Friday 29 July 2011

Casimir Pulaski and New Jersey

Reenactors remember the troops of Pulaski's Legion

Pulaski's Legion

Not all the colourful units were on the British side. This unit is one of my favourite Patriot units and was led by a Polish noble. It contained lancers, dragoons and light infantry elements. Read research articles here.
Casimir Pulaski wiki

Queen's Rangers Hussars

One of the more interesting of the Revwar cavalry units. A couple of troops of Light Dragoons were also added as depicted in the above painting (from here).
Photo from here

Painting by Don Troiani. Read more about the cavalry here

A Journal of the Operations of the Queen's Rangers from the end of the year 1777 to the conclusion of the late American War

Book by John Graves Simcoe. Read it here

Wednesday 27 July 2011

E Fitzgerald's Seven Years War scenes

Trawling Anne SK Brown I found these paintings depicting troops of the 1760s - you might have seen them but they're new to me. Interesting. Not sure what to make of them. See the rest here

Herbert Knötel's colonial troops

This is an interesting set of uniform plates from 1949 depicting 12 examples of colonial troops for the SYW. See the set at Anne S K Brown.

Belehrungen über den Krieg: besonders über den kleinen Krieg, durch ... By Johann von Ewald

OK you have to be able to read German to enjoy this treatise on partisan warfare by one of the Hessian's most capable soldiers Johann Von Ewald.


Great Lakes Indian from the 1790s by an unknown French artist. Well worth studying if you haven't seen it before.

Revwar or F&I?

There's always a dilemma in this - for the mid 18th century - Revwar or F&I? Especially in the UK and Europe where geography doesn't play a part as in the US but my philosophy has always been do both. The periods are so close to count as one period in my opinion - not suggesting you wear the same kit for them but both wars were fought by to a certain extent the same individuals so it is hard to make a distinction and have an interest in just one. For example if you do an expensive uniform in one period maybe do a simple civilian in the's the only way. And don't forget - the public think you're pirates anyway.


Something we haven't had to my knowledge in the UK is anyone recreating the German troops that served the British Crown in the American war. There are however some great groups over in Germany recreating them and they have the advantage of being able to take part in the growing Seven Years War scene in Europe. And they speak German!

Early Patriots

I found this booklet in my shelves that came out in 1976 for the bicentennial - cost a princely 60p. There are some nice uncredited reconstructions that are of course very 1976 - I will post a few that I scan - here's a good one.

Tuesday 26 July 2011

2nd Canadian Regiment

Many years ago in the UK some people started recreating this Revwar patriot regiment also known as Congress's Own. They didn't complete it, sadly. Be good to see this unit recreated - anyone doing it in the US? Colonel was Moses Hazen someone who learned their trade under Robert Rogers in the SYW. Light company wore a leather cap.

Fort Niagara event photos

Some excellent photos of the recent F&I event are here at the Butt'ry and Book'ry blog.

Monday 25 July 2011

AWI skirmish at Kelmarsh

Photos here of the recent UK event. They are excellent pictures and well worth a look.


Had this from Galloping Major. They write:

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Sunday 24 July 2011

Friday 22 July 2011

'Nemesis' of Cresap's Rangers

The other week we had the story of a black man in Roger's Rangers and today we have the story of a man who had a mountain named after him 'Negro's Mountain'. He was apparently a big man with a vision of his own demise. He saved the famous frontiersman Thomas Cresap. Read about him here.
There is an interesting article that is a timeline of Maryland forces during the SYW which mentions references to Cresap's Rangers raiding in Indian attire here.

Thursday 21 July 2011

22nd foot

Revwar is getting more and more popular in the UK thanks largely to the redcoat groups and the skirmishes at Kelmarsh - this one is new to me but they look a great group. If you are more inclined to the Rebel side then check out this Facebook page for a Minute company.

Friday 15 July 2011

Replicant Brits

If you like 1/32 scale you might be interested in these new Culloden redcoats which have a spare mitre cap on 2 for conversions. Get them from Steve Weston.

Friday 8 July 2011

Terezín-The meeting

Thanks to the HMICof foot for these photos of a recent event at Terezin in the Czech Republic,_Terezin_1.-6.7.2011#

Thursday 7 July 2011

French and Indian war in 10mm

This is a great little film.

Battle of the Chateauguay

This is pretty good - I enjoyed it. The bumph reads A re-enactment of the Battle of the Chateauguay. Courtesy of the National Film Board and Parks Canada.

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Fort Niagara, 2011 - Vendredi matin/Friday morning

Un petit détachement de la compagnie de Lacorne, aidé de miliciens et d'Agniers, attaque un petit fort anglais. Le 1 juillet, 2011.
A small detachment of the Compagnie de Lacorne, aided by militia and Native allies, attack a small English fort. July 1, 2011.
Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, New York.

Fondée en 2001, la compagnie de Lacorne est un regroupement de personnes bénévoles, passionnées d'histoire, qui ont pour objectif principal de reproduire le plus fidèlement possible une compagnie franche de la Marine durant la période 1720-1760. Organisme sans but lucratif, la compagnie compte près d'une trentaine de valeureux soldats, sans compter leurs conjointes et enfants.

Founded in 2001, the compagnie de Lacorne is a group of history enthusiasts who aim to reproduce, as accurately as possible, a independent company of French naval infantry during the years 1720-1760. A non-profit organization, the unit consists of around thirty brave men, joined by many of their families.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask; although the groups operates in French, we can speak English.

Site web:

Terezin photos

Images of the Czech F&I scene on this news item.

Stillman's Run

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