Thursday 28 November 2019

Raiders from New France first impressions

My copy has just arrived. Very good. It's a book that has needed to be written and those involved have done well in putting it into print. The colour illustrations by Adam Hook are skilful
Couriers de good 1730s
with a debt (acknowledged) to the late Francis Back whose research has paved the way.  Plenty of good stuff on New France's military strategies, arms and clothing. Recommended.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Fusil Boucanier

'Coming soon from Loyalist Arms...Fusil Boucanier; .69 cal flint; "56 barrel.. being released for the New Year ! Pics available in the next few weeks.'
Read about the above image on this blog

Friday 22 November 2019

Winter scene

"After James William Peachey  A Winter View of the Falls of Montmorenci from the Road on the Ice fronting it taken 12th April 1781 by John Wells"

Saturday 16 November 2019

Raiders from New France

This book by Rene Chartrand and Adam Hook is out 28 November. I am really looking forward to it.

Saturday 9 November 2019

Announcement on forthcoming works of interest

After nearly eight years in the making, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Michel Pétard, René Chartrand and myself have recently signed a publication contract with Historical Enterprise, LLC for the publication of a full-color three-volume book set dealing with the material culture of the French troops in Canada (1683-1760). This ground-breaking study will provide a close look at the objects, clothing and equipment used by the French soldiers of the colonial and regular troops serving in North America and will include a large amount of unpublished information on the very subject (i.e., primary source documentation taken from archival material and notarial records) with a focus on new illustrations and line drawings by Francis Back and Michel Pétard, as well as photos of rare portraits and surviving artifacts from public and private collections throughout the world. A chapter on tattoos and military hairstyles written by the late Francis Back will be included as well.
Volume 1 - Regulation clothing, armament, and equipment of the colonial troops in Canada (1683-1760)
Volume 2 - Campaign clothing, armament, and equipment of the colonial troops in Canada (1683-1760)
Volume 3 - Regulation clothing, armament, and equipment of the French metropolitan troops in Canada (1755-1760)
No official publication date has been set at this point, but we are hopeful that volume 1 it goes into print late 2020 or early 2021.

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Stillman's Run

 The first skirmish of the Black Hawk War took place #OnThisDay in 1832. Sauk and Meskwaki forces, who were trying to reclaim land in Illino...