Sunday, 26 September 2021

Ulster American Folkpark

 Ulster American Folkpark. My favourite place in the UK to reenact the revwar. Here is their Pennsylvania farmhouse and outbuildings.

Monday, 13 September 2021

Battle of the Plains of Abraham 1759


Today's anniversary. Wiki

"The Pathfinder" - 1996 TV-Movie


This adventure follows a mid-18th-century British scout through the wilderness on a mission to sneak into a French fortress.

I saw this on VHS - it's not great. It has some bits filmed at Niagara if I remember correctly. 

Sunday, 12 September 2021


 The Iroquois Trail is a 1950 American Western film directed by Phil Karlson starring George Montgomery and Brenda Marshall. It is set during the French-Indian War.[2] It is an adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 work The Last of the Mohicans, with significant alterations. As with the book, one of the major plot lines is based on the siege of Fort William Henry and the subsequent massacre.[3]

Saturday, 11 September 2021

"La Fayette" - Battle of Brandywine (September 11, 1777) Part2

Somebody blundered with the Scottish uniforms!

 "La Fayette" is a 1961 French-Italian biographical film directed by Jean Dréville and starring Pascale Audret, Jack Hawkins and Orson Welles. The film depicts the life of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, in particular his role in the American War of Independence.

2nd Siege of Fort Henry 1782

 This siege by Indians and Butler's Rangers commenced today. Wiki

Friday, 10 September 2021

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Newtown 1779

 Today's anniversary is this battle an important engagement of the Sullivan expedition against the Iroquois.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Benjamin West Guy Johnson and David Hill.


Guy Johnson

I had the idea for a Revwar group. His Majesty's Indian allies (named after this excellent book) based on the British Indian department.

Revwar event in the UK

 The Rev war comes to Yorkshire! On the weekend of the 18th and 19th September 2021 at Oakwell Hall, Birstall, W Yorkshire. 

Members of the 6th Virginia, 33rd Foot and 43rd foot plus guests will garrison the house and clash in a skirmish!

This event commemorates the Batt family, Who were ruined by the English Civil War. In the early 18th century they emigrated to Virginia and set up a plantation near Richmond.

At the time of the Revolutionary war, the Batt descendants were part of the Virginia militia. 

Forthcoming Osprey

MAA: German Troops in the American Revolution (2)

During the American Revolutionary War (1775–83), German auxiliary troops provided a vital element of the British war effort. While the largest body of German troops was from Hessen-Cassel (see the first volume of this study), the first Germans to be contracted by the British were from the Duchy of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel – 4,300 men including dismounted dragoons, artillery and light infantry. Hessen-Hanau initially contributed one infantry regiment and an artillery company, which were also captured at Saratoga; Hessen-Hanau later provided the British with Jäger and light infantry troops. An infantry regiment contributed by the Principality of Waldeck and Pyrmont served alongside the troops of Hessen-Cassel during the New York campaign of 1776–77. The margraviates of Brandenburg Ansbach and Brandenburg-Bayreuth initially sent 1,600 men including a full regiment of Jäger; these troops fought in the Philadelphia campaign of 1777–78 and some were present at the siege of Yorktown in 1781. Finally, the Principality of Anhalt-Zerbst sent two battalions of infantry which served in Canada and New York City. Fully illustrated, this lively study examines the organization, appearance, weapons and equipment of these German auxiliary troops who fought for King George in the American Revolutionary War.


Monday, 23 August 2021

"La Fayette" - Siege of Yorktown (1781) Part1

 "La Fayette" is a 1961 French-Italian biographical film directed by Jean Dréville and starring Pascale Audret, Jack Hawkins and Orson Welles. The film depicts the life of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, in particular his role in the American War of Independence. Part 2 here

Monday, 9 August 2021

French army of the 1770s and 80s

 There are quite a lot of groups in France recreating this era. I would like to see a group in the UK. I made a Pinterest page collecting images on the subject

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Event at St Malo France 2021


Bushy Run 1763

 The Battle of Bushy Run was fought on August 5–6, 1763, in western Pennsylvania, between a British column under the command of Colonel Henry Bouquet and a combined force of DelawareShawneeMingo, and Huron warriors. This action occurred during Pontiac's Rebellion.

Bushy Run by vintage British comic artist Ron Embleton

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Osprey title for 2022

 CBT: Seminole Warrior vs US Soldier

During the 19th century, US forces confronted the Seminole people in a series of bitter wars over the fate of Florida. After the refusal of the Seminoles to move west to the Creek Reservation in Mississippi, the US government sent troops to bring Florida under federal control, marking the beginning of the Second Seminole War. On December 23, 1835, troops led by Major Francis Langhorne Dade were ambushed and massacred en route to Fort King. Two years of guerrilla warfare ensued, as the Seminoles evaded the US forces sent to defeat them. Ordered to hunt down the Seminoles, a US force led by Colonel Zachary Taylor incurred heavy losses at the battle of Lake Okeechobee (December 25, 1837), but the Seminoles were forced to withdraw. At the battle of the Loxahatchee River (January 24, 1838), forces led by Major General Thomas S. Jesup  encountered a large group of Seminoles and met them with overwhelming numbers and greater firepower. Despite their stubborn efforts to resist the US military, the Seminoles were defeated and Florida became a state of the Union in 1845. This fully illustrated study assesses the forces fighting on both sides, casting light on the tactics, weaponry, and combat record of the Seminole warriors and their US opponents during the Second Seminole War.

