Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WW1 Austro-Hungarian Dragoons and Hussars by Kallistra

A preview of the master figures for the WW1 Early War Austro-Hungarian Dragoons and Hussars, both mounted and dismounted - to be released shortly.

WW1 Austro-Hungarian Dragoons and Hussars by Kallistra


Save Oak Ridge at Gettysburg

Save Oak Ridge at Gettysburg

Over the years, you and I have done some tremendous work to preserve hallowed ground at America’s most famous battlefield, Gettysburg. In a number of key transactions we have reclaimed significant portions at the first day's battlefield of the Civil War's bloodiest battle. In 2011, we helped save the ground over which General Henry Heth’s Confederates made their initial assault against the Union Army’s Iron Brigade. Just last year, we protected 35 crucial acres associated with the fighting on Barlow’s Knoll. And, of course, we have preserved and restored the site of Lee’s Headquarters on Seminary Ridge, itself the site of heavy action on July 1, 1863.

Now, you and I have the opportunity to save yet another piece of the First Day’s battlefield, a two-acre parcel on Oak Ridge that saw intense combat on the afternoon of July 1.

On Oak Ridge, men from Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania let loose deadly fire into the faces of Colonel Alfred Iverson’s North Carolinians. The Yankees waited until the Rebels were within 50 yards before unleashing a furious volley at close range. “Unable to advance, unwilling to retreat,” the survivors of Iverson’s brigade hugged the ground for safety, waiting for a renewed Confederate assault to sweep the Federals from Oak Ridge.

With your help, we can save this important piece of the Gettysburg battlefield. We are not only adding to the more than 1,000 acres we have already saved at Gettysburg; we are preserving the memory of the brave Americans who fought here and ensuring that future generations will know their story. Help us save this key piece of American history.

The Civil War Trust

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

More 10mm ECW from Lancer Miniatures

Couple of new bits added to the 10mm ECW range. Rupert and Boy, mounted dragoons and command and a new dragoon kneeling firing to add a bit more variety to dragoon pack

Awaiting Pictures

Dragoon foot command 1 officer 1 drummer

Dragoon mounted command 3 figures

4x Mounted Dragoons

Rupert or any other commander you want him to be

Prince Rupert and Boy

Lancer Miniatures

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

The Sand Creek Battle, or Massacre, occurred on November 29-30, 1864, a confrontation between Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and Colorado volunteer soldiers.

The affair was a tragic event in American history, and what occurred there continues to be hotly contested. Indeed, labeling it a “battle” or a “massacre” will likely start an argument before any discussion on the merits even begins. Even questions about who owns the story, and how it should be told, are up for debate. Many questions arise whenever Sand Creek is discussed: were the Indians peaceful? Did they hold white prisoners? Were they under army protection? Were excessive numbers of women and children killed, and were bodies mutilated? Did the Indians fly an American flag? Did the chiefs die stoically in front of their tipis? Were white scalps found in the village? Three hearings were conducted, and there seems to be an overabundance of evidence from which to answer these and other questions. Unfortunately, the evidence only muddies the issues. Award-winning Indian Wars author Gregory Michno divides his study into three sections.

The first, “In Blood,” details the events of November 29 and 30, 1864, in what is surely the most comprehensive account published to date. The second section, “In Court,” focuses on the three investigations into the affair, illustrates some of the biases involved, and presents some of the contradictory testimony. The third and final section, “The End of History,” shows the utter impossibility of sorting fact from fiction. Using Sand Creek as well as contemporary examples, Michno examines the evidence of eyewitnesses all of whom were subject to false memories, implanted memories, leading questions, prejudice, self-interest, motivated reasoning, social, cultural, and political mores, an over-active amygdala, and a brain that had a “mind” of its own―obstacles that make factual accuracy an illusion. Living in a postmodern world of relativism suggests that all history is subject to the fancies and foibles of individual bias.

The example of Sand Creek illustrates why we may be witnessing “the end of history.” Studying Sand Creek exposes our prejudices because facts will not change our minds we invent them in our memories, we are poor eyewitnesses, we follow the leader, we are slaves to our preconceptions, and assuredly we never let truth get in the way of what we already think, feel, or even hope. We do not believe what we see; instead, we see what we believe. Michno’s extensive research includes primary and select secondary studies, including recollections, archival accounts, newspapers, diaries, and other original records. The Three Battles of Sand Creek will take its place as the definitive account of this previously misunderstood, and tragic, event.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Father's Day Sale from Osprey Publishing Ltd

Father's Day Sale from Osprey Publishing Ltd

It's our Father's Day Sale from Osprey Publishing Ltd

25% off General Military, General Aviation & Games until 18th June!

Browse the sale today.

Osprey Publishing Ltd

Monday, 12 June 2017

Slingshot 312

Slingshot 312

Slingshot 312 is with the printers and will be with you shortly


The Second Sui Invasion of Koguryo, by Nicholas Spratt
· Guardroom, by John Hastings
· The Battle of Amnias 89 BC, by Richard Andrews
· Reconstructing Hadrian’s Wall, by John Hastings
· Belosphendone, by Richard Tylor
· Philippi at the Society Conference, by Paul Innes et al
· Age of the Wolf, by Gordon Lawrence

The editor is always looking for more articles, photographs and art, so feel free to contact him if you have an idea you would like to pursue.


Civil War Generations: Defend Library Hill

I am excited to invite you to our Civil War Trust Generations Event: Defend Library Hill! It is taking place at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall Carnegie, PA on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. I hope you can join us.

If you have never attended a Generations event before, you’re in for an amazing experience. These events connect younger and older generations by exploring our country’s history, helping youngsters learn and truly understand essential aspects of the American experience. You can bring your son, daughter, niece, neighbor, or friend and help instill a lifelong passion for learning. This event is free to all who bring someone from another generation and you must register online to reserve your spot. Some lucky kids will even get to don the uniforms of their choice!

Now, you may be wondering why we are holding a Generation's event just outside of Pittsburgh. As you well know, the Civil War touched thousands of places and impacted countless lives across the United States, and the Pittsburgh-area is no different.

Pittsburgh was home to the Allegheny Arsenal and Fort Pitt Foundry, both of which supplied the Federal cause with cannon and munitions. The Allegheny Arsenal was the site of the worst civilian disaster of the Civil War, when, the arsenal laboratory exploded on September 17, 1862. Old Western Penitentiary housed some of the prisoners from John Hunt Morgan’s raid. In the postwar years, veterans gathered at Grand Army of the Republic Posts (G.A.R.) were scattered across the Pittsburgh area. Our Generation's event will be held at one of these old G.A.R. posts The Captain Thomas Espy Post, at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall, Carnegie, PA.

Come out and “enlist” in the army. Learn how to march like a Civil War soldier. Visit the doctor and, as always, our Cadet Conference format employs hands-on activities and stresses teamwork, leadership, ethics and responsibility lessons as the history of the American Civil War comes to life.

Come share your passion for history at this special event, sponsored by the Civil War Trust and the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall. The event is free but space is limited, so please register today.

The Civil War Trust