Saturday 21 December 2013

Don Troiani's Battle of Trenton

Of course Christmas sees the anniversary of this picturesque battle.
 Don T's FB page
Norm found this page of interesting writing on the Battles of Trenton

Tavern scene by Sean O'Brogain

I am using this as my Christmas card - already used it on my Wars of Louis Quatorze but I like it so much I thought I'd use it on this blog too. Merry Christmas

Friday 20 December 2013

Absent friends - Martin Psenicka

Usually at this time of the year I would get some great winter scout photos from Martin Psenicka (pictured) but this summer Martin drowned in a tragic accident. The whole living history community misses this great guy and at this time of the year I am sure his family will miss him most terribly.
His Majestys Independent Company FB page

Thursday 19 December 2013

38th Foot by Thomas Payton

It's that time of year - the time of winter encampments like this one. Thomas says:
A soldier of the British 38th Regiment of Foot in winter quarters along the old Blackstump Road (modern 73rd Ave) in Queens County, Long Island, New York in 1779. This is just a few blocks from where I live. During the British occupation of New York from 1776-1783 Queens was the site of a huge encampment for the British, German, and Loyalist troops of the New York City garrison.

Valley Forge 1777

Washington's army goes into winter quarters today at Valley Forge.

Wednesday 18 December 2013

From the American Indian Initiative

Here A color version of a Shawnee image most often published in B&W: Fleury Generelly watercolor sketch, 1820, Louisiana Image File, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane Universit

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Carillon's first winter

  'Worried and Harassed by Parties of English and Indians'

Article here on the Fort Ti page in support of the fort's event on January 11, 2014

J A Cooper 'Roll Call'

Roll Call
Royal Roussillon Regiment.

French Grenadiers of the Royal Roussillon Regiment participate in a roll call prior to the battle on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec, the climax of the French and Indian War. In the background are two Canadian Indians, allied to the French. The loss of Quebec by the French made it evident that they would need to make their own peace with the British.
Print from here

15mm Sharp Practice F&I report

Here at VolleyFireWargames

Monday 16 December 2013

French Marines by AW Miniatures

Go here to see more of the new figs

Carillon's first winter: Living history event

  • Meet the French soldiers of the Languedoc regiment who remained behind at Carillon to guard the southern frontier of New France on Lake Champlain in the winter of 1755-1756. Explore how French soldiers from the south of France learned to survive and defend the Fort from patrols and raids from Robert Rogers and other rangers.

Monday 9 December 2013

Muskets cannons and blackpowder

Photoessay on the Battle of the Hook. This one is captioned French Lancers from the Duc de Lauzun's Legion check on the well-being of colonial residents

Battle of Great Bridge 1775

This action which the British lost occurred today in Virginia.

White Savage offer from Galloping Major

Hello again Ralph, As a bit of a seasonal special treat, until 1st January 2014 (or sooner if stocks run out), I'm offering "White Savage" by Fintan O'Toole in paperback at the reduced price of £4.50 + postage and will be sending our 2 "Soldiers Free" instead of 1 with it. After the offer closes, this great book will return to £8.50. For more about this book, go to the Wargames Rules & Books page of the website.  
 Thanks, Lance

Thursday 5 December 2013

Knox's artillery at Fort Ticonderoga

Today marks the start of Knox's epic moving of the artillery to Boston. Wiki here. Photo is from the Fort Ti FB page - there is an event celebrating it this weekend. Page here

Wednesday 4 December 2013

TURN - New Series | Teaser TRAILER | HD

The story of espionage in the Revwar. Thanks to those of you who alerted me to it. 'Turn is an upcoming 2014 period drama that is set to air on AMC and is based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies.[1] The first season will consist of ten, hour-long episodes. The first promo for the series aired during the December 1st episode of The Walking Dead.' Wiki

From Wikipedia

Washington's farewell to his officers

Washington's Farewell to His Officers
Washington's Farewell by Alonzo Chappel 1866.jpg
Engraving after painting by Alonzo Chappel
Date December 4, 1783
Location New York
After British troops evacuated New York, the tavern hosted an elaborate "turtle feast" dinner on December 4, 1783, in the building's Long Room for U.S. Gen. George Washington where he bade farewell to his officers of the Continental Army by saying "[w]ith a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable."[10][11][12]