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

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Battle of Quebec 1775

This battle of the Revolution took place today - wiki here


Saturday, 27 December 2014

the run up to the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial

Today in 1814  - The American schooner USS Carolina is destroyed. It was the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson's makeshift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans.


Friday, 26 December 2014

Battle of Trenton

Today is an important anniversary - the battle of Trenton


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas

image id by Jphn Collet

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Friday, 19 December 2014

1777 - Valley Forge

Today in 1777 the Continental Army went into winter quarters at Valley Forge


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Skirmish in "Nouvelle France"

Over here at the Studio Tomahawk blog

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Gerry Embleon pics

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Battle of the Mississinewa 1812

Today is the anniversary of this battle. wiki


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Redcoat portrait

Portrait of an officer of 50th Foot, identified as Major Sir Alexander Hope 4th Bt. (1728 - 1794) 1765 - 1770c.
Joseph Wright of Derby ARA 1734 - 1797

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Thomsomfeld's 1/72 FIW masters

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French infantry UK late 90s

A bit of nostalgia for me - La Reine a group no longer going but picturesque all the same. More photos here

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

new Thomsomfeld diorama

hello ralph,
the latest diorama awi uniformplate us army 1775 -76.

This shows a selection of many different uniforms of americans during the awi for the first period 1775-1776
The photo quality is again made not so good. I hate to photograph it.
Here you can see the make off

here are larger pics
http://s776.photobucket.com/user/thomso ... ent&page=1


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Cornet Thomas Boothby Parkyns, 15th (or the King's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, 1780.

Oil on canvas by John Boultbee (1753-1812), 1780.

Parkyns served in the 15th Light Dragoons from 1776 to 1781. He wears the distinctive metal light dragoons head dress with the comb and Gorgon's head, together with the battle honour, 'Emsdorf' (1760), particular to the 15th. The artist's sister, Jane Boultbee, was his stepmother.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Old Fort Niagara in the snow

All ready for this weekend's event Castle by Candlelight

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Winter warfare at Fort Ti

I admit to relying on Fort Ticonderoga for wintry photos - they are pretty active during this time of year and host the Battle on Snowshoes weekend.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Battle of Great Bridge

This battle in Virginia occurred today in 1776. Wiki


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Photos from Fort Ti's Noble Train event

this weekend

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Friday, 5 December 2014

The Noble train

At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga can discover the story of Henry Knox’s “Noble Train” of artillery at an upcoming living history event, Saturday, December 7, from 10 am – 4 pm. The event will feature a program highlighting Henry Knox’s arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreate the beginning of the epic feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776. - See more at: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/12/henry-knoxs-noble-train-artillery-event-saturday.html#sthash.JH6iRFS8.dpuf
Event this weekend at Ti - details here
Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga can discover the story of Henry Knox’s “Noble Train” of artillery at an upcoming living history event, Saturday, December 7, from 10 am – 4 pm. The event will feature a program highlighting Henry Knox’s arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreate the beginning of the epic feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776. - See more at: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/12/henry-knoxs-noble-train-artillery-event-saturday.html#sthash.JH6iRFS8.dpuf


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Fort Oswego 1756

Picture from the Historical marker database.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Snow at Fort Ticonderoga

A light dusting of the white stuff fell last night. Hope it's OK for their artillery weekend.

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

“Fort Fever Series!”

Photo:  Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series!” begins January 11, 2015, when Artificer Tailor Gibb Zea delves into what Rogers’ Rangers wore. The program takes place at 2 pm. and takes place in the Mars Education Center. Admission is $10; free for Members of Fort Ticonderoga.

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War of the American Indians : Documentary on the History of the Iroquois


Montcalm's Crushing Blow

got my copy of this RAID Osprey - first look is very promising - illlustration wise it is excellent. Get it from Galloping Major and you will get a free figure.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Andrew Jackson’s uniform coat from the Battle of New Orleans

From the Louisiana State Museum. Thaks to David C for this.


Sunday, 23 November 2014


John Theophilus Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd son of the 1st Earl of Moira, in the uniform of the 15th Regiment of Foot (1776) with a flintlock gun.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Battle of Wild Cat Creek

This skirmish in the war of 1812 occurred tday. Wiki


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

skirmish rules discounted

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Black Hussar Miniatures' French regulars

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Capture of Fort Washington

Happened today - wiki here
Image by Don Troiani - read about it here

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Friday, 14 November 2014

La Compagnie on Vimeo

La Compagnie goes behind the scenes of La Compagnie de la Vérendrye, an internationally renown re-enacting group to discover why 21st century men and women are driven to bring the past to life.

