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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Well, that was a surprise.

The Americans won!

Two brigades of American regulars, one of which was freshly raised and of dubious ability, supported by a mixed brigade of regulars and militia faced off against a British army based around two regular battalions supported by various militia units and Indians.

I got of expected it to be a Chrysler's Farm refight, but fate conspired against the British.

Well, that and their choice of tactics.

On the first turn the British center brigade composed of the 41st Foot, supported by Upper Canadian militia, charged the American militia brigade in the Yankee right flank.  The British commander rolled a triple move, which brought them crashing through an evading line of American riflemen and into contact with a militia battalion and a converged battalion of regulars.  The American militia, being freshly raised, rolled to see their reaction, their fire was panicked.  The regulars inflicted on hit on a Canadian militia unit, but the melee was on.  And on.  And on.  By the miracle of rolling box cars for their morale, the American militia held on to the hill.  Eventually, after about three turns, they broke, and the provisional battalion was forced to fall back, but the British were at Stamina and not going anywhere.  A charge at one point by a small unit of American Light Dragoons put the wind up the British players, but did not accomplish anything.  The two militia units flanking the 41st were broken by the Americans, and eventually the regular battalion had to retire, followed up by American lights.

As for the other flanks, the poor player commanding the British right never made a command roll.  His force of Indians and Canadian Voltiguers sulked in a wooded area for most of the game, and a detachment of Glengarry Light Infantry that was in the open simply got destroyed by American artillery fire.

Not that the Americans facing him accomplished much, again due to bad die rolls. The 22nd Infantry eventually advanced on the British, but the supporting 17th Infantry veered off to the left.  Which, consdiering they were freshly raised and wavering may have been for the best.  But it was their artillery section which doomed the Glengarrys.

The British left wing also played a minimal role in the battle.  Deployed way off to the left to counter an imaginary American move, the 8th Foot and its accompaning artillery section needed to make a huge shift to get into action.  Considering that the British were informed that these were their heavy hitters, I have no idea why they were deployed the way they were.  Eventually the center companies and Armstrong's guns got into action, with the flank companys lagging behind.  It was pretty obvious once they got into action how deadly they were, Armstrong blasted the 1st Infantry with cannister, forcing a break test.  The Americans survived but fell back, and the 13th Infantry ended up in a firefight with the center companies of the 8th Foot.  However, since the British right was not moving, American riflemen worked around the flank of the gun and US artillery provided counter battery fire.  With Armstrong disrupted, the center companies disrupted, the left brigade shattered and the right brigade soon shattered after the Voltigeurs finally moved, only to take the place of the Glengarry's and suffer the same fate, it was decreed an American victory.

Looking back on the battle, the Americans didn't do anything spectacularly right, but they didn't do anything to screw up.  The British on the other hand...  Their best brigade was deployed to far to the flank, with their only artillery.  If the artillery had been centered it could have taken the advancing Americans under fire and possibly broken a battalion or two before contact, as the US army was pretty freshly raised.  Likewise, the firepower of the 8th would have been awesome.  Additionally, the charge by the center brigade was questionable at best.  I understand the thinking that a quick bayonet charge would overwhelm the militia, but they could have used a softening up.

Once I get some pictures uploaded to my computer, I'll post!


  1. I resemble that remark...we followed our plan...

  2. The British deployment was a bit of a head-scratcher. I'd really like a rematch. Nice looking troops though and the game was fun to watch from the cover of the woods.

  3. I think we should have a rematch. I would tweak a couple of things, for example, the Canadian Voltigeurs and American rifles would go to stamina 2, but it should be refought with a different plan by the Brits.

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  5. I'm Game for sure...but the tweaks would just mean i will be pounding on said voltigeurs and rifles longer and harder

  6. Says the troops who hung back and watched somebody else do the heavy lifting....and this time I'm not coming out of the effing woods! Ever!

  7. We may need to acquire better scaled woods now that we are playing in 25mm on occasion.

    Those will be better to hide in!