Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Siege of Fort Niagra

I've been thinking over what activities I would like to go through in 2009.

A few posts back I mentioned my re-kindled interest in the French and Indian War, and specifically the siege of Fort Niagra. This has led me to read BL Dunnigans account of the siege and the repulse of the French relief force at la Belle Famille. It seems to me that the forces involved on both sides were really quite modest. The French Garrison at Fort Niagra was 486 men at most. The British Army beseiging the fort was about 2300 strong.

The French Army of the Ohio that rushed headlong to it's unhappy fate at la Belle Famille consisted 800 European and 500 "Indian" troops, whilst that of the British detatchment that defeated them was less than 500 strong.

Surely then it would not be impossible to examine some orders of battle that would let this campaign be played out at 1:10 or even a 1:5 troop ratio? La Belle Famille especially would be perfectly feasable at the latter ratio.

To that end I hope that 2009 will see me play out a convention game marking the 250th anniversary of la Belle Famille, as well as privately gaming the Siege of Fort Niagra. I intend to undertake the entire campaign with RSM miniatures.

In my next post I will share the Order of Battle information I have assembled so far.

5 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

I will look forward with pleasure to seeing photos of these troops . . . and, of course, of the games.


-- Jeff

Bloggerator said...

G'day Jeff,

I hope not to disappoint.

At the moment I am getting organised. I have most of the French and Indians as well as the Canadian militia, but almost no British.

The fortifications are non-existent, and I'm sure I have nowhere near the required number of trees!

Still we'll march on and see what develops.

Regards,

Greg

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hello there Greg,

I too am excited by the prospect of seeing your units take shape (with all those lovely RSM figures). It sounds like a very interesting project. Will you be using your fortress sections from a couple of years back, or will you build something "new world specific"?

Best Regards,

Stokes

Bloggerator said...

Hi Stokes,

I'd like very much to build Fort Niagra, and really, it's not all that hard.

When might I see a "Festung Stollen" from you, eh?

Regards,

Greg

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Greg,

Ah, that's something I have in mind what with all of these styrofoam pieces I saved last spring from bookcase packaging. Maybe in the new year? We'll see.

Best Regards,

Stokes