From here

Incidentally if you like the Seminole wars there is an excellent Facebook page

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Death of General John Prideaux

By Frederick Ray

 Killed during the siege of Old Fort Niagara. His wiki says

 However, on 19 July 1759 he was killed by being struck in the head with a shell fragment. On the morning of that day, being still dusk, the recently appointed General was inspecting his artillery, when he suddenly stepped in front of a British mortar and was struck on the head by a fragment of shell, which burst prematurely at the mouth of one of their cohorns, and killed him on the spot decapitating him. 

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Monday, 5 July 2021

British grenadiers at Fort Bull

 Photo from the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War event held in Rome N Y . Photo credit goes to Mike Huchko.

Monday, 28 June 2021

28th June - Fall of Louisbourg 1745

Read about it here

The landing of troops from New England on the island of Cape Breton to attack Louisbourg, Unknown author

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Kirby Hall 25th anniversary


Howard Giles on his reenactment nostalgia Facebook group has noted that it is 25 years since the first Kirby Hall. This was a big multi-era reenactment event that spanned from Romans to WW2. I attended the first one manning a recruiting stall for the French and Indian war group I had started (see pic). The following year we were invited to do a display. Good times. Gallery of old French and Indian war reenactment photos

Thursday, 10 June 2021

From Don Troiani


Chasseurs Volontaires de St. Dominque, 1779. This was a corps of black and mulattoes (period term) raised on Saint Domingue (noe Haiti) in French service. 700 of them were in the campaign to capture Savannah in 1779 . Detachments of them did service on other French held Caribbean Islands until the unit was disbanded at the end of the war.  Like most French Colonial troops they wore dark blue coat instead of the white of the line regiments. Watercolor and gouache on Bristol board. Prints available at :

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Pontiac's rebellion

 Today's anniversary - Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac using a lacrosse game to deceive the garrison. 1763.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

For Trade and Treaty Ryan Gale

 For Trade and Treaty by author Ryan R. Gale is the most comprehensive work on the subject of Native American firearms to date.Filled with hundreds of full color images of dozens of original northwest guns, trade fusils, and treaty guns, this book's wide 11" landscape format allows images up to 22" across the gutter.This book also contains new research, numerous fur trade and government invoices, inventories and other firearm records never before published.Chapters include:History, Markings, Proofing, Repairs, Evolution, The Dutch, Old and New France, The British Colonies, Hudson's Bay Company, North West Company, X.Y. Company, American Fur Company, Pierre Chouteau Jr. & Co., British Government Gift Guns, United States Trade and Treaty Guns, Ammunition and Accouterments.

Price Range: $35.99 - $48

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

The Battle of Sainte-Foy 1760

 The Battle of Sainte-Foy, sometimes called the Battle of Quebec, was fought on April 28, 1760 near the British-held town of Quebec in the French province of Canada during the Seven Years' War. It was a victory for the French under the Chevalier de Lévis over the British army under General Murray. The battle was notably bloodier than the Battle of the Plains of Abraham of the previous September, with 833 French casualties to 1,124 British casualties.

Monday, 19 April 2021

Recruiting Now!

 Wanted 18 Good Men  

 For Service in Colonel Munro’s 37th Regiment of Foot  


Colonel Munro is calling on all good Englishmen to enlist and serve His Majesty King George the II to subdue the rebellious Scots.

The 37th Regiment of the foot is an AUTHENTIC/PROGRESSIVE living history group dedicated to portraying the 37th Regiment of Foot at the time of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.  The 37th Regiment is based in Central Arkansas; however, we are recruiting from Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. We are partners with Maclachans Progressive Jacobite Unit, Ozarks Contingent. For anyone interested in joining, I encourage that you join the group; however, remember this is an authentic unit with high standards for authenticity; that being said,we are here to teach and are open to all who want to join and improve their impression and knowledge on this time era.

P.S. we are looking for anyone who can play a period drum and Fife.

"April Morning" 1988 Lexington/Concord - American Revolution TV-Movie

 April 19th 1775 - An excellent representation of the events on Lexington Green and the fighting during the retreat from Concord - based on the book “April Morning,” by Howard Fast which was originally published in 1961.

Saturday, 17 April 2021

The British Light Infantry in 1775

 In this video, new and archival reenactment footage is used to demonstrate the development, adoption and use of light infantry companies in the British Army shortly before the start of the American Revolution in 1775.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Old Fort Niagara free lecture


Old Fort Niagara hosts a free lecture on Zoom featuring author Mark R. Anderson. 

Anderson’s new book “Down the Warpath to the Cedars” details the May 1776 battle between Continental and Native/British forces east of Montreal. The work focuses on the role of Native Americans on the northern frontier during the American Revolution. The program is scheduled for Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  

Register here: 

Purchase the book here:  (sales benefit Old Fort Niagara).

More information is available at the fort’s website

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

New from Don Troiani

 Battalion Soldier of the 35th Regiment of Foot c 1755-1757. They formed part of the garrison of Fort William Henry during the famous siege at Lake George. Watercolor and Gouache on Bristol board. Prints available from:

Ulster American Folkpark

 Ulster American Folkpark. My favourite place in the UK to reenact the revwar. Here is their Pennsylvania farmhouse and outbuildings.