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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Location: Midsomer Norton Radstock near Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom

Writing about things that turn up on my 'interest radar' - history, movies, music

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge 1776

Wiki on this skirmish which occurred today here


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of the American Wars of Independence 1775-1783

I haven't seen this book - any of you have it?


Monday, 24 February 2014

Northwest Passage (Novel)

This is one of the most celebrated of the French and Indian war in fiction contenders. It's probably a bit dated now but I remember it as being quite grisly. Wiki here
Review of the movie here

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Filles du Roy movie


Winter skirmish - La Compagnie de La Vérendrye

FACEBOOK page here
'Pics of our annual winter battle during Festival du Voyageur with the Forces of Lord Selkirk!'

Credit: K.Styrchak

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Redcoats on the march

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

von Steuben

Arrived this day 1778 at Valley Forge. Wiki on the man here


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Sierra Toy Soldiers' 60th Foot

Don't get round to feature toy soldiers much but these caught my eye. Originally produced for a UK Museum they come in parade or campaign paint jobs - more here

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Boston Massacre Reenactment

From the Bostonian socirty's FB page:
Join us on Saturday, March, 8 at 7:00 pm as we commemorate the 244th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Witness this infamous event as it is reenacted in front of the Old State House, in the very place where it occurred in 1770.

Before the action unfolds, hear from patriots, loyalists, and moderates who will talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night. Become part of the night, joining in with shouts of the crowd, taunting the British or condemning the raucous Bostonians. As they s
ay “the early bird gets the worm,” so come early and explore the newly re-done Council Chamber, learn more about the Boston Massacre, and get a great viewing spot for the event!

Can’t make the reenactment? Follow us on twitter for a live tweet of the reenactment! Find us @BostonianSoc using #bostonmassacre.

A big advance thank you to the reenactors and living historians from throughout New England participating who help bring this event to life! Please see www.bostonhistory.org for more details


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Galloping Major MILITIA

 LANCE says
The French & Indian War Anglo-American Militia are available to pre-order for just a few more days. The pre order consists of all 4 packs of 6 figures each, plus the new “Soldiers Free” militiaman, and for the pre-order only, a Limited Release figure: a Mohawk allied warrior with tomahawk. The figures are also ideal for representing non-uniformed provincials, and are receiving attention for service as AWI minute men. www.gallopingmajorwargames.com

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Patterns for Nouvelle France

Over at Suzanne Gousse's ETSY store

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Compagnie Franche de la Marine

blog piece here on this subject for 28mm  M&T


Saturday, 15 February 2014

St Louis founded

250 years ago today in 1764 by Pierre Laclède.

Johnny Tremain full movie

Wiki on this movie here. Thanks to Thomas Payton.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Fort Ticonderoga event on this weekend

Come snowshoe some historic ground this weekend! Our Carillon battlefield trail with a beautiful layer of powder is yours to explore!

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Battle of Kettle Creek


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Wulff's Rangers blog

There some interesting pieces on this blog - check it out

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Fort Mims' event

Mark your calendar for the 'War of 1812 in the Tensaw Country' coming up on March 15 & 16, 2014, 9-3, at Historic Fort Mims. This event will feature Fort Montgomery, Andrew Jackson and the troops in this area (maybe Davy Crockett will be here!), and the activity of the Redstick Creeks after Fort Mims and up to Horseshoe Bend.
There will be a lot going on:
Living history encampments
Skirmish between local militia and the Redstick Creeks
Archaeological 'dig' at the East Gate
Presentation of Historic and Medicinal Plants of the area
Art exhibit featuring local artist whose work includes 'historic' themes of the 1800-1865 time period.

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Saturday, 8 February 2014

The French & Indian War - Raid on Vandalia, 1756 (Muskets & Tomahawks) 28mm

Edinburgh wargames do an French and Indian war game here

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Fort William Henry paintings for sale

Here. Have you got this Osprey yet? What do you think?

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Compagnies Franches de la Marine

Officer - Marseilles 1754 by Vernet. The Marines that served in America didn't have a collar - whether this difference was followed by Officers is not known.

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cadet de l'aiguillette

Un « cadet de l'aiguillette » recevant les consignes d'un sergent des Compagnies franches de la Marine en Nouvelle-France, 1750-1755 Eugène Lelièpvre - from here
Compagnies franches de la Marine at Project SYW
The young man being trained in this picture wears the characteristic blue and white shoulder cord known as an 'aiguillette' that gave rise to the nickname 'cadets of the aiguillette'.

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Muskets and Tomahawks Along the Ohio: French & Indian Wars action on Day 2 at Cancon

Here for a pretty spectacular game

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

'Benedict Arnold in the Company of Heroes'

The Lives of the Extraordinary Patriots Who Followed Arnold to Canada at the Start of the American Revolution

Copyright Arthur Lefkowitz Collection. He says 'Here is the wrap-around cover painting that I commissioned for my new book'.
  'I commissioned this illustration from the Albany, New York based artist Dahl Taylor for my book. I had Mr.Taylor include my two dogs in his painting. My terrier Jackson is standing next to Benedict Arnold and Jackson's younger sister Schuyler is posed next to Arnold's aides-de-camp. Check-out the rifleman behind Daniel Morgan.  He is carrying a folding spear which may have been used in the Saratoga campaign.   The Charleville muskets are racked with their bayonets fixed and Morgan is wearing shoes and not moccasins ..   Arnold is not wearing a ribband-of-office across his chest but his two aides-de-camp are wearing them. Basically everything in the painting is based on period artwork including Arnold’s face. 

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Arthur S. Lefkowitz

Been chatting online with the American Revolution author- he has some really interesting titles in his portfolio - go here to see a list of titles.


Sunday, 2 February 2014

More French and Indian war fiction

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