Need a gift for that history lover in your life? Why not treat him or her to this fantastic mug featuring that hateful scamp, King Henry VIII!! But wait, there’s more! Also on this -must-have mug are the images of the English playa’s wives! Pour in a hot liquid and watch those wives disappear, leaving behind their outline and how their queen status was revoked!
Private, 23rd Regiment of Foot, 1777
Reblogging because this is of the 23rd. But does not look remotely like my 23rd. But both are Regiments of Foot? Ah, a simple camp follower such as myself could never hope to understand the mysterious numbering system of His Majesty’s Army.
Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.
Neat Special Collections find of the day:
A journal kept by Lieut Woollcombe from his leaving England, the 17th of May 1812 to June 19th, 1813.
The vellum-bound journal of a British officer written during the Peninsular War. Complete with sketches of riparian scenes and fairly illegible 19th century scrawl.
The British soldier’s reputation for chivalry was stained again and again by acts of brutal passion and by the malignant butchery of an unprotected foe… The Tory marauder, the Indian ally and the Hessian hireling led the way in these deeds of blood-thirstiness, but the Highlander, the British dragoon and the British foot followed rapidly in the path of plunder, of rapine, and of murder.
William Stryker, 1894. A prime example of US historiography building up the mythology of the “bloody redcoat” - of which Ban was a key figure. (via bantarleton
"A little British soldier, sittin’ in a tree. K-I-L-L-I-N-G."
Some of the pics from the Lugoff event this weekend. Had a fantastic time.
This is hilarious! I was one of the captured Russian soldiers at this event! Don’t bother looking for me though, these pictures were taken in such a way that I’m not visible (But I was captured both times!).
A truly terrific picture of a miner panning for gold. Ca. 1910s.