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, 19 December 2014

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
http://www.historicalportraits.com/Gallery.asp…-|-Joseph-Wright-of-Derby-ARA

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
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=16432

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.

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.

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

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

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.

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.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Redcoat

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.

Friday, 14 November 2014

La Compagnie on Vimeo

here
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.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Black Watch

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

Monday, 20 October 2014

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.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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.

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

Friday, 19 September 2014

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

Wiki
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

Ulster American Folkpark

 Ulster American Folkpark. My favourite place in the UK to reenact the revwar. Here is their Pennsylvania farmhouse and outbuildings.