The British Battles website has accounts, maps and orders of battle for dozens of famous battles involving the British army. Included are Battles from King George’s War, the Jacobite Rebellion, The French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Peninuslar War, and other Napoleonic Era battles. It’s an incredible resource for the miniature wargamer.
When I first started playing Napoleonics, I was lost. There were so many characters and places and battles and politics and subterfuges. I enjoyed moving the lead around, but it was years before I felt I understood the greater background. If you want to break in a newbie, point him to this site.
The American War of Independence was one of my first miniature wargames projects. I still haven’t finished. There’s always another unit to paint and another battle to create terrain for. At the library of Congress website, there is a section of maps and charts of North America and the West Indies 1750 – 1789 that miniature wargamers will find useful.
This Yahoo group has free wargames rules for recreating battles of the Indian Wars in the Old Northwest: the French and Indian War through the Blackhawk War.
Bob Bergman has written “One If By Land”, a set of free wargames rules for the American War of Independence on a 1:10 scale. The rules use a card activation system, movement is randomized with a die to reflect the uneven nature of terrain, and fire and melee combat are resolved by rolling a d10 and consulting a table. A nice touch is that the figures are based according to the popular “Age of Reason” rules set. I have a large collection of 15mm American Revolution figures and I’m going to give these a try.