Sunday, 22 May 2022

painting by Benjamin West

 Completed between 1764 and 1768 this picture is usually ascribed as General Johnson Saving a Wounded French Officer from the Tomahawk of a North American Indian

Saturday, 21 May 2022

The Bloody Field of Fame

 Originally published in the mid 19th century, this edited, combined, and updated version of Elias Darnell and William Atherton's journals of General Winchester's ill-fated River Raisin campaign, shines a light on a forgotten, yet important moment of American history. Though the War of 1812 is little remembered, this conflict solidified the United States as a sovereign nation, and affirmed the treaties and promises of the American Revolution.

Including two other participant accounts of the engagement and their being taken captive by the British-allied Native Americans, maps, lithographs, engravings, and artwork, this new version of these important early-American journals follow along in the bloody footprints of the men who fought in the largest battle to ever take place on Michigan soil, and one that would rally men to 
"Remember the Raisin" and lead them to victory and assured independence.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Sainte-Foy 1760

 Missed the anniversary the other day. Here is a depiction of the French grenadier attack.

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Warhorse miniatures 1/32 French Marines in resin

 These appeal to me lot. They look great and they are set#1 so presumably more to come. Buy and see more etc here. U.S. Company.


Thursday, 14 April 2022

Helion conference in Derby

 Helion and Company are proud to announce a From Reason to Revolution Conference covering warfare in North America 1754-1815 held at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on the 2nd of July 2022.

This year’s conference is generously sponsored by the Society for Army Historical Research and hosted by Derby Museums.
This year’s conference will consider the campaigns that shaped the history of North America, from the Seven Years War that brought an end to New France, through the struggle in which the Thirteen Colonies won their independence, to the final clashes in the War of 1812 that helped secure a British Canada.
Drinks will be available through the day and a buffet lunch will be provided.
Tickets are £30 per person which includes lunch and drinks during the day.
Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., doors open at 9.30 a.m.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

"Winter Campaign on Lake Ontario 1755-1756'' Alex Stepkin

 A Russian language book that has some of my drawings in has come out. 

To purchase

Народ, сегодня из типографии пришла моя вторая книга "Зимняя кампания на озере Онтарио 1755-1756 гг. (штурм форта Булл)" и её можно уже заказывать!

Цена за книгу 720 руб +доставка, количество страниц 480, бумага хорошая плотная, обложка тоже.
Заказать книгу можно у меня
"Представляю вашему вниманию один из эпизодов так называемой «зимней» войны, произошедшей с ноября 1755 по май 1756 г. на озере Онтарио в Северной Америке. Уникальность этой военной кампании заключается в том, что европейские армии того времени, как правило, прекращали ведение боевых действий в течение зимы. Именно это и произошло в конце октября-ноября 1755 г., когда английские и французские армии, взаимно понимая, что в течение летнего сезона они уже ничего не достигнут, разошлись на «зимние квартиры». Однако после нового года губернатор Канады де Водрёй, узнав о планируемом весной мощном наступлении англичан на французские форты в районе озера Онтарио и о выступлении конфедерации ирокезских племён на их стороне, был вынужден развязать активные боевые действия против английской крепости Освего, откуда планировалось начать весеннее наступление. Кульминацией этой тяжелейшей зимней кампании станет штурм крупным франко-индейским отрядом важной английской базы снабжения – форта Булл".

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

The Pattern. HM 33rd Regiment of Foot 1770 -1785 at Fort Amherst

 This group did their first event of 2022 and it looks like a perfect match for the group to be at Fort Amherst. They wrote:

The Pattern participated in its first public event of 2022 last weekend, at Fort Amherst in Chatham, Kent.
Fort Amherst was constructed in 1756 at the southern end of the Brompton lines of defence, to protect the south-eastern approaches to Chatham Dockyard and the River Medway against a French invasion. The 33rd was one of the regiments that constructed it.
From Friday to Sunday, we garrisoned the Fort, living in the reconstructed barracks, training on the parade square, mounting sentries and talking to numerous members of the public.

Click on the pic to enlarge

Monday, 21 March 2022

Working with Complicated Allies or The Indians and French on the Oneida Carry, 1756

 From Fort Stanwix

'On this day in March 21, 1756 a French force of 362 men were half way from their target, the British fortifications at the Great Oneida Carrying Place, now Rome, New York. Their mission to destroy the supplies destined for the British base at Oswego from which the British hoped to launch their 1756 offensive to take the French Fort Niagara. Today this raiding force encounters rain, hail, snow and wind. They decide to camp near the Deer River.

Read more about this ill-fated raid in this month's blog post linked below.'


Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Battle of Guilford Court House 1781

 Today's anniversary. Read about this battle here.

Reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Court House, March 15, 1781. Photo courtesy of the Greensboro Daily Photo.

Sunday, 6 March 2022

New from Don Troiani

French soldier of the Bearn Regiment 1755-1757. Watercolor and Gouache on paper. During the period the regiment worn blue facings without the collar and didn't take their swords into the field. Available as a nice print from:

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

The Defense of Fort Dobbs 2022

 See more on their Facebook page

A living history program commemorating the 262nd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Dobbs.

