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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Friday, 27 February 2015

French and Indian war figures

Author Name Windrow, M. & Embleton, G. Title MILITARY DRESS OF NORTH AMERICA ...

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Female Soldier;
Or, The Surprising
Born in the City of Worcester,
Who took upon herself the Name of James Gray; and, being deserted by her Husband, put on Mens Apparel, and travelled to Coventry in quest of him, where she enlisted in Col. Guise’s Regiment of Foot, and marched with that Regiment to Carlisle, in the Time of the Rebellion in Scotland; shewing what happened to her in that City, and her Desertion from that Regiment.
A Full and True Account of her enlisting afterwards into Fraser’s Regiment of Marines, then at Portsmouth; and her being draughted out of that Regiment, and sent on board the Swallow Sloop of War, one of Admiral Boscawen’s Squadron, then bound for the East-Indies. With the many Vicissitudes of Fortune she met with during that Expedition, particularly at the Siege of Pondicherry, where she received Twelve Wounds. Likewise, the surprising Accident by which she came to hear of the Death of her faithless Husband, who she went in quest of.
With an Account of what happened to her in the Voyage to England, in the Eltham Man of War. The whole containing the most surprizing Incidents that have happened in any preceeding Age; wherein is laid open all her Adventures, in Mens Cloaths, for near five Years, without her Sex being ever discovered.
Printed for, and Sold by R. Walker, the Corner of Elliot’s-Court,
in the Little Old-Bailey. 1750. Price One Shilling.
Read it here


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Lord Townshend's Instructions for the Light Infantry in Ireland, 1772

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Esprit de Corps Living History Group

This is a multiperiod group that specialises in different eras - the ones that concern this blog are an excellent Light Infantry project for the F&I and Revwar. Check them out

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Battle on Snowshoes 2015

Gallery of last weekend's event here

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A pair of Redcoat paintings from the National Army Museum

Lady Johnstone, Wife of the Governor of Menorca, Accompanied by Officers of the 25th Regiment of Foot and the Royal Navy, and a Naval Seaman
Lady Louisa Lennox with Her Husband’s Regiment, 25th Regiment of Foot (with Lord George Lennox beside her, and Fort St Philip, Port Mahon, in the background)

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Baron Von Steuben

As today is the anniversary of Steuben's arrival at Valley Forge here's a clip which shows his influence.


The Aim of British Soldiers

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Couple of images from yesterday's Snowshoes event

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Fort Ti's Battle on Snowshoes

'A morning patrol from Fort Carillon begins the Battle on Snowshoes event! '
Photo thanks to Ward Oles. Event details

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two new BBC 18th century Films

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Light Infantry cap - 9th Foot

from here also a description and zoomable version

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Fun facts about Robert Rogers from Fort Ticonderoga

As You Prepare for Fort Ticonderoga’s Battle On Snowshoes Re-enactment: What You May Not Have Known About Bobby and His Buddies…


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Patriot Militiaman in the American Revolution 1775–82

the new Osprey Warrior 176 - Patriot Militiaman in the American Revolution 1775–82. June 2015. Illustrator Steve Noon
first pics
best regards


Winter trek

 Some wintry images from Ryan Richard - collecting firewood out of Niagara -
Photo credits: Lee Gugino. Excellent.

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

The other Battle on Snowshoes

21 March - Bristol Vermont.
This is a recreation of the March 13, 1758 Battle on Snowshoes, between Robert Rogers' scouting party and Ensigns Langis' and Durantaye's war party. For more on the history, visit the unit's website: https://sites.google.com/site/lacompagniedelangis/about-us

This year, the recreated battle will take place on the Layn Farm in Bristol, VT. This is the same field-and-woods site that we regularly return to every couple of years--the EALR's firing range, for the EALR members.
Unit commanders, as per Jim Ross' instructions: "the scenario will be unveiled to all at inspection. Have all firelocks well cleaned and appropriately appointed ( Stall and Guard). Snow shoes will be required this year. Bring a lunch and plenty of rounds."

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Grand River Mohawk c1804

Interesting warpaint configuration.By Sempronius Stretton.

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1/72 Strelets-R US Militia 1812

Thanks to Sam Wise for this one

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Friday, 13 February 2015

New Thomsomfeld diorama

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Strelets-R 1/72 Tecumseh 1812

Thanks to Thomsomfeld for finding out about this forthcoming plastic set. Pretty exciting. Masters here

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

French infantry by Vernet

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Experience the Battle on Snowshoes at Fort Ticonderoga: Living History Event and Re-enactment Planned for Saturday, February 21

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Colonial Fort Michilimackinac in Winter

More winter photos here


Saturday, 7 February 2015

French drum calls

from 1754 - listen here


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Event at Old Fort Niagara

Gearing up for Snowshoe Patrol on Saturday, February 7th. Activities from 11am to 4pm. Check out our website for a full schedule of events


Canadien Going to War on Snowshoes

thanks to Ryan Richard for this excellent reconstruction. 

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Sunday, 1 February 2015


Norm found this website - looks interesting.

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