Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:31
R.I.P. Scott

Deering NH

Scott A. Boissoneau 49, of 45 Hartfarm Road, died February 23, 2012, at the Concord Hospice House after a lengthy illness.

Born in Bonton, New Jersey, he was the son of Raymond R. Boissoneau of Bedford, and the late Doris A. Santee of Merrimack.

Mr Boissoneau served in the United States Army. Prior to his illness Mr Boissoneau worked at Electropac Co., Inc. and was the manager of RAE Motorsports race team in Concord, NH. Mr Boissoneau and his son Russell were proud members of the Harmon Snowshoe Soldier Unit doing Revolutionary war Re-enactments throughout the Northeast. With his son Reece he enjoyed rock climbing in addition his other hobbies were riding his Harley, hunting, boating, flying airplanes, racing cars and was a history enthusiast. He was a member of Granite State Mini Sprints, Skip Barber Racing and was a certified scuba diver.

His family included, his wife and best friend of 31 years Christine Boissoneau and two sons, Russell and Reece Boissoneau all of Deering. He is survived by two brothers and their wives; Steven and Elena Boissoneau of Manchester, Troy and Annie Boissoneau of Bedford, two sisters and their husbands; Michelle DuPont, husband Robert of Hooksett and Wendy Decato, husband Mark of Merrimack and three sister in-laws Monique Lefebvre of Manchester, Jeanne LeBlanc of Manchester and Celeste Lefebvre of Manchester and many nieces and nephews he loved very much.

Calling hours will be held Sunday February 26, 2012 from 6-9 pm in he Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service Hillsboro, NH.

Services will be Monday February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am in St. Theresa Church at 158 Old West Hopkinton Road Henniker, NH.

Burial will be in spring in Wilkins Cemetery Deering NH.

Donations may be made in his name to the C.R.V.N.A. Hospice House 30 Pillsbury St. Concord NH 03301.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 14:07
Rustic Warriors: Warfare and the Provincial Soldier on the New England Frontier, 1689-1748

Founding Member's Book Published !

The early French Wars (1689-1748) in North America saw provincial soldiers, or British white settlers, in Massachusetts and New Hampshire fight against New France and her Native American allies with minimal involvement from England. Most British officers and government officials viewed the colonial soldiers as ill-disciplined, unprofessional, and incompetent: General John Forbes called them “a gathering from the scum of the worst people.”

Taking issue with historians who have criticized provincial soldiers’ battlefield style, strategy, and conduct, Steven Eames demonstrates that what developed in early New England was in fact a unique way of war that selectively blended elements of European military strategy, frontier fighting, and native American warfare. This new form of warfare responded to and influenced the particular challenges, terrain, and demography of early New England. Drawing upon a wealth of primary materials on King William’s War, Queen Anne’s War, Dummer’s War, and King George’s War, Eames offers a bottom-up view of how war was conducted and how war was experienced in this particular period and place. Throughout Rustic Warriors, he uses early New England culture as a staging ground from which to better understand the ways in which New Englanders waged war, as well as to provide a fuller picture of the differences between provincial, French, and Native American approaches to war.

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 00:25
Wonderful new book on Massachusetts Soldiers in King Philip's War

Just out this year is a wonderful new book on the men who fought in KPW. Just started reading it, but it is an important study on the men and the politics of the time.

A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen during King Philip's War

by Kyle Zelner

From Amazon "While it lasted only sixteen months, King Philip's War (1675-1676) was arguably one of the most significant of the colonial wars that wracked early America. As the first major military crisis to directly strike one of the Empire's most important possessions: the Massachusetts Bay Colony, King Philip's War marked the first time that Massachusetts had to mobilize mass numbers of ordinary, local men to fight. In this exhaustive social history and community study of Essex County, Massachusetts's militia, Kyle F. Zelner boldly challenges traditional interpretations of who was called to serve during this period.

Drawing on muster and pay lists as well as countless historical records, Zelner demonstrates that Essex County's more upstanding citizens were often spared from impressments, while the “rabble” — criminals, drunkards, the poor— were forced to join active fighting units, with town militia committees selecting soldiers who would be least missed should they die in action. Enhanced by illustrations and maps, A Rabble in Arms shows that, despite heroic illusions of a universal military obligation, town fathers, to damaging effects, often placed local and personal interests above colonial military concerns."

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 00:17
Founding Member Appears on History Detectives

We are all very proud of our founding member Dr. Steven Eames, who recently appeared on an exciting episode of the History Detectives. He provided background on the New Englander's siege and capture of Fortress Louisbourg in 1745.

Watch the episode here :

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 15:10
Remaining Events for 2011 Season

The summer is quickly passing, but there is plenty of reenacting left to take part in this year. You can find us at these locations. After Fort #4, we will be preparing our snowshoes for the winter. Many participate in primitive scouts on foot, and in canoes.

This is where we can hone our 18th C woodland skills, and practice what the original snowshoemen did…patrolling the New England wilderness.

Please come and meet us. !

July 30-31 – Fort William Henry, Pemaquid, ME – 17th Century

Aug 6- 7 - August 21-22 - Hillsborough, NH – F&I

Sept. 18 – Wentworth House in Rollinsford, NH – -17th Century 1-4 PM

Oct 1-2 – Fort 4 – Rev War event

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 14:15
Scan of order creating snowshoe companies, Part II
Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 14:14
Part 1 Snowshoe Order
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 22:24
sample image

Here is a link to one of our favorite blogs. Thanks to Ralph Mitchard who runs this.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 17:55

Here is a neat image that was done a few years ago at Battleroad. This event portrays April 19, 1775.

More battlefield images cane be found here"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 13:23

French & Indian War Workshop January 22, 2011

The first workshop, focusing on the French & Indian War era, is Saturday,
January 22, 2011, and runs from 10:00 to 3:00. The workshop features experts
focusing on the material culture of the mid-18th century and the French & Indian
Henry Cooke, one of North America’s premier authorities on 18th-century
clothing, begins the workshop with a presentation on military and civilian
clothing of the French & Indian War period.
Chris Fox, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections, follows with a
discussion of 18th-century ceramics and tableware. Fox’s presentation
is based in part on his work on Fort Ticonderoga’s newest exhibition
Pottery, Pork, and Pigeons, which opened during the 2010 season.
Michael Galban and Ian Stout talk about 18th-century Native American
material culture. Galban works at Ganondagan State Historic Site and Ian Stout
has worked at Old Fort Niagara, both in western New York.
The day concludes with an opportunity for workshop participants
to examine up-close examples of mid-18th-century artifacts with the panel of experts.


How to Register

The cost for the day-long workshops is $35 each and includes morning
refreshments and lunch. For those also registering to attend both workshops,
there is a $10 discount on the combined registration fee. To register, contact
Rich Strum at 518-585-6370 or you can download a registration form at ... s_2011.pdf