*All Native American participants were either enrolled members of Federally recognized tribes, or their personal, sanctioned guest.

Photo courtesy Kris Houpt
Fort Dobbs visitor information

Saturday, 26 February 2022

Agent of Empire: "The Life and Times of Daniel Hyacinthe Marie Lienard de Beaujeu"

 A webinar hosted by Old Fort Niagara on YouTube

Fort Ticonderoga's Battle on Snowshoes

From Fort Ticonderoga. These are excellent photos. Well done.

 'The fresh blanket of snow really set the stage for today's Battle on Snowshoes Reenactment! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us on a beautiful February day!'

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

New Ticonderoga 1758 painting by Don Troiani

 Always good to see new Don Troiani artwork, Buy a print here 

See Don's Facebook page for early sequences of this painting plus some close ups. 

Friday, 11 February 2022

Beaujeu at Grand Pré

 Today's anniversary. For more on Beaujeu see the event at Old Fort Niagara below.

From here

His 28,000-word journal of the 10-month campaign includes a detailed account of their greatest exploit. After a 150-mile march in bitter mid-winter, 300 Canadians and Indians attacked 500 New Englanders billeted in Grand Pré and forced their surrender after bloody fighting (11 Feb. 1747) [see Arthur Noble]. In several separate columns, they made a stealthy approach in the middle of the night. “A sentry who spotted us cried Who goes there? . . . We saw the watchkeeper come at once to the door. But the night was so dark, and we were hugging the ground so carefully, making no noise, that although we were within thirty paces, he considered it a false alarm and went back inside again. . . . In less than ten minutes we took the guardhouse. . . . All around we could hear musket fire. In every direction we could see men moving without being able to distinguish if they were our people or the enemy. . . . We had almost all lost our snowshoes and the amount of snow prevented us from moving smartly. . . . We would have been more gratified with our achievements if we had been able to learn that the other detachments had had as good success.”

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

A narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Johnson

 A narrative of the captivity of Mrs. Johnson: containing an account of her sufferings, during four years, with the Indians and French : together with an appendix, containing the sermons, preached at her funeral and that of her mother with sundry other interesting articles


Mrs. Johnson and her companions were taken prisoner at "No. 4", now Charlestown, N.H., in a raid of Indians from St. Francis, Canada, in Aug. 1754

Interesting theme from Old Fort Niagara

 This February. From  Old Fort Niagara | Facebook

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

From Jas. Townsends

 It is with deep regret that we inform you that James Townsend has passed away over the weekend after complications from a heart attack. Many of you were friends with Jim. He started selling candle lanterns to the historical reenacting community in 1973, which turned into a catalog mail order company that was run out of his garage, and eventually turned into the Jas. Townsend and Son that you know today. For almost fifty years he enjoyed, encouraged, and supported the historical reenacting community. He will be missed. From Jas. Townsends Facebook

Sunday, 30 January 2022

Butler's Ranger, Fort Erie - January of 1779.

 This is a new secondary impression by the King's 8th Lights
They say

The final state of our Butler's Rangers impression, hand made and hand sewn, by Timbrell Cockburn Cunha, including the equipment, hat, and accessories. We are excited to finally put this to use, as well as the winter equipment, and clothing.' The photos are taken by Trisha da Cunha, of Timbrell Cockburn Cunha, and the person pictured is our President, Marcio da Cunha.

Friday, 21 January 2022

A Very Fine Regiment - book from Helion on the 47th


'Lovely bit of artwork by Giorgio Albertini, depicting a soldier of the 47th Foot in the early years of the American War of Independence, for Paul Knight's forthcoming study of that unit, A Very Fine Regiment. Due out next month, you can register interest in Paul's book via the Helion and Company Publishing website:'

Saturday, 8 January 2022

Seminole (1953) full movie

 Trailer here full movie here

Rotten tomatoes reviews film wiki

New Orleans by Thomas Payton

 Today in History - January 8 1815

The Battle of New Orleans was fought between the British Army under Major General Sir Edward Pakenham and the United States forces commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson. The Americans defeated a poorly executed assault taking about 70 casualties, while the British suffered over 2,000, including the deaths of the commanding general, Major General Sir Edward Pakenham,

Image: Battle of New Orleans painted by Jean Hyacinthe de Laclotte, a member of the Louisiana Militia who participated in the battle based on his sketches made at the scene

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Forthcoming Seminole war Osprey


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 28, 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.

Freikorps 15 Seminole wars figures

 These figures are what I would use to wargame this period.

Seminole war uniforms


I have forgotten the title of the book this is from but it is a pleasant illustration.

Dade battle 1835

 Anniversary 28 December. Wiki for this battle in Florida. Photo from the excellent Florida Seminole War Facebook page

Fort Stanwix in the snow

 From their Facebook page. Wikipedia page on the fort here

Monday, 3 January 2022

Battle of Princeton

 Today's anniversary. Wiki on the battle here

Washington at Princeton by Charles Willson Peale
 Artist wiki. Article on James Peale and his painting here

painting by Benjamin West

  Completed between 1764 and 1768 this picture is usually ascribed as General Johnson Saving a Wounded French Officer from the Tomahawk of a...