Amazing Find – Waterloo FlagAn English collector purchased a box with flag parts in an online auction for £500. He was astonished to find the flag dates from 1815 and belonged to the Coldstream Guards 15th Light Company. Gary Lawrence had ‘no idea’ the flag was so rare. It might be worth as much as £300,000. He is currently working with the conservation staff at the Victoria and Albert Museum to restore it.
International Napoleonic Society Announces its 2017 ConferenceThe Fifteenth International Napoleonic Congress – Napoleon and Germany – will take place in Trier, Germany 10-14 July 2017.
Trier is the oldest city in Germany, located on the Mosel River across from Luxembourg. It is noted for its beauty and especially for its outstanding Roman ruins, as it was once the capital of the prefecture of the Gauls, controlling much of the Western Roman empire. Special thanks is due to Dr. Bill Chew for his work in organizing the congress. Two of our days will be spent touring important sites in Trier, with Dr. Chew serving as our guide. Below is a description of the extra-curricular activities.
Papers are still being accepted. You can find information here.
For further information contact J. David Markham, INS President at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 342-8081.
The Largest Napoleonic Event ever to be held in North America
Don’t miss your chance to experience a large Napoleonic Re-enactment without having to travel to Europe !
On Saturday June 24th & Sunday June 25th 2017, Old Fort Erie (in southern Ontario near Niagara Falls) will host a recreation of what the Spanish Campaign attacks on Badajoz & Ciudad Rodrigo were like. Hundreds of Napoleonic Re-enactors in authentic uniforms will be camped around the 1812 era fortress, practicing their Drill and maneuvers, firing their weapons, practicing their sabre fencing, playing 19th C. games, perhaps dueling (if the Gendarmes aren’t about), cooking their meals, and recreating the life of the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillerymen of the early 1800’s. You are invited to stroll through the bivouac site to meet the soldiers, Cantinieres, and their Camp Followers. Ask them about their regiments, uniforms, weapons, and what their lives are like battling for The Emperor (or against the Ogre of Europe). Bring your cameras and take all the photos you want – we are all happy to pose for portraits.
Several times during the weekend, the British troops will mount a full scale attack, and attempt to break into the fort through a breech in the walls; while La Grande Armée, even though outnumbered 3:1 or more, will fight valiantly to hold their defensive stronghold. These skirmishes produce a lot of smoke, fire, and noise (they make great video opportunities) and will give you the real feel of 19th century combat.
For more information visit the Brigade Napoleon site.
M.S. Rau Antiques to Hold an Exhibition:
“Napoleon: General, Emperor, Legend”
in New Orleans
M.S. Rau Antiques will host a comprehensive exhibition Napoléon: General. Emperor. Legend. Legend. at their New Orleans’ gallery at 630 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA beginning November 5, 2016 to January 7, 2017. The show, which is open and free to the public, will feature the best of Napoléonic art and design and highlight an opulent display of the artistic styles championed by the Emperor during his reign in France.
Several NHS members will be getting together to view the exhibit. You are welcome to join the group. You can contact us by e-mail, if you would like more information.
HISTORY MADE AS FIRST EVER PLANE LANDS AT ST HELENA
History was made on St Helena at 13.50hrs GMT today, Tuesday 15 September 2015, as a Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft (three photos attached) arrived from Angola and touched down at St Helena’s new Airport, prior to conducting a series of calibration flights.
Stepping out of the aircraft, Captain Grant Brighton said:
“It feels fantastic and we’re privileged to have flown the first plane to land on St Helena and to be part of your wonderful project.
“The trip over was good. It was interesting landing here, a bit windy on the threshold but a terrific runway, surface, Airport and facility.”
Watching the landing – together with numerous residents at various vantage points – Councillor Lawson Henry commented:
“First of all this is quite emotional – we’ve waited so long for this moment and it has finally happened. This is history in the making and we’re a part of it.”
Basil Read Island Director Deon de Jager added:
“It’s brilliant – all the hard work has paid off. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved – we’ve actually done it.”
Airport Project Director Janet Lawrence said of the day:
“I honestly can’t describe today. Years of planning and thousands of man hours have gone into this moment and to actually see it happen is an immense feeling.
“There are so many people we should be thanking, including people who can’t be here with us today. It’s not over yet – there’s still a great deal more to be done – but this event clearly shows that we’re going in the right direction.”
Greeting the crew on the Airport Apron, Governor Mark Capes remarked:
“Today we witnessed an event that will feature prominently in the history of this Island. For the Airport project another important piece of the jigsaw has slotted firmly into place. There are a few more vital pieces to be added before the picture is complete, but we are nearly there and I warmly congratulate everyone who has played a part in this extraordinary project.
“When we launched this work almost four years ago, such were the many obstacles to overcome that there were those who doubted that it would succeed and yet, behold, a plane has landed at St Helena Airport.”
Notes to Editors
The aircraft crew comprised Captain Grant Brighton, Co-pilot and First Officer Dillan Van Niekerk, Chief Aircraft Engineer Jeffrey McKenzie – all of TAB Charters, SA – together with FCSL Chief Pilot, Stuart Rawlinson, and Chief Flight Inspector Nick Whitehouse, also of FCSL.
The calibration tests will now commence. Several flights each day – weather permitting – will be undertaken.
15 September 2015