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

Portrait of an officer Stephen Slaughter