Flintlock and tomahawk

American warfare 1690-1815 in popular culture, art, in miniature and in wargames, through Living History and in movies.

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Writing about things that turn up on my 'interest radar' - history, movies, music

Monday, 31 December 2012

Thanks to Norm for these two links. First up is a letter from Washington to his mother describing the battle of Monongahela and the other is a page about the action at Great Meadows Fort Necessity.


Sunday, 30 December 2012

Young “coureur des bois”

 (wood-runner). Illustration: Francis Back. Archives Congrégation de Notre-Dame - Montréal.

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Siege of St Augustine (1702)

This siege was abandoned today in 1702. Read about this siege here

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Native images database

Go here to see most of the historic images of Natives


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Fort Ti in the snow

From the Fort Ticonderoga facebook page today


Monday, 24 December 2012


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Have a great season - here's an image of Canadians by Cornelius Krieghoff

Thursday, 20 December 2012

French and Indian war image

Infanterie française au Canada, 1755-1760, nouveau dessin inédit de Maître Louis Frégier, peintre titulaire de l'Armée, en hommage à Maître Eugène Leliepvre.
French infantry in Canada, by Master Louis Frégier, official painter to the french army, in tribute to Master Eugène Leliepvre.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

First Thanksgiving 1777

So today, the 18th, was the official first thanksgiving - thanks being given in particular for the victory over Burgoyne at Saratoga in October.


Monday, 17 December 2012

The Mississinewa 1812

Today and tomorrow is the bicentennial of this action in the War of 1812. Read about it here.
There's an interesting article from Keith Raynor here

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Winter scout photo

This is Martin Psenicka from the Czech Redcoat (His Majesty's Independent Company of Foot) group's photo, but I had to share it.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

LOUIS MÉNADE by Ronald Embleton

Thomsomfeld found this image from here - It's a great character piece - I don't know anything about Louis Menade - any of you know? I presume its a Compagnies franches de la Marine study though obviously it should have blue cuffs but information was not so easy to get on the subject as now.

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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Woodland Indians in Snowshoes

New pack of 28mms from Warlord in the UK.

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Compagnies franches de la Marine - recruitment and military life

Interesting article on the colonial Marines. Here

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

All about New France Old England

Promotional film for the UK FIW society

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Lying down

Something that is not made enough of in wargame rules or figures is the fact that Canadians were prone (sorry) to lie down to fire and load - something that seems quite normal to us but was something that was not the norm in the 18th century. Do you have any thoughts on the matter? (Incidentally I don't remember where I found this image - if its you let me know!)

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Canadian footwear

This lovely looking pair of souliers de boeuf are made by Soulier Tannes. See their Facebook page

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Royal artillerie

There was about 40 of this regiment of specialists in North America during the Seven Years war.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Régiment de la Reine

SYW Project
Also see 1759 image here

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French drill for 1759

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Régiment du Roi

 Du Roi infanterie. 
This regiment was present at Minden, Rossbach, Krefeld and more.

Le Régiment du Roi a été levé en 1663 et c’est devenu le 105e Régiment d’Infanterie en 1791. Colonel propriétaire du régiment était toujours le Roi de France. Pendant la Guerre de Sept Ans, le 12e Régiment du Roi s’est battu à Hastenbeck, Hanovre, Zell, Rossbach, Krefeld, Minden, Corbach, Göttingen, Warburg, Vellinghausen, Neuhaus, and Melsungen.

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Minden 2014

This SYW reenactment in Northern Germany has had a good deal of interest from North American groups which is ace so don't miss out on the fun - sign up for the Facebook page. Of course I have time to put together an outfit - what shall I do? Minden photos here
Wiki on the battle 
Order of battle here

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Czech winter trek F&I style

Photos here

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Fort Loudoun Forsaken by God and Man

Facebook page. A great source for some really picturesque images like this one.

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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Battle of Great Bridge

Battle of the Revwar  - fought today - wiki here. Image is of Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment present at the battle.Image from here


Friday, 7 December 2012

French and Indian special

WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #302 December 2012 Cover theme:
In our first article for this month’s theme, Neil Smith and Chris Peers introduce us to the history and guide us through the practical information required for bringing a F&IW force to bear on the tabletop.

In this article Rich Jones tells us about his ‘slip’ into F&IW gaming, followed by a walk through of a Muskets & Tomahawks battle, featuring the iconic Rogers Rangers.

What should a French & Indian Wars tabletop look like? With the help of Grand Manner buildings, Neil Smith educates us on how to tell our wikiups from our wigwams in order to bring accurate F&IW scenery to our battlefields.

Paul Davies shows us how to make a Native American Longhouse.

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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Pulp novel

Written by the classy sounding Jefferson Cooper.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Snow photos

Don't forget to send in your wintery history images. This is one from Fort St Jean Baptiste's Facebook page.


Volontaires etrangers de la Marine

By Lucien Rousselot. Thanks to Thomsomfeld.

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Monday, 3 December 2012

La Compagnie de La Vérendrye

Facebook page for this excellent French Compagnies franches de la Marine group here

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Drummer Compagnies franches de la Marine

Thanks to Thomsomfeld for this image.

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