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

Sunday, 30 June 2013

King's Mountain Revwar in the UK

Hi Ralph, Galloping Major now sells and distributes the King's Mountain range of 28mm American War of Independence figures in the UK and Europe. Unlike our French & Indian War range, the figures for the King's Mountain range are not sculpted by our director, Lance Cawkwell, but were commissioned by Bill Nevins and sculpted by Alan Marsh. Bill has long been a customer of ours, and we were happy to agree to market this new range. The moulds and castings for these figures are produced by the same UK company as are those for our own Galloping Major designs. Customers in the US should go to kingsmtnminis@aol.com to place their orders or make enquiries. Please note that when ordering from Bill, our pack numbers and descriptions will not apply. The first batch of 6 packs of figures are "Highlanders in Gaiter Trousers", designed to represent the 71st Highlanders in the Southern Campaign, but also ideal for the 42nd Highlanders of the same period. Thanks to Giles Allison for providing the excellent pictures of his painted Kings Mountain Highlanders. Cheers, Lance

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A couple of new Ospreys of interest

 Thanks to Thomsomfeld.

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Association of Crown Forces

From the American Museum in Britain website. They are there all weekend.

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Friday, 28 June 2013

Lord Howe reconstructed

Fort Ticonderoga is hosting a battle of Carillon event on July 20th & 21st. 
Details here

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

The French & Indian War Society, Inc.

Reenactment society based around the Lake George area. Check them out
They say
The French & Indian War Society strives to promote understanding, awareness and appreciation of the French & Indian War in the Lake George and Lake Champlain regions.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Cavalry action

Swirling light cavalry at the recent Monmouth battle.

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Soldiers of the King

FB page for the Jersey Revwar redcoats. (That's Jersey the island off the coast of France that had a French invasion.) This picture took my eye  the 232nd Anniversary of the Battle of Jersey, at Grouville Church. More images and more info here at the Grouville Church page
1781 Jersey Militia page  discussion about the French forces here

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Regiment von Riedesel

One of the best Hessian groups out in the US  (although actually a Brunswick group) are looking for musicians - fife and drum - here's their FB page from where these photos are from.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Skirmish screen

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Monday, 24 June 2013

American soldiers on the march 1813

Image from here or 
go here for a larger version and an explanation

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Beaver Dams 1813

Fought today 200 years ago. Wiki. Image from here

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

249 Year old blockhouse still holding strong

Article here

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Battle of Springfield (1780)

This battle in New Jersey took place today. Wiki


'After prayer'

Chosen by Thomsomfeld. The Breeds hill Institute says this
June 19 1778
General Washington and the army officially broke camp at Valley Forge and marched toward the British army. The Army had survived varying weather, lack of food, lack of clothing, crippling disease epidemics and all the while went through a new training and drill program initiated by Baron Von Steuben. The Army that emerged was smaller but stronger and for the first time was prepared to fight the British toe to toe. (The painting is by Kip Richmond and available through Heirloomprints.comhttp://heirloomprints.com/featured%20print%202.html)

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Saturday, 22 June 2013

John Norton (Teyoninhokarawen)

Biog here wiki here

I thought it might be time to give some light to the fascinating character of John Norton who started off as a Printer's apprentice in Scotland and became a Mohawk chief. Here for  Aboriginal Contributions to the War of 1812

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Iroquois Victory at Battle of Beaver Dams

Article here on what must have been the last battle to involve Mohawks. Image from here

Laura Secord

As we're in the run up to the bicentennial of the Battle of Beaver Dams I thought it might be useful to feature this historical heroine who went the distance (30km!) to warn the British.


Friday, 21 June 2013

New French military portrait

Details of Comte Joachim de Revel du Perron and his history here

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French forces at Ticonderoga

I guess that should be Carillon! It's 1755 at Fort Ti so meet the French garrison - Regiment de Languedoc - visit details here

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Greens from AW Miniatures

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Field Jager Corps of Hesse-Cassel

From here by Timothy W. Jahn - thanks to Thomsomfeld

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

News from Galloping Major

'Attached is a pic of an assortment of figures from the 5 
packs of Anglo-American Provincials in our range, these chaps are 
painted as the New Jersey Blues.
I've released more Huron warriors recently, and the Command & 
Characters pack for the Settlers defending will be released soon, 
followed by Anglo-American Militia (pic of first sculpts of these also 
More details on the website: www.gallopingmajorwargames.com

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Ink - a tale of captivity

Thanks to Norm for the heads up about this movie. It tells the story of Mary Rowlandson - captive and later author. Check it out here


Monday, 17 June 2013

Monmouth 235th Anniversary 2013 by Gary Vorwald

Photos here

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Bunker Hill 1775

Took place today. Wiki


Les plaines d’abraham

French page so I am not too sure what it is - a comic book? Go here

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

1 La fin de la Nouvelle-France

In about 10 parts this French language programme is worth watching.


