Monday 29 June 2015

Events for the weekend

Experience the American fight for liberty at Fort Ticonderoga's three day Independence weekend celebration! Save 10% on your admission and witness historical demonstrations and patriotic performances!

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event action this weekend

If your last visit to Old Fort Niagara was in 4th grade, it's time to return! Come to the French & Indian War Encampment this Friday through Sunday, July 3-5! Visit French and British living history camps, listen to period music, watch lacrosse and cricket games, invite your children to "enlist" to defend the increasingly threatened French fort. We are your history headquarters!

Sunday 28 June 2015

55th and Gage's scouting around Carillon

‪#‎TDiH‬ June 27th & 28th
The Army untill the 4th of July was daily reinforc'd by provincials, and employ'd that time (after being form'd into Brigades) in finishing the two Stockaded Forts, and in Exercising a new Method of fighting, forming, and marching, in the Woods.
-Captain Hugh Arnot, 80th Regt of Light Armed Infantry to Earl of Loudoun, 1 August 1758
See this in action during Fort Ticonderoga's Montcalm's Cross event during the Saturday morning musket demonstration at 11 am! Join us July 18-19 for the full experience!…/montcalm-s-cross-th…/detail

Friday 26 June 2015

Private, Light Infantry Company 5th Regiment of Foot 1775

By Don Troiani

Association of Crown Forces 1776 to change their persona

From their Facebook page
'Our appearance at The American Museum in Britain on the weekend of July 4th/5th sees our final attendance in the guise of the Coldstream Guards before our reappearance in the uniforms of the 5th Foot, a massive project that has combined all the dedication, talents and efforts of the members over the past three years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the friends, members and former members of the Society who have supported us since our formation in 1982 and we look forward to seeing you and our new friends as the 5th Regiment of Foot in the future.'

Sunday 21 June 2015

New France Old England c1998

I started a French and Indian group in the mid-late 90s. Here's a pic of one of those post battle line ups.

Waterloo 1815-2015

Well it seems to have been a success - well done to those who took part. I feel a little jealous as I used to be a Napoleonic reenactor  - but I am too old now - events like Waterloo are physically demanding - I only did one Waterloo in 1990 and my feet still are sore from all that marching.
Anyway - there's some great photos on this blog

Thursday 18 June 2015

Waterloo 200

Impossible to ignore todays anniversary - the 200th of Waterloo - of course when I reenacted the Napoleonic wars I was on the French side. Anyway as a tribute here's a pretty song on the subject.

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Rebels and Redcoats Fort Niagra 2015

photos here

Battle of Fort Beauséjour 1755

Beginning June 3, 1755, a British army under Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Monckton staged out of nearby Fort Lawrence, besieged the small French garrison at Fort Beauséjour with the goal of opening the Isthmus of Chignecto to British control. Control of the isthmus was crucial to the French because it was the only gateway between Quebec and Louisbourg during the winter months.[2] After two weeks of siege, Louis Du Pont Duchambon de Vergor, the fort's commander, capitulated on June 16.
Wiki on the battle here

Monday 15 June 2015

“Bloody Mose”

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – June 15, 2015 – In the early morning hours of June 26, 1740, the village of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (mo-SAY), the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S., became the site of the bloodiest battle in Florida’s part in the War of Jenkins’ Ear. That day saw Florida’s Spanish soldiers, black militia, and native Yamassee auxiliaries locked in a “clash of empires” with invading English and Scottish troops from Georgia, a battle that culminated in desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as Fort Mose, St. Augustine’s northern-most defense, burned around them. The decisive Spanish victory at “Bloody Mose” was one of the factors that ended British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2015, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH – ), along with the Fort Mose Historical Society ( ), and Fort Mose Historic State Park ( ), will host the sixth, annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration. Now expanded to a two-day heritage Event, the award-winning, 275th-anniversary Battle of Bloody Mose historical re-enactment will take place from 10AM to 3PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park – 15 Fort Mose Trail; St. Augustine, Florida; 32084. White, black, and Native American re-enactors and volunteers from across Florida and the Southeast will participate in this heritage Event, presenting living-history demonstrations and interpretations.
•WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2015 / 10AM to 3PM

Tuesday 9 June 2015

Capture of the 'Alcide' and 'Lys'

 'Today in 1755, a British fleet seizes two French warships bound for Canada, causing the French and Indian War to explode into the Seven Years War.'

"The Capture of the 'Alcide' and 'Lys', 8 June 1755," artist unknown, 18th century, National Maritime Museum.

Saturday 6 June 2015

An authentic Journal of the Siege of the Havana. By an Officer. To which is prefixed a plan of the siege, etc 1762

free e-book here

Gorham's Rangers

In 1762, the regiment was part of Burton's Corps sent from North America to assist the British force already besieging Havana. It arrived in Cuba on June 27 and took part in the siege and capture of Havana suffering heavy losses from sickness during the following months. After the capitulation of Havana, the remaining rangers were drafted into the depleted British regiments.

Battle of Havana 1762

British siege guns before Morro Castle

Thursday 4 June 2015

Yemassee War battle at Goose Creek

'We are commemorating the battle that took place at George Chicken’s garrison on June 13, 1715, on June 13, 2015, the tricentennial of the battle.   After the battle, he gave the place where they fought and buried bodies to be a chapel of ease to the main parish. See our facebook page for newspaper articles and so forth.'