Saturday 30 January 2016

The 55th Foot

 Back in the 90s-00s New York artist Thomas Payton was involved in recreating this famous unit in a Living History project. He also kept a sketchbook from those times which is well worth checking out.

All pictures copyright Thomas Payton.

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Murdoch MacLean of Lochbuie by unknown artist

Family tradition states that this painting depicts Murdoch MacLean of Lochbuie, who was Ensign and later Lieutenant in The Black Watch. However, further research indicates that Murdoch may not have served in The Black Watch, but in the 114th Regiment.
Alternatively, the painting may depict Archie MacLean, a cousin of Murdoch, who served with the Royal Highland Volunteers around the period the painting was executed.

Sunday 24 January 2016

A wintery Fort Ligonier. — at Fort Ligonier.

Fort Ticonderoga recreates Von Germann painting

Von Germann drawing of a British soldier in Canadian dress
Our staff took a moment this past week to recreate this fantastic period image of a British soldier weathering a cold Canadian winter. Both the cap and the blanket coat are Canadian-style garments, showing how these soldiers adapted to their environment by adopting local styles.

Thursday 21 January 2016

Wednesday 20 January 2016

New blog from me

I have started a new blog on the late 18thc - the French Revolutionary wars etc. I know it's not that popular a period but I hope someone likes it. Here

Monday 18 January 2016

George Morland

More here

Mrs. Middleton Takes Prisoners

Image is  Portrait of the actress Charlotte Walpole dressed as a sentry at Cox Heath in her role as Nancy in R.B. Sheridan's 'The Camp', standing on a hill above a military camp at left which she points towards, a cabin with letters 'CW' on the side and smoking chimney behind; after Bunbury, published state after change of title. 1780

Dogs of War Gone Astray

Interesting article here

British Light Infantry Private

 by English School c. 1781 (West Point Museum)

George Hanger, 4th Baron Coleraine

An interesting career that takes in joining the army of Frederick the Great - Hessian Jagers and Tarleton's Legion. Read about him here

Saturday 16 January 2016


here for the biography of the man who was a Loyalist and became a count in Bavaria.
Shows the Rumford casque

The King's Shilling, 1770 (c)

A recruiting party of an officer, sergeant, drummer and fifer of an infantry regiment in a village street with a fair in the background.
When a man had 'taken the King's shilling' it meant that he had enlisted in the Army. In the eighteenth century, recruiting parties were a common sight in villages and at country fairs. Recruiting officers would persuade men to enlist with misleading tales of the glamour of army life, and the offer of a 'bounty'. This was a large sum of money, supposedly paid to the new recruit when he enlisted. In fact most of it disappeared in various 'deductions' and the recruit was lucky to see any of it.
Here, the new recruit takes the money or shakes hands to seal the bargain, with the officer. His wife or sweetheart, obviously less naive, is clearly distressed at the prospect of his 'going for a soldier'.

Thursday 14 January 2016

Fore's New Manual and Platoon Exercises

 corrected from the latest regulations, by command of his Royal Highness, the Duke of York 1798
zoomable image here

I have started a Facebook group for the late 18thc - Revolutionary wars etc -

Monday 11 January 2016

Light Infantry

This image depicts a soldier in the Light Infantry Company (note the LI lettering to the front of his cut down cap) of the 46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of foot c. 1771, as they would have appeared just prior to the American Revolutionary War. More here

119th Prince's Own Light Infantry 1762-3

Not an American theatre formation but one showing the emerging styles of Light Infantry dress that became the norm in the Revwar. By Morier.

Saturday 9 January 2016

The Revenant

| Official Teaser Trailer: Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

Friday 8 January 2016

Lord Howe

Wiki here. He was described by James Wolfe as "the best officer in the British Army"
George Augustus, 3rd Viscount Howe Wearing the Uniform of the 1st Guards
By: Sir Joshua Reynolds From here

Fort Ti's recreation of Lord Howe - at the Carillon 1758 reenactment

Thursday 7 January 2016

Battle of New Orleans

1815 painting of the battle by participant Jean Hyacinthe de Laclotte of the Louisiana Militia based on his memories and sketches made at the site.

The 3rd New Jersey Regiment is recruiting!

 We are always looking for good young men and women to help us recreate the American Revolution's amazing history! Want to take a new approach to educating? Looking for a more authentic unit? Just getting into the hobby? Email us today and get started! ‪#‎jerseygreys‬

Wednesday 6 January 2016

Forthcoming Osprey of interest

Details here
Providing a unique glimpse into the experiences of regular British and French infantry in North America during the French and Indian War, this book reveals what it was like for soldiers fighting each other at some of the most pivotal engagements of the conflict, La Belle-Famille, Quebec and Sainte-Foy. Far from home, the equipment and tactics initially employed by both colonial powers were more suited to the European theatre, but as the war ground on, tactical doctrine evolved as both armies learned lessons that would be utilized by succeeding generations of soldiers.
Packed with first-hand accounts, dramatic artwork and photographs and a technical analysis of the evolving nature of warfare on the American continent, this book puts readers in the boots of the soldiers who played a pivotal role in shaping the future of North America.

Monday 4 January 2016

Galloping Major Redcoats

Some of the British infantry "hatmen" for SYW/FIW planned for release - for more information and pictures go to the website:
and check out the News and Studio pages for more pictures and information. watch out for news on how we're hoping to get these released.

Saturday 2 January 2016

Fishguard 1797

“Col Tate is to have the chief command of the legion; the Admiral will give the necessary orders to the officer commanding the naval force, which will proceed up St George’s Channel, and the landing is to be effected, if possible, in or near Cardigan Bay… The expedition under the command of Col Tate has in view three principal objects: the first is, if possible, to raise an insurrection in the country; the second is to interrupt and embarrass the commerce of the enemy: and the third is to prepare and facilitate the way for a descent by distracting the attention of the English government. In all countries the poor are the class most prone to Insurrection, and this disposition Is to be forwarded by disturbing money and drink; by inveighing against the government as the cause of the public distress; by recommending and facilitating a rising to plunder the public stores and magazines, and the property of the rich, whose affluence Is the natural subject envy to the poor.” (Orders by General Hoche)
Read about it  here

Lacrosse game GIF

Ten questions about Braddock’s Defeat

Interesting blog piece by David Preston author of this book
Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution - See more at:
Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution - See more at:
Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution - See more at: