Today's anniversary. Kronoskaf
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Friday, 4 September 2020
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Forthcoming Osprey of interest. On Amazon
Friday, 28 August 2020
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Thursday, 20 August 2020
The Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794), fought along the banks of the Maumee River, between an Indian Confederation of woodland tribes led by Chief Little Turtle and Gen. Anthony Wayne's Legion, is one of the most decisive battles in American history. What took place here (near Toledo, OH) decided the course of future westward expansion.The Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission and Toledo Metroparks invite you to explore this timeless location, and "walk in the footsteps" where history was made!! Video ©Native Sun Productions with music by David Arkenstone
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
filles de roi earlier than the 1690s? I should add Susan my wife is enjoying it immensely so we shall watch the next one.
Monday, 10 August 2020
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Monday, 3 August 2020
Friday, 31 July 2020
Monday, 27 July 2020
Saturday, 25 July 2020
Friday, 24 July 2020
Engagement at La Belle Famille
On the morning of July 24, a distant firing told Pouchot that reinforcements were at hand. Aubry and Ligneris parties (about 1,100 French and 1,200 Indians) had left Presqu'isle a few days before. Among them was a body of Compagnies Franches de la Marine but the Frenchmen of the party were chiefly traders and bushrangers from the West. They were excellent woodsmen, skilful hunters, and perhaps the best bush-fighters in all Canada.
Johnson, besides his Indians, had with him about 2,300 men, whom he was forced to divide into 3 separate bodies: one to guard the bateaux, one to guard the trenches and one to fight Aubry and his band. This last body, which initially consisted of the provincial light infantry and the pickets sent forward the previous evening, was reinforced with 2 companies of grenadiers and 150 men of the 46th Foot, and placed under command of colonel Eyre Massey. They took post behind an abattis at a place called “La Belle Famille”, and the Iroquois placed themselves on their flanks. These Iroquois had shown signs of disaffection and, when the enemy approached, they opened a parley with the French Indians, which, however, soon ended, and both sides raised the war-whoop.
Johnson also instructed lieutenant-colonel Farquhar to take position at the tail of the trenches with the 44th Foot and to support the guard commanded by major John Beckwith in case the French garrison should make a sally.
When Pouchot heard the firing, he went with a wounded artillery officer to the bastion next the river and, as the forest had been cut away for a great distance, they could see more than 2 km along the shore. There, by glimpses among trees and bushes, they descried bodies of men, now advancing, and now retreating; Indians in rapid movement, and the smoke of guns, the sound of which reached their ears in heavy volleys, or a sharp and angry rattle. Meanwhile, the British cannon had ceased their fire and the silent trenches seemed deserted. There was a call in the fort for volunteers to sally and destroy the works. No sooner did the volunteers show themselves along the covered way than the seemingly abandoned trenches were thronged with men and bayonets and the attempt was given up. The distant firing lasted half an hour, then ceased. Indeed, the fight had been brisk for a while but at last Aubry's men broke away in a panic. The French officers seem to have made desperate efforts to retrieve the day, for nearly all of them were killed or captured; while their followers, after heavy loss, fled to their canoes and boats above the cataract.
Pouchot remained in suspense till, at 2:00 PM, a friendly Onondaga, who had passed unnoticed through the British lines, came to him with the announcement that the French and their allies had been routed and cut to pieces. Pouchot would not believe him.
At 4:00 PM, after a furious cannonade on both sides, a trumpet sounded from the trenches and major Harvey approached the fort with a summons to surrender. He brought also a paper containing the names of the captive French officers. Pouchot, feigning incredulity, sent an officer of his own to the British camp, who soon saw unanswerable proof of the disaster; for here, under a shelter of leaves and boughs near the tent of Johnson, sat Ligneris, severely wounded, with Aubry, Villiers, Montigny, Marin, and their companions in misfortune, in all, 16 officers, 4 cadets, and 1 surgeon.
Thursday, 23 July 2020
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Saturday, 4 July 2020
Sunday, 28 June 2020
'The entire fort should have a footprint similar to the one in the movie (relative to the 54mm figures) - so it will be a big one. (I recently read the 1930's book - this is a case of the movie being better than the book). The movie fort is a combo of two forts in the book (and in the actual history of thTimothye region). I spent a lot of time watching the movie, freeze framing, using a rule to measure the people and how they measured to the fort. Also, it was really tough figuring out the different parts of the fort, as I assume only certain angles were shot as this was a movie set and not a real fort. '
Timothy has some impressive ancestors from the Revolution era.
The Revolutionary connection is to Col Jonathan Buck (founder of Buckstown now Bucksport, Maine).
Friday, 26 June 2020
Fort Dobbs State Historic site are commemorating. Here is one of their historic interpreters kitted out as one of the 77th Montgomery's highlanders.
British 1760 expedition against the Cherokee.
Anglo-Cherokee war wiki
Monday, 22 June 2020
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Saturday, 23 May 2020
Saturday, 16 May 2020
'The majority of my FIW figures are Blue Moon 15/18mm. I included some Old Glory 15s and Essex in the collection, but I don't think either of those are in this.'
|French siege lines|
Friday, 15 May 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
Thursday, 7 May 2020
Monday, 4 May 2020
Saturday, 2 May 2020
Bulletproof miniatures on Faceebook
Thursday, 30 April 2020
Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Moses Hazen enlisted in an American colonial unit in 1755 and, according to the historian Francis Parkman, served that year under Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Monckton* at Fort Beauséjour (near Sackville, N.B.). In 1756 he was at Lac Saint-Sacrement (Lake George, N.Y.). Out of the army the following year, he shipped to Halifax provisions and supplies for the projected British attack on Louisbourg, Île Royale (Cape Breton Island). On 7 April 1758 he was commissioned first lieutenant in John McCurdy’s company of Major Robert Rogers*’s rangers, and he served under Brigadier-General James Wolfe* at the capture of Louisbourg. Wintering at Fort Frederick (Saint John, N.B.), and having succeeded in January 1759 to command of McCurdy’s company, Hazen led it the following month on a raid to Sainte-Anne-du-Pays-Bas (Fredericton, N.B.), burning the settlement and taking prisoners, among them Joseph Godin*, dit Bellefontaine, dit Beauséjour, who had been a thorn in the British side; the raid earned Hazen a captaincy.
In 1759 Hazen’s company was included in the expedition to Quebec, and he transferred to that front Rogers’s form of brutal partisan warfare, boldly volunteering himself and his men for numerous expeditions into the countryside around Quebec. He was on one such operation when the battle of the Plains of Abraham was fought on 13 September. As the British waited out the winter of 1759–60 within the walls of Quebec, Hazen’s daring sorties impressed Brigadier-General James Murray*. Badly wounded in the thigh at the battle of Sainte-Foy in April 1760, Hazen was eventually obliged to give up his ranger company. On 21 Feb. 1761, with the recommendation of Murray, who attributed to him “so much still Bravery and good Conduct as would Justly Entitle him to Every military Reward he Could ask or Demand,” Hazen was allowed to purchase, for 800 guineas, a lieutenant’s commission in the 44th Foot. From 1761 to 1763 his regiment performed garrison duty at Montreal, and when it was reduced to nine companies in 1763 he retired on half pay.
|Compagnies Franches de la Marine brigade (2 bns totalling about 970 regulars and 240 militia)|
By March 1760, 800 men of the Compagnies Franches de la Marine were organised into 2 battalions for the planned expedition against Québec. They were supplemented by 358 men from the militias of the localities upstream from Montréal who were integrated into the battalions. From April 21 to 25, transport vessels gradually sailed from Montréal for Québec. Overall the battalions then counted 80 officers, 898 regulars, 246 militia and 79 non-combatants for a total of 1,303 men. On April 28, these two battalions took part in the victorious Battle of Sainte-Foy. However, the arrival of a British relief fleet forced the French to retire on Montréal.
BARKSKINS examines the mysterious massacre of settlers in the vast and unforgiving wilds of 1690s New France that threatens to throw the region into all-out war. Likely suspects abound -- the English, the Hudson's Bay Company and a band of Kanien'keha:ka (Iroquois) possibly in league with the English looking to drive the French from the territory -- but who or what brought these settlers to such a tragic end?
National Geographic's new eight-part limited series, BARKSKINS, created by Elwood Reid and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Annie Proulx, transports viewers to the wild frontier of the late 17th century.
Directed by: David Slade (premiere episode)
Starring: David Thewlis, Marcia Gay Harden, Aneurin Barnard, James Bloor, Christian Cooke, Thomas M. Wright, Zahn McClarnon, David Wilmot, Tallulah Haddon, Kaniehtiio (Tiio) Horn, Lily Sullivan
Release date: May 25, 2020 (on Nat Geo)
Monday, 27 April 2020
|A 1785 mezzotint of General David Wooster of the Continental Army, who was mortally wounded during the April 27, 1777 Battle of Ridgefield.|