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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Friday, 7 May 2021

The Yankees are coming....

 to Upper Canada, in the year of Our Lord 1812, '13, '14...

Back on the gaming table, new forces appear:

Above: US Army regulars, and...

Militia. They're not entirely sure whether they should have been mustered out of state, or whether the Constitution permits their deployment out of the USA, but they are quite sure that it is Militia that can defeat the British....

Meanwhile, standing ready, small numbers of British regulars:

in a blockhouse, waiting for reinforcements in the shape of  newly embodied Fencibles and Sedentary Militia.

We wait, tense and expectant.

This is, of course, a self-serving post to advertise the rather good chapter in my recent Pen & Sword book:

I say so myself, but, in Britain at least, the War of 1812 has little resonance. My chapter in Amateur Armies: Militias and Volunteers in War and Peace, 1797-1961, takes a rare look at the important role of British North American (Upper and Lower Canada) and US militias in this war. Worth a read...?


  1. Oddly enough, over here where both sides still claim victory and blame the other side for causing it, the various volunteer/militia/fencible units get rather more credit.

    Looks like an interesting book!

    1. Hello Ross. I can never quite make out how the Americans think they won.
      Don't delay, but the book!!

  2. The figures and blockhouse are great. Are they plastic 20mm ? What rules will you use with them?

    1. Yes, figures are a mix of 20mm plastics - Revell and others. The Blockhouse is a Foreground laser cut model. I'm not sure if it's still available. Rules are 'One Hour Wargames'.

  3. Stephen, does that book have anything on the Canadian militia in the 1860s by any chance? Cheers, Mike

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