the excellent mission recreation - course we know now the raid on St Francis wasn't as this movie depicted but there ya go. Read some histories of the raid here

28 Rules for Ranging by Rogers

Wiki on the various versions of the rules for ranging created by Robert Rogers.

Rogers Rangers on tv

If you live in the NH area this programme is airing tonight


roger's rangers; french and indian war This program is Closed Captioned

Airing 9/16/2010 @ 7:30 PM

Rogers' Rangers and the War That Made America Two hundred and fifty years ago, the French and Indian War was raging in North America. During the conflict, Robert Rogers of Dunbarton emerged as the leader of Roger's Rangers, a company of colonial troops that developed the style of warfare practiced today by America's Special Forces. Outlook's Richard Ager takes a closer look at Robert Rogers. In-Studio Guests: David Starbuck, Associate Professor of Anthropology/Sociology at Plymouth State University. He's the archeologist to the Saratoga National Historic Site and author of a new book, "Rangers and Redcoats on the Hudson", about his archeological dig on Rogers' Island. Also, Stuart Wallace, Associate Professor of History, New Hampshire Technical Institute.

Episode: 1264 roger's rangers; french and indian war
Program Length: 26 Minutes 43 Seconds
Educational Recording Rights: Fair Use Rights, 10 consecutive school days from taping.
Program Genre: pa - public affairs

Broadcast times for this episode:
 This airtime is broadcast on NHPTV Explore Thu, Sep 16 @ 7:30 P.M.

Friday 10 September 2010

Bushy Run

This is a great little film about the reenactment of the battle of Bushy Run in Pontiac's uprising. Very impressed by this film - captures the event well - whoever did it - cut yourself off a piece of cake.

Saturday 4 September 2010

Queen Esther inciting the Indians to Attack the Settlers at Wyoming.

Been enjoying looking at this blog about the great American historical illustrator Howard Pyle who is famous for his pirate and Revolutionary war pictures. This one is based on the raid of 1778 of the Wyoming Valley in the Revolution.
According to the blog
A note on the plate states, "The figure to the right is [Joseph] Brant, and the white man is [Colonel John] Butler." Pyle probably worked from this image of Brant.

Thursday 2 September 2010

Iconic - The Death of General Wolfe

Short film about the painting.
This historic painting recreates the pivotal moment in 1759 when Britain defeated France on the Plains of Abraham. As one of only five original versions painted by Benjamin West, this object is one of the Royal Ontario Museum's iconic treasures. Visitors can see the original painting hanging in the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada.

Portrait of an officer Stephen Slaughter