The Algonquins

Slideshow on native reenactors.

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Inniskillings in America

Israel Provoncha posted these images depicting the 27th Foot on Facebook. They are one of the few regiments that fought in all 3 American wars. Incidentally its kind of fun using the American Revolution, Seven Years war and War of 1812 tags in the same post

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Fort Loudoun: Forsaken By God and Man

For a limited time this film will be available  here

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Massachusetts Provincial turned Ranger

By Gary Zaboly I think. Thanks to Thomsomfeld. From the 1st Connecticut Provincial Regiment's page

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Bloggers for charity

Thanks to Andrew for this link to a site where they are preparing for a display F&I game in 2014.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

French and Indian war novels

 French and Indian war novels - anyone read any of them?

'The French and Indian War-the collision between Britain, its provincial troops and Indian allies against France and its own allies during the eighteenth century in America is fascinating to many students of the period. It gave rise to famous characters such as Robert Rogers of the Rangers who have found their way into literature and the cinema. Of course, the famous Hawkeye and the novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' which takes place within real historical events of the time has also become an American classic. Author Joseph Altsheler has taken this well loved subject for a series of novels of high adventure. In these six novels the chronology of the war, which of course includes many of its true life characters, is told through the adventures of its principal characters. Young Robert Lennox, the hunter Willet-also known as the Great Bear and his Indian companion Tayoga travel through intrigues, dangers, battles and many trials and setbacks as the story unfolds. Leonaur has brought the entire collection together in substantial three volumes. In this first volume are 'The Hunters of the Hills' & 'The Shadow of the North.''

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55th Foot

Laying an ambush in the deep woods near Ticonderoga, 55th Regiment of Foot, new drawing by Master Louis Fregier, official painter to the French Army.
— with Louis Fregier,

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Stoney Creek 2013

Over at Minstrel Boy's blog are some photos and writing on the most recent bicentennial battle of the War of 1812

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HM 40th Foot / 2nd Battalion LI - "Bloodhounds"

From their Facebook page

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Mohawk Indian

Bust of a Mohawk Indian by Sempronius Stretton, 1804
This man is depicted wearing the red, black and yellow
face paint favoured by warriors about to enter combat.

Library and Archives Canada (C-14827)

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

James Wolfe (1727–1759)

Attributed to Joshua Reynolds - info here

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City of Quebec militiaman, circa 1775­-1776

Description here


Battle of Trois-Rivières

Took place today - wiki here


Friday, 7 June 2013

Fort Pitt by Richard Schlecht

This is the Fort from the time of the siege in 1763 - more on the fort here
more here

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Solo Muskets and Tomahawks

Go here for some posts on this subject

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Mark Spangenberg

Thomsomfeld spotted this image of Continental Light Dragoons on Facebook.

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Richard Schlecht illustrations


Thursday, 6 June 2013

2 Bataillon Regiment BÉARN

Photo Louis Grégoire from the 2 Bearn Facebook page

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Stoney Creek 1813

This night battle (a British victory) was fought two hundred years ago today. Picture from the Hamilton Spectator
The story of Billy Green and the battle here

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Stoney Creek 1813

This battle from the War of 1812 was fought this day 1813. Wiki here
Picture by Peter Rindisbacher from here
See a wargame of the battle here 
See photos of last weekend's reenactment


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Compagnie de Lacorne at Fort Chambly

Ecole de Soldat pictures at their Facebook page
Wiki on Fort Chambly

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Fort De Chartres

The Massac Marines posted this image. Wiki
Article here


Fort Pitt, Ohio, under threat by Seneca Indians

Here's a treat movie lovers. A couple of sequences from the end climax in Cecil B DeMille's epic film set in Pontiac's Rebellion 'Unconquered'.

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Sainte Foy 1760


Sunday, 2 June 2013

Deadly game at Fort Michilimackinac

Today is the 250th anniversary of that deadly game of Lacrosse that enabled the Indians to take the fort.  

Article on the events of June 1763 

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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Late 18th century Native

American Indian Initiative posted this pic. I've never seen it before. It's origins are mysterious as is the painters ID.

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