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The Greatest Hits of The Colonial Chronicle: The Rev-War Collection,
edited by Philip D. Weaver
The Colonial Chronicle(ISSN 1528-8641) was an ambitious independent newsletter predominately about the American War for Independence as a living history experience. After a period of experimentation, The Chronicle found its voice as an information vehicle intended to educate and entertain its readers. This information was also presented with a twinkle in the eye and a touch of good humor. To honor this unique publication, its editors have published this exciting collection, which has been imaginatively entitled The Greatest Hits of The Colonial Chronicle, for your edification and enjoyment.
Appealing mostly to current living historians, this book will also be of great interest to the average history buff. Sections include musket alterations, safety, authenticity, interpretation, tailoring period clothing, and headgear. This collection also includes a number of period accounts including the taking of Fort Montgomery and the siege of Fort Schuyler. Also included is a detailed description of an execution by a Continental Army firing squad. There are a number of featured articles included, as well as a bibliography, and a new glossary.
All the original text remains from the newsletter, except for some very minor editing to correct any overlooked errors or seriously outdated information. Nearly all of the graphics have been significantly improved. The new glossary includes many of the terms used thru ought this collection that were known during the American Revolution or used by today’s living historians. This should help clear up any unfamiliar jargon, or it could, very well, confuse the reader even further.
Contributors to this collection include many well known living historians. Among them are Todd W. Braisted, Jay Callaham, Steve Gilbert, Don N. Hagist, John A. Muller, Roy and Debra Najecki, Todd Post, Faith Rice, Peter R.W. Schaaphok, Mark Tully, Gavin K. Watt, Philip D. Weaver, and William M. Wigham.
The collection is profusely illustrated by the late George C. Woodbridge, Alan Archambault, and America’s first great book illustrator, Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822–1888).
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Shill's Books(The following text will be updated soon)
We specialize in books about the Northern campaigns of the American War of Independence (Canada, Lake Champlain, New-York, New-Jersey, and Philadelphia). Other subject areas include the British army, material culture, living history, and a new one on the French & Indian War. Our list of titles continues to include many titles by current and former living historians, including Norman Desmarias, Don N. Hagist, Eric Goldstien, Arthur Lefkowitz, M. Richard Tully, Gavin Watt, and Philip D. Weaver.
The lagging economy has been rough for book sellers thru ought the United States. We are no different. For now, we are continuing to do what we can to sell off our inventory and keep overall costs down. Though we are pleased to offer a new paperback edition of William Bligh's own account of Mutiny on the Bounty. Who would not want to read that!? We also picked up a few copies of an inexpensive edition of Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard. A great read for young and old.
In addition, we still have a couple of copies left of our short-term titles such as Barnet Schlecter's The Battle for New York and Richard Holmes' Redcoat. We are also have a good stock of Richard Ketchum's Divided Loyalties, one of our best sellers, at a new lower price. We still have a few of copies of Don Troiani's updated Rev-War button book in clolor, Insignia of Independence, that are still available, at a slight discount.
We have expanded our inventory of titles on the Seven Years War in North America, with paperback editions of Tom Todish's America's First World War and The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers, plus R.R. Gale's A Soldier Like Way. We are also very excited to carry Jim Mullin's All Sorts of Provincials. Some newly published titles also grace our shelves, including Arthur Lefkowitz's Benedict Arnold's Army, illustrated by the late George C. Woodbridge, and a recently published un-annotated edition of Joseph Plumb Martin's famous narrative of his service during the American Revolution.
In our Living History section, we proudly announce the availability of The Packet V. This fifth and final book of the groundbreaking series was recently published by Ballindalloch Press in late Fall of 2010, and largely unknown by readers of the previous editions. Interest in this wonderful series is, at least, slowing. As a result, the entire Packet series will no longer be available once the publisher's current inventory is exhausted. Our supply is very limited, so, if you want to check them out for the first time or fill out your collection, you better do it sooner rather than later.
Finally, at long last, we are able announce Shill's Books new collection of guide books on the battles and sites of the American Revolution. Most of the books are from the Guide to the American Revolutionary War Series, by Norman Desmarias. This is an area of growing interest to living history aficionados as well as the general public. After all, who does not like to learn of the history around them? So, we see the number of available titles increasing.
Updates to this site have been few and far between the last few years, so we have a long way to go getting them updated. Please check back frequently while we try to reconcile the inventory.
Osprey Books are an ideal reference resource for living historians, military history enthusiasts, model makers and wargamers. Because they cross over so many periods and subjects, the Osprey books we are now carrying, have been broken out to their own page. Brendan Morrissey’s Quebec 1775, was our top seller in 2004. It stands on its own merits, but also makes a great companion book to the author’s previous Boston 1775 and Saratoga 1777, which we are now offering, as well as Monmouth Courthouse 1778. Other books in the Campaign series we carry include New York 1776 and Philadelphia 1777.
We are hoping that René Chartrand's American Loyalist Troops 1775-84, the latest in Osprey's long-running Man-at-Arms series, will be as great a success.
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Strong Ground: Mount Independence and the American Revolution,
from the Mount Independence Coalition Located on high ground across Lake Champlain from Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Independence played an important role in the northern defense of 1776 and the subsequent campaign of 1777. This 112-page, full-color, richly illustrated history of Mount Independence is now available. Loaded with contemporary maps and paintings, modern photographs and maps, and original illustrations by noted artist Gary Zaboly, the book breathes history. Informative sidebars complement the dramatic narrative story of Mount Independence and its unique place among American Revolutionary War sites.
Heavily Illustrated. Maps. Photos.
112 pages. Softcover. $25.00
1st Class Shipping in the United States. $30.00
George Washington and the Mohawk Frontier,
by Norman J. Bollen New York State was a key battleground in the War for American Independence with nearly a third of all battles being fought there. The Mohawk Valley, often described as the “Bloody Mohawk,” suffered through multiple coordinated strikes by an enemy determined to split the Colonies. This book deals with a little known and little understood chapter of American history. Communications between the Commander-in-Chief and Philip Schuyler, George Clinton, James Clinton, John Sullivan, General William Stirling, Goose Van Schaick, Marinus Willett, George Reid, and Benjamin Tupper relating to the defense of the Mohawk frontier are all covered in the research. The book follows Washington's trip into the Mohawk Frontier and his August 2, 1783 visit to Fort Rensselaer - Just three years after the fort successfully repelled an enemy attack.
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A Compendium of The Packet:
Being a Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution,
by Mark R. Tully
The Packet series has been replaced by this all-in-one edition featuring the complete text of ALL FIVE books in the original Packet series, plus 34 pages of additional material that had been destined for The Packet VI, which was never published.
More than just another "sketchbook," A Compendium of the Packet contains completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information for both the living historian and 18th-century scholars alike. Articles include: Military Rations, Camp Kettles, Camp Cooking, Tent Pins, Penny Knives, Shot Pouches & Bullet Bags, Anatomy of a Musket, Hand Barrows, Camp Furniture, iming/target practice, Camp Tools, Crime & Punishment, Eating Utensils, Health & Hygiene, Knit Caps, Soap, Laying out the Military Camp, Military Shoes, Bayonet Belts, Mittens, Canvas knapsacks, Fire Buckets, Military Markings, Forage Caps, Markets, Field Defenses, Military Dress, Liquor Recruiting, Musket Accuracy, Cartridges, Whistles, Camp Diversions and Games, Music, Ready Money, Quill Pens, Waistcoats, Laundry, Handkerchiefs, Sticks and Canes Floor Cloths, Pothooks, Gallipots, Life Expectancy, Post Roads, Folding a Letter, Colonial-era Signboards, Keeping it Corked, The Royal Arms, Shooting Flying, Bird Calls, "Approaching", A Canoe Paddle, The Kitchen Garden, Leggings, Covered Buttons, Watchman's Rattles, Fire Starting, Lanterns, Indentured Servants, A Grand Tour Tattoos,Colonial Firefighting Old Raree Show, Canine Companions, Tea, Snowshoes, Chocolate, Snuff, Mugs, Jugs Pots and Cans, Parlor Games and more.
Washington’s War, 1779,
by Benjamin Lee Huggins While attacking the British and their allies at Stony Point, Paulus Hook, and upstate New York, George Washington prepared a bold plan to end the war in New York City.
Despite great limits of money and manpower, George Washington sought to wage an aggressive war in 1779. He launched the Sullivan–Clinton campaign against Britain’s Iroquois allies in upstate New York, and in response to British attacks up the Hudson River and against coastal Connecticut, he authorized raids on British outposts at Stony Point and Paulus Hook. But given power by Congress to plan and execute operations with the French on a continental scale, Washington planned his boldest campaign. When it appeared that the French would bring a fleet and an army to America, and supported by intelligence from his famed “Culper” spy network, the American commander proposed a joint Franco-American attack on the bastion of British power in North America—New York City—to capture its garrison. Such a blow, he hoped, would end the war in 1779.
Based on extensive primary source material, Washington’s War 1779, by historian Benjamin Lee Huggins, describes Washington’s highly detailed plans and extensive preparations for his potentially decisive FrancoAmerican campaign to defeat the British at New York in the fall of 1779. With an emphasis on Washington's generalship in that year—from strategic and operational planning to logistics to diplomacy—and how it had evolved since the early years of the war, the book also details the other offensive operations in 1779, including the attacks in upstate New York, Stony Point, and Paulus Hook. Although the American and French defeat at Savannah, Georgia, prevented Washington from carrying out his New York offensive, Washington gained valuable experience in planning for joint operations that would help him win at Yorktown two years later.
224 pages. Hardcover. $30.00
Shipped in New York State. $33.00
The Revolutionary Soldier: 1775-1783,
by C. Kieth Wilbur This is a rebranded version of The Picture Book of the Continental Soldier, published by Stackpole Books in hardcover many years ago. This timeless classic includes 85 full-page plates of hand-lettered text and meticulously detailed drawings that bring to life the day-to-day pleasures and privations of the Revolutionary soldier. The text and illustrations combine to present a vivid picture of the Continental soldier as a living man - from the clothes he wore, gear he carried, and personal items he used to the food he cooked, weapons he bore, medical supplies he relied on, and religious beliefs in which he found solace. The book presents an engaging profile of the soldier who lived, worked, fought, and won a nation's freedom more than two centuries ago. Its full index guides the reader to where the illustrated relics may be found. A bibliography completes this all-inclusive reference and reading treasure.
85 pages. Softcover. Bibliography. Indexed. Heavily Illustrated. $17.00
1st Class Shipping in the United States. $22.00
Clash Of Empires: The British, French, And Indian War, 1754-1763,
by R. Scott Stephenson The conflict that Winston Churchill called the First World War profoundly shaped the history of North America.
Scott Stephenson, who has living history origins himself, spent more than a decade locating art, objects, and manuscripts that tell the story of this colorful and dramatic clash of empires. Filled with illustrations and sidebars, this volume accompanies a major traveling exhibit currently in Pittsburgh. Though about the F&I War, Rev-war types will find the object file photos of the Rev-War period Indian Department regimental coat worth the price of the book.
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Heavily Illustrated. Maps.
128 pages. Softcover. $15.00
1st Class Shipping in the United States. $20.00
Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders,
by Christian M. McBurney
The tactic of kidnapping enemy leaders, used in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dates to the American Revolution. George Washington called such efforts "honorable" and supported attempts to kidnap the British commander-in-chief (twice), Benedict Arnold (after he turned traitor) and a future king of Great Britain. Washington in turn was targeted at his Morristown winter headquarters by British dragoons who crossed the frozen Hudson River. New Jersey Governor William Livingston went to considerable lengths to avoid being abducted by the Loyalist raider James Moody.
Sometimes these operations succeeded, as with the spectacular captures of Maj.Gen. Charles Lee, Maj.Gen. Richard Prescott and North Carolina Governor Thomas Burke. The abducted, such as Declaration of Independence signatory Richard Stockton and Delaware's Governor John McKinly, faced risks to their reputations. The kidnapper risked all--if caught, he could be hanged. This book covers attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783.
232 pages. Illustrated. Softcover.
List price $35.00. $28.00
Shipped in New York State. $30.00
Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield,
Edited by Mark Edward Lender & Joseph Kirby Martin Unpublished and all but unknown when the first edition—skillfully edited by historians Mark Edward Lender and Joseph Kirby Martin—appeared, Bloomfield’s wartime journal was praised for providing both scholars and general readers with new information on the Continental soldier; the revolution’s impact on society; warfare in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and the motives and actions of the revolutionary generation. Soldiers and civilians, Patriots and Tories, come alive in this fascinating eyewitness narrative. This brand new long-awaited softcover edition of Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield (the first in thirty-five years) includes a new snappy cover page, plus a new introduction and bibliographic essay by the editors.
If you want to get an understanding of what it was like to command a company of Continetnal Army soldiers, this is the book to read.
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Catalog of Issues
A complete listing, by issue, of every feature published in The Colonial Chronicle
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The use of the United States flag (of any time period) for advertising purposes is technically a violation of the U.S. Flag Code. However, we can legitimately get away with this design because the image is really not a U.S. flag at all. There are actually no white stripes - just empty space between the red ones and there is a verticle space bewteen the canton and the uppper red stripes. Also, the circle of stars in the navy blue canton is yellow and not white, like the original flag.
This new logo will appear on signage, promotional items and business cards. Wide use on this website is unlikely until the overall design of the site (which we are happy with) changes significantly.
Our design division went a little crazy and also created a new alternate logo that we are actually quite excited about. It incorprates the text and the constellation of stars from the "flag logo." Yes, the stars used here, forming an elongated vestigial "C," are the ten left-most stars in the blue canton. We considered having it in color, but found it more striking as a single color. We currrently have it in black or a pale grey-white.
Unbeknownst to us, we recently learned after completing our design, numerous media, commercial, political, and historical organizations have used similar circle with linear text in their logos for over a decade. Some use stars, while others use rings, discs, gears, etc. for the circle. We will not name these organizations here, but rest assured we came up with our logo strictly as described above.
Plans are to use this new logo in places where the linear design will work better than the squarish "flag logo." We will possibly use it on a newly designed letterhead, here on this website, or maybe on a modern banner or promotional ballpoint pens. Keep an eye out for it.
"The Historians" Podcast
Renown upstate New York radio personality Bob Cudmore interviews our proprietor at the Annual Conference on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley
The Journal of the American Revolution Podcast, known as "Dispatches," features weekly interviews highlighting the latest in scholarship, news, and opinions regarding the American Revolutionary Era. Please listen as our proprietor discusses his most recent JAR article.
Ken Kraetzer (Sons of the American Legion Radio and Rallypoint.com) interviews our proprietor at the annual commemoration of the Battle of White Plains that took place at the Jacob Purdy House, 60 Park Ave, White Plains, NY, on October 27, 2018.
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"I checked out Continental Consulting's new home page the other day. It would have been a nice picture of the cannon if you had centered it and gotten rid of the untidy object leaning on it. Other than that, it looks like you're off to a good start. I will look forward to the page's evolution."
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"It is sad that too many times we wait until someone has departed this life before we honor them.
The good thing is, Phil Weaver is still with us and I for one want to say how grateful I am for this man. For decades he has worked hard researching, writing, teaching and keeping history alive. I am honored to count him as a friend. There is no other person who I owe as much to as Phil Weaver for teaching me as much as he has about properly recreating the life of the Revolutionary War soldier. Not only I, but the entire 4th NY Regiment as well as many others owe Phil a tremendous debt of gratitude.
Phil you have done well, but do not Rest in Peace yet. I know you won't, because you have so much to offer the reenacting world.
I encourage other reenacting units to contact Phil for advice or to have him come give one of his engaging lectures to your group."
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"I reviewed your web page, and being a web designer and computer consultant I can say that you did a very nice job on the page itself. Speaking as a member of the BAR, and other Living History groups, I have to say that the content of these pages is very lacking. It seems like it is a page to sell items or to hype up the resume of Mr. Weaver. His Biography makes him out to sound very arrogant and is a useless addition to this sort of site."
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Sporting a green subaltern's cockade purchased from Phil's Perpetual Blanket Sale,
Ken Miller (above) is again having fun with the Proprietor of Continental Consulting
at the 225th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse, June, 2003.
"After recently visiting Fort William Henry and Fort Ticonderoga, I stared briefly at your picture trying to figure out what Fort you're standing in. Suddenly it hit me, when I saw the white 'castle' in the background, that you must be standing in Fort Putnam at West Point. Geez, I should know because I only live a couple of miles down the street in Fort Montgomery, plus I use to work the Army Football games as a kid, so the view is very familiar. Nice Page!"
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We Highly Recommend This Conference!
Conference Registration: includes cocktail reception, lunch and refreshment breaks: $250, if paid by 2/1/20; after 2/1/20 registration is $280.
Friday Bus Tour: includes lunch, refreshment breaks, map package $120
Exclusive Offer: Discounted tickets to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area will be available to all attendees to use before or after the conference.
Conference Hotel: We have booked a block of rooms at the Colonial Williamsburg's Woodlands Hotel next to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor's Center at a rate of $92.00 per night (double or single occupancy) or suite $112. This hotel provides a hot and cold breakfast buffet each day. You may reserve a room by calling 800-261-9530 and identifying yourself as an America's History conference attendee.
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Saratoga: The Surrender that Changed the World
As the morning of October 17, 1777 wore on at Saratoga, a British army over 6,000 strong made preparations to surrender arms and ordnance to the Northern Army forces of the United States of America. Never before in history had a British army surrendered – anytime, anywhere. British Lt.Gen. John Burgoyne rode to meet his conqueror, Maj.Gen. Horatio Gates, and the two generals and their staffs retired to a nearby hilltop to mark the occasion.
(This momementous event was memorialized in John Trumbull's 1821 masterpiece, Surrender of General Burgoyne,
which hangs in the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C.)
Join Them and be a Part of this Great American Victory!
Today, this historic hillside is nothing more than a weed-choked landscape. Through a cooperative partnership endeavor, a new memorial park is planned on the exact spot where the two generals and their staff dined together, reviewed the vanquished British forces, and where Burgoyne tendered his sword to Gates.
The Friends of Saratoga Battlefield, a non-profit 501C-3 educational organization, is taking on the largest endeavor in their 25-year history – the preservation and development of the Saratoga Surrender Site. The establishment of the new memorial park is long overdue and will be a testament to those past Americans who achieved this remarkable feat.
We hope you will join them in preserving this iconic piece of America's history.