Monday 30 March 2020

UK French reenactors in the late 90s

 Regiment de La Reine (above)
Compagnies franches de La Marine (above). I am on the left in white.

Monday 23 March 2020

French officer American revolution

Officer of the Armagnac regiment, wearing the uniform described by the february 1779 regulation. Gerry Embleton. From CHARTRAND René, BACK Francis, The French army in the american war of Independence, Osprey publishing, 1991. p. 37 

Thursday 19 March 2020

Thunder in the East

 Have you got your confinement reading material in yet? This is what I bought. It's fiction - part of a saga that goes through to the Revolution via Pontiac. Don't really like reading fiction so it's slow going. What are you going to read?

Thursday 12 March 2020

Saturday 7 March 2020

The Broken Chain (1993)

Thanks to Stephen for suggesting this. Docudrama movie on the six nations  tribe(s)  conflict  in war with the  English empire and colonial settlers.

Friday 6 March 2020

Joseph Brant by Gerry Embleton.

Read his wiki here. About time someone made a movie about him. I would watch it. Any novels about him?

Wednesday 4 March 2020

From the original Wolfe's army by G. Embleton

Alan Kemp Yorktown 1976

I used to have this book.

Following the Drum

Friday, December 19, 1777, dawned cold and windy. Fourteen thousand Continental Army soldiers tramped from dawn to dusk along the rutted Pennsylvania roads from Gulph Mills to Valley Forge, the site of their winter encampment. The soldiers’ arrival was followed by the army’s wagons and hundreds of camp women. Following the Drum tells the story of the forgotten women who spent the winter of 1777–78 with the Continental Army at Valley Forge—from those on society’s lowest rungs to ladies on the upper echelons.

Impoverished and clinging to the edge of survival, many camp women were soldiers’ wives who worked as the army’s washers, nurses, cooks, and seamstresses. Other women at the encampment were of higher status: they traveled with George Washington’s entourage when the army headquarters shifted locations and served the general as valued cooks, laundresses, or housekeepers. There were also the ladies at Valley Forge who were not subject to the harsh conditions of camp life and came and went as they and their husbands, Washington’s generals and military advisers, saw fit. Nancy K. Loane uses sources such as issued military orders, pension depositions after the war, soldiers’ descriptions, and some of the women’s own diary entries and letters to bring these women to life.

Tuesday 3 March 2020

The French 1755 uniform

Pic I did of the uniforms of the first wave of French troops to New France. If I remember correctly their uniforms were made by the Ministry of Marine and lacked collars that was the current regulation.

Grenadier of the French Guyenne regiment (left) and a corporal from the Béarn regiment (right), circa 1756 by Eugene Leliepvre:
UK group de La Reine in the 1755 uniform.

Portrait of an officer Stephen Slaughter