A British force under Colonel Robert Moore has been sent to disrupt a Rebel supply line along Lee's Turnpike. Elements of the 4th Foot, Hessian Musketeers, Queen's Rangers (both foot and horse) plus a light gun also handled by the Queen's Rangers sets off.
However, Colonel Michael Lee, area commander for the Americans has been forewarned and he assembles forces to prevent the British plan.
This was our excuse for a game of the new Sharp Practice rules by Too Fat Lardies - and we used the poker chips instead of cards for a change.
Lieutenant Samuel Baker's State Line boys are first on the scene and they hurry into the village
Here's a birds eye view of the busy turnpike laden with supply wagons and the village beyond.
The junction marked by some figures is the American Deployment Point which they must hold at all costs
Queen's Rangers Hussars lead the British advance
American morale is very high
Better than the British
American rifle armed skirmishers get into position behind some fencing
With the British Deployment Point evident at the end of the road, Hessian Foot deploy into the fields besides the Queen's Rangers Hussars
Indians skulk in the forest beyond the junction - but pose no threat to the Americans at this time
Here's Colonel Robert Moore with his dog "Bonzo"
Captain John Archer of the Continental Line leads his men up the road to secure the village
As Baker's State Line head for the high ground behind the village
Al Murray the village publican watches as the American Continentals march smartly by
The State Line are on the hill
So is nobody stopping to buy a beer then ?
The Continentals unleash a volley against the Hussars
Just a bit of shock was the result
The Hessians deploy into line and advance steadily
The light gun appears and the gunners prepare to set it up
as donkey borne supplies are moved into an adjacent field
The Rebel skirmishers take a shot at the approaching enemy
The violent response results in their leader, Harold Cobbler getting killed !
1-0 to the Queen's Rangers !
Two groups of them are advancing quickly on the British left, out gunning the American skirmish group
which retreats, having lost their leader
However