Friday 31 March 2023

Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley

 This looks good. Anyone read it?

In the summer of 1777, while the British and the Americans were engaged in the bitter American Revolution, a massive campaign was launched from Canada into New York State.

Brigadier Barry St. Leger led a crucial expedition from Lake Ontario into the Mohawk Valley. The goal was to travel by waterways to join Lieutenant General John Burgoyne in the siege of Albany. But Leger encountered obstacles along the way. While laying siege to Fort Stanwix, Leger received word that Benedict Arnold was leading a massive relief column that was headed their way. Leger and his men retreated, and despite a later attempt to carry on, were never able to help Burgoyne. The Americans then destroyed the British-held Fort Ticonderoga, marking the end of the campaign.

The results of the failed St. Leger expedition were historic. Not only was the loss of Fort Ticonderoga was a major blow to the British war effort, but the campaign also brought about the disillusionment of the Iroquois Confederacy, and saw the founding of the infamous Butler's Rangers and the first major campaign of Sir John Johnson's King's Royal Regiment.

Monday 20 March 2023

Warhorse Miniatures Monongahela redcoats update

 "First test print with the new British models. I am going to rescale the muskets a little, they look too small. The first batch will be around 54mm to match the Barzso miniatures. Later on, I will start rescaling them to match W. Britain and J.J. Designs toy soldiers.  The new poses will start this week. "

Sunday 19 March 2023

Britains American War of Independence


I had these as a kid. Think they came out late 60s. I still have one crew and the barrel of the gun. 

Thursday 16 March 2023

44th Foot at Monongahela 1755 by Warhorse Miniatures

 Mike says "Model is finished. I will start working on another marching pose. After that a firing line and then some other poses. Plus, a Sgt model and later on an Officer. Maybe a drummer and Flag bearer at some point."  or find them on Facebook.

Fort Dobbs Garrison at Chimney Rock State Park in 2014

 It's Throwback Thursday!

Today, we travel back to 2014 when the recreated Garrison of Fort Dobbs provided living history interpretation at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.  

Chimney Rock was used as the filming location for many of the iconic scenes in the 1992 film "The Last of the Mohicans."

Monday 13 March 2023

Arrival of the Buffs

 Ken Smith Art


Limited edition collector’s print. 250 print edition

October 27, 1759. Captain John Stuart and approximately seventy men of the South Carolina Provincial Regiment (known as the Buffs, because of their uniforms’ facings of buff-colored cloth) arrive at Fort Loudoun to shore up the beleaguered garrison and deliver much-needed supplies of meat, flour, salt, ammunition, and clothing. Stuart’s arrival seemed to herald a new hope for peace, but the situation proved to have deteriorated to a point of no return.

Depicted: The South Carolina Provincial Regiment (the Buffs) shadowed by Cherokee warriors on their approach to Fort Loudoun

Wednesday 8 March 2023

New Worlds, Old Wars

The Anglo-American Indian Wars 1607-1678

David Childs

Fascinating history of the early Indian wars.

This a great book. It's not very often that you get a book on the Indian Wars of the 17th century. It is not for the faint-hearted as a lot of the events seem cruel and inhuman. The religious beliefs of the Pilgrim settlers were used as justification for quite monstrous behaviour wrapped up in the Old Testament. But it is a story that needs to be known - it is history and we can learn from this book. If you have an interest in the history of New England and its native populations then I recommend this book. It covers among other conflicts the Pequot War, King Philip's War and the first Abenaki war. It is a worthwhile addition to your collection if you have an interest in the wars that made the U.S. 

Wednesday 1 March 2023

Stillman's Run

 The first skirmish of the Black Hawk War took place #OnThisDay in 1832. Sauk and Meskwaki forces, who were trying to reclaim land in Illino...