La Compagnie from Jeff Riddell on Vimeo.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

NEW - diorama from Thomsomfeld

 AWI Philadelphia Campaign 1777 Attack on the british Arrièregarde/ Rearguard

British Light Infantry In Round Hats /cut down Hats/ slouch hats. The mounted man is from the 16th light dragoons with Round Hat /cut down Hat/ slouch hat. See here:
Work in Progress with historical links


The St. Augustine Garrison

Recreating the spanish troops of 1740s St Augustine is this group - webpage here and Facebook page here

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Today in 1702

English colonists under the command of James Moore besiege Spanish St. Augustine during Queen Anne's War.
Image from Today in Florida History 
Article on James Moore

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Richard Pearis and the Mobilization of South Carolina’s Backcountry Loyalists

Norm recommends this article on the American Revolution theme.


Friday, 7 November 2014

Twentieth Annual War College of the Seven Years' War May 15-17, 2015

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Twentieth Annual War college of the Seven Years' War May 15-17, 2015, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. More here. Thanks to David C for finding this

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Battle of Tippecanoe

 was fought today on November 7, 1811
Wiki here


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Augustin de La Balme

This fascinating French officer was defeated this day by Little Turtle thwarting his attempt to take Fort Detroit. wiki


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Blanket clothing

Interesting article on Blanket Clothing in the Colonial period.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Three Brave British Army Wives

Fascinating stories of courage. Read about them here. Thanks to Norm for the tip off.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Black Watch

Painting showing Black Watch recruits being reviewed on Glasgow Green, c.1758

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Montcalm’s Crushing Blow: French and Indian Raids Along New York’s Oswego River 1756

Review here
This new Osprey looks good. Rene Chartrand usually is excellent - I shall have to order this.


Monday, 27 October 2014

"The French and Indian War in North Carolina: The Spreading Flames of War,"

published by the History Press. JOHN R MAAS. From here


Light Infantry image

Don Troiani posted this on FB nobody seems to know anything about it - date, artist etc. Maybe you know?

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Galloping Major Provincials

Excellent figures. From the Galloping Major FB page

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Winter fashions at Fort Ti

Photo from the FB page showing the blanket capotes worn by troops in the changing seasons.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

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

This redcoat group have some excellent photos (from  Laurie Kurens) from their recent Germantown event - go to their FB page to see more. There is a contingent of this regiment in the UK if you like the cut of their gib.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

New book of note


Fall colours at Fort Ti


Monday, 6 October 2014

One for French readers

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Battle of the Thames 1813

Battle of the Thames in Canada; Americans defeat British and kill Shawnee leader Tecumseh.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

French and Indian war books on pinterest


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New UK regiment

Over here are photos of a new regiment in the UK for the early 18thc

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Monday, 29 September 2014

British Tars, 1740-1790

This is a new and exciting new blog and FB page that examines the appearance of British sailors in the 18thc. using primary sources. Recommended.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Recueil de toutes les troupes qui forment les armées françoises. Dessiné et illuminé d´après nature Nuremberg: Raspe, 1761

Useful source  on the uniforms of the French army
This one is Regiment de la Reine - most regiments are depicted.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Miami chief Pacanne by Henry Hamilton in Detroit, c.1777

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Jean Dreville - Lafayette 1961(1)

Thanks to David Corbett for finding this. Wiki
imdb - 
article with stills like this one

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Black Hussar 28mm French

Coming out soon are these miniatures from German manufacturer Black Hussar. I think these are a well researched set and worth tracking down for the FandI.   More on my Wars of Louis Quatorze blog

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Black Powder Rebellion

Supplement for the AWI or Revwar if you prefer. Here

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Saratoga book

I haven't read this book but this review rates it and it has the feel of a good one. There is also a Volume II - so pretty successful I'll guess


First Saratoga

Today in 1777 is the anniversary of this important battle. Wiki


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Seeing Red

Interesting article on redcoats on the Fort Ticonderoga blog


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Galloping Major sailors

Details here

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French and Indian fort

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

today in 1763

Seneca warriors defeat British forces at the Battle of Devil's Hole during Pontiac's War.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Occurred today in 1759. wiki
CBC reconstruction of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham 


today in 1814

In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British fail to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", which is later set to music and becomes the United States' national anthem.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Battle of North Point 1814

Pic by Don Troiani. Bicentennial for this battle.
 The Battle of North Point was fought on September 12, 1814, between General John Stricker's Maryland Militia and a British force led by Major General Robert Ross. Although the Americans retreated, they were able to do so in good order having inflicted significant casualties on the British, killing one of the commanders of the invading force, significantly demoralizing the troops under his command and leaving some of his units lost among woods and swampy creeks, with others in confusion. This combination prompted British colonel Arthur Brooke to delay his advance against Baltimore, buying valuable time to properly prepare for the defense of the city as Stricker retreated back to the main defenses to bolster the existing force. The engagement was a part of the larger Battle of Baltimore, an American victory in the War of 1812. WIKI


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Battle of Brandywine 1777

Fought today in 1777. wiki
photos of a 28mm refight here


Monday, 8 September 2014

Battle of Lake George 1755

Took place today. wiki
Lake George image from here