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elarges
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Joined: 24 Oct 2010
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Real Name: Eric Larges

PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:49 pm    Post subject: Veteran needing some help with persona Reply with quote

Hi all
I've been into this since I was crawling around in diapers, sometime around 1973 or so. I've always been pretty middle-of-the-road as far as nailing down a specific persona. I've done voyageur, Scot, and am now pretty into the longhunter realm.
Here's the issue, and I'm not sure if I can tie it all together: I am interested in portraying a post-F&I War Frenchman, with a military background, that is now hunting for a living, and trading with indians when need be (kind of an anti-native joke in the crew that I run with). How do I tie together a "retired" French marine and a hunter (knowing that "longhunters" came onto the scene later.
I usually carry a nice little .45 cal poorboy-style rifle with iron hardware, no buttplate, etc. My wonderful wife bought a nice Charleville for me for my wedding gift.
As far as clothing, it's a mix of hunter and native: the typical walnut-dyed hunting shirt with leggings and a breechclout with eastern woodland moccs. I also have a British jacket from the 35th regiment of foote that would have belonged to one of Munro's men when he was defeated at Ft. William Henry. Kind of a battlefield prize, I suppose. That one is usually reserved for keeping warm around a campfire with a little libation, I guess.
Anyway...I know that there are a LOT more people that do a LOT more homework than I do, so if anyone can throw me a bone, that would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks a ton, guys...
Eric
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Loyalist Dave
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Joined: 21 Aug 2008
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Real Name: David Woolsey

PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK well first, a "longhunter" was a dude who pretty much went through the Cumberland gap into Can-tuk-kee, for about a year, to hunt for his-self, from about 1760 - 1770. Now, many folks like me used to confuse "longhunter" with the profession "hunter".

OK so you were a French marine, and now you are a hunter..., and George Morgan employed hunters at his store in Kaskaskia, in the Illinois country, which WAS part of New France, until the end of the F&I, but is now in the hands of the British..., voila mon ami, you have a persona to take or leave as you wish. :^)

NOW as for the British regimental coat..., don't be wearing that around any British garrison, my friend, for that will get you thrown in irons! That coat is the property of His Royal Britannic Majesty! Best to keep that under wraps when any of King George's boys are about. AND the Odawa, sometimes called the Ottawa, don't like red coats much either! They may shoot first, and speak French at you later!!

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Fitzhugh Williams
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Real Name: Fitzhugh Williams

PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the end of the F&I, milice went back to their farms and most military went back to France. The Compagnies franches de la Marine (who were not "Marines" but under the Ministry of the Navy) were native Frenchmen recruited for duty in New France and most were anxious to return to France once they were no longer in the service.
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Location: Mohawk Valley, NY
Real Name: Mario Doreste

PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitzhugh Williams wrote:
After the end of the F&I, milice went back to their farms and most military went back to France. The Compagnies franches de la Marine (who were not "Marines" but under the Ministry of the Navy) were native Frenchmen recruited for duty in New France and most were anxious to return to France once they were no longer in the service.


And none of them carried .45cal Poorboy rifles or 1763/66 Charlevilles, nor likely wore walnut dyed shirts.

Doesn't one of Mark Baker's articles focus on BW&M's contact with French folks in the Illinois country?

Mario

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