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

Friday, 31 May 2013

A French officer writes about Canadian Militia (Milice) 1758

Thanks to Clayton Willets for posting this on Facebook.

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

British Infantry Officer Weaponry, 1768-1786

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Quebec 1775

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Battle of Waxhaws

This battle with the infamous Banastre Tarleton was fought today. Was it a massacre? You decide. Wiki here


1756 Powder Horn

This item was donated to Fort Ticonderoga. Go here to find out more.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wargaming the French and Indian war

This is a cool blog set in the world of Muskets and Tomahawks and thereabouts

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Battle of Jumonville Glen

Took place today. Wiki here


John Lambton's 68th Foot

This UK group for the SYW are getting better and better. Check out their Facebook page. (Photo the Yuills.)

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Monday, 27 May 2013

Redcoats on Pinterest

Go here to see various images of Scottish
troops of the 18thc.

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Battle of Fort George 1813

Today is the bicentennial of this American victory. Wiki here
Image of Glengarry Light Infantry is from here 


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Pouchot reenacted

Here are a set a photos of the reenactment of the arrival of Pouchot at Niagara in 2005.

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"Mémoires sur la dernière guerre de l'Amérique Septentrionale : entre la France et l'Angleterre ; suivis d'observations, dont plusieurs sont relatives au théatre actuel de la guerre, & de nouveaux détails sur les murs & les usages des sauvages, avec des cartes topographiques"

Full text here of this valuable source of information on natives and more. (French). Pierre Pouchot biography (English)

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Savage warrior taking leave of his family c1760 - Benjamin West

I only had a b/w picture of this so thanks to this blog we have this in full colour.

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Edge of the Woods

This is an interesting blog which covers Natives and the imagery surrounding them.

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French style cabin

Reconstruction of a cabin from Fort Toulouse. Photo from here

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Friday, 24 May 2013

French Infantry 18thc - Watteau

Thanks to a post by Gabriele is this webpage of infantry studies from 1724

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

18thc uniforms on Pinterest

There's a good selection of paintings and garments on this site. Check it out

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Jack Sullivan

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Painting the Revolution

Interview with Don Troiani - thanks to Thomsomfeld for this.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

FIW Painting by Benjamin West

Completed between 1764 and 1768 this picture is usually ascribed as General Johnson Saving a Wounded French Officer from the Tomahawk of a North American Indian. It is possible it depicts the siege of Niagara. The Light Infantry figures are worth a look. ..seem to have collars...maybe worth a visit to Derby Museum where it is housed.

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46th Foot

Found myself interested in the battle La Belle Famille 1759 and found this photo of Light Infantry of the 46th at Niagara - more here

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Victor of La Belle Famille

Eyre Massey (1719-1804)
in a portrait possibly by Robert Hunter
sold in 2009 by Christie’s for £22,500
From here

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More Ron Embleton's Indians

From the strip 'Oh Wicked Wanda' - see the whole strip and other tales here (Adult content!)

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Thames 1813 promo

This is an important event for this year  - this October - the 200th anniversary of the Thames battle.
Website here

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Ronald Embleton's Indians attacking

As it is the Pontiac 250th I thought I might repost this lovely and funny pic - was part of a comic strip called Oh Wicked Wanda - done for Penthouse magazine which saw Wanda travelling through time giving Ron Embleton the chance to do some of his favourite subjects. The backdrop for this issue was Pontiac's Rebellion.

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Saratoga painting

Greg Harlan did a series of illustrations depicting the conditions in Victory Woods in October 1777, just before Burgoyne's surrender. They were done in 2009. Thanks to Thomsomfeld. I think this picture depicts the leaving of the Loyalists the night before the surrender.

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Artwork from the below source

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French Indian war signboards

 Thomsomfeld found the artwork for a series of signboards for the Niagara campaign in the F&I - have a look...there's a lot of stuff that interests 'us' on these plates.

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mitre cap 1745


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Mohawk Valley

is a British living history project based at Murton Park (the Yorkshire Museum of Farming) near York. Website here.
Facebook page here

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Battle of the Cedars

Took place today in 1775 - wiki here


Interesting painting

Any of you know what regiment and where and when? Interesting the drummer wearing a hat and the white fur cap for the fifer.

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Friday, 17 May 2013

Recruiting poster 1775

From here


85th Regiment

Raised as a Light Infantry Regiment - more here

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The Fort at No 4

Cool photo on their Facebook page.
Wiki on this fort here

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

M&T FIW skirmish

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Royal Welch Fusiliers at Yorktown

At Fusiliers Redoubt. Photo Jack Pritchard. RWF in America page

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Monday, 13 May 2013

Fort du Lac

Another F&I wargame this time from the Westerhope wargamers - here

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All things liberty

Journal of the American Revolution. Recommended by Norm. Thanks - looks good. I liked the article on dogs in the American Revolution - very interesting.


Sunday, 12 May 2013

Perry's plastic 28s reviewed

Here, Thanks to Thomsomfeld.

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Fall of Charleston 1780

Today in the American Revolution this city fell to the British. Wiki


"A Parcel of Strouds, Duffields, Blankets, Silver Trinkets and other suitable Articles for that Trade."

Interesting blog on trade silver and so forth of the southeastern Natives. Go here

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A new painting by Larry Selman

 Thanks to Thomsomfeld for finding this painting 600 Miles 24 Days 
The Virginia Riflemen enter Cambridge Massachusetts August 11,1775 after marching 600 miles in 24 days.

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

PBS The War That Made America Part 3

 Thought we ought to have a bit of this - all the parts are up on Youtube...


Friday, 10 May 2013

Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

Today in 1775 Ethan Allen and a small band of Green Mountain Boys took the famous fort by surprise. Wiki

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

War that Made America, The

Available here

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Louis-Philippe Rigaud de Vaudreuil

Painted around 1750
Wiki here

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Siege at Fort Meigs 1813

Grenzer John's blog is where to go to see photos of the War of 1812 event from last weekend.

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Regiment de Languedoc on fatigue duty

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Alone Yet Not Alone - Official Trailer 2013

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952) Full movie

 I am not going to pretend this is some sort of classic but it's a bit of a laugh...

In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander of a Hessian mercenary unit who embarks on a campaign of extermination against the Indians. IMDB here

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Pontiac wargame

Here - in, I think, 40mm - based on Bloody Run.

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Monday, 6 May 2013

Wild French food in 1755

Article on Fort Ti's blog here

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The Siege of Detroit 1

 As tomorrow is the 250th anniversary of the start of the siege of Detroit (1763) during Pontiac's war I thought something special was in order - so I thought this talking book might be good.

Part 2 here

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Archaeologists discover Revwar fort

Thanks to Norm for this news article

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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Fort Niagara 1764

Had this query yesterday... any of you able to help?

Hello Ralph,
I found your blog, Flintlock and Tomahawk, while searching for some information on Sir William Johnson's "Indian" Treaty at Ft. Niagara 1764.

I haven't been able to determine what regiment, and under whose leadership, was station at Niagara at the time Johnson called for the gathering of all tribal leaders.

I'm wondering if you can think of a resource or someone who may be particularly knowledgeable about that event.  I am writing a short story set during the event and I am careful to be as accurate as possible.

thank you for any help you can give.
Debra E Marvin

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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Vatican uncovers 'first Western painting of Native Americans'

'They have remained hidden for more than five centuries, but tiny figures of naked men wearing feathered head-dresses could be the first Western depiction of Native Americans, the Vatican claims.'
Read about this image here

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Friday, 3 May 2013

More AW miniatures

Useful range in 28mm - webpage here

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42nd Highland Regiment, 1783

By Steve Noon. He says
The Black Watch served throughout the War of Independance in Norht America.
Privates are shown, one wearing the regulation uniform and the other as he would have appeared on campaign. also shown is a flank company officer, as he would have appeared in the field.

Thanks to Thomsomfeld for finding this image

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Eagles at York Town

The third book in the Decipherer's Chronicles
In August 1781 Alistair Douglas is sent by the British spy network the Decipherers to York Town in the American Colonies.
He is tasked with assisting the Loyalist colonists of Virginia to organize themselves into a militia and fight the Revolutionaries on behalf of the King. Douglas goes undercover as a grain merchant aboard a French military vessel in Chesapeake Bay, where he discovers that matters have progressed much further than anyone in London had imagined . . . While Lord Cornwallis turns all his efforts to fortifying York Town, Douglas intercepts disturbing correspondence suggesting that they might be protecting themselves in the wrong place.
When a British father and son, Cable and David Morgan, are captured by the French as spies, matters turn critical. Douglas is determined to do whatever it takes to save them, knowing that if he can get them back they might just have a chance to reverse British fortunes before it’s too late . . .

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Fort Dobbs: War For Empire (2013)

Enjoyable event film from down South

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John André

Born today in 1750 his is an interesting story of betrayal and espionage. Wiki here

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Garrison at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

The Garrison at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park will come back to life on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. Free and open to the public, educational opportunities and family-friendly activities will be offered at 10 a.m. each day, ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Fort Toulouse by Katie Gray

Photos on Facebook here
Wiki on the Alabama fort here

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More Avoncroft pictures

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