A Three Hour Cruise

By Daniel O’Connell Originally published in Smoke & Fire News. Call me Gilligan? I’ve often heard the expression “life imitating art” and perhaps our adventure was close to that well-remembered opening of Gilligan’s Island, except our Minnow came home safe. This last June three of our King’s 8th members signed up for our annual support […]

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An Overdue Obituary 1778

By Daniel B. O’Connell The reader may or may not be familiar with Governor Henry Hamilton’s ill fated Campaign against Vincennes (Detroit to Fort Sackville) but it set out from Detroit in late September of 1778 with the aim of securing Vincennes against George Rogers Clark’s intrusions into the Illinois country a perceived threat against […]

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New Meeting Location: Multi-Lakes Conservation Association

We have found a new home for our monthly meetings: NEW MEETING LOCATION~! From July 2nd onward the King’s 8th will be holding monthly meetings at the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association in Commerce Township, Michigan. Our first meeting will be at 11am July 2nd. A schedule for the year will be forthcoming soon. For an aerial […]

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Native Allies

By Daniel B. O’Connell Previously published Over the last ten years I’ve noticed at many events an increase in reenactors portraying Native Americans. Often one can see their camps tucked away with the Provincial troops or set off on their own location independent of the military camps. During the American rebellion the Natives played a […]

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The Canadian Cap Revised

By Daniel O’Connell Originally published in Smoke & Fire News. For the sake of allowing our gracious Editor to publish this article with as many images as possible I am endeavoring to be brief and to the point with my comments, observations, opinions and recommendations on the famous Canadian Cap. A Tale of Two Caps […]

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Secure Arms

Secure Arms (Mil.) a command a a position in the manual of arms, used in wet weather, the object being to guard the firearm from becoming wet. The piece is turned with the barrel to the front and grasped by the right hand at the lower band, the muzzle is dropped to the front, and […]

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Painting Your Knapsack

By: Daniel O’Connell Originally published in Smoke & Fire News, February 2009. This article is going to be brief if only to allow an image large enough to show what I’m talking about when you paint your knapsack. Or when you consider retro treating it. Pictured you see a British knapsack of late 18th century […]

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Folding Regimental Lace

By: Daniel B. O’Connell Here’s the 1, 2, 3 of folding regimental lace aka: buttonhole lace found on most Rev War British and some American coats. Step #1  Buy some lace. Our King’s 8th lace comes from Wyedean Weaving of England. To finish with a properly sized buttonhole lace that will fit the prescribed 3-inch […]

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Powder Horns

By Daniel B. O’Connell Previously published Animal horn is an incredible material, and in our 18th century period I admire the buttons, knife and fork handles, cups, whistles, combs, and other items made out of this beautiful animal byproduct. Of all the items that can be made out of horn the item that stands out […]

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Situations at an Upper Post – Detroit

By Daniel B. O’Connell Previously published A French community and society under the control of the British during the American Rebellion, Detroit receives little attention to its role during the conflict. Occupied by the British from 1760 to 1796 the British at this upper post had many of the same as well as unique concerns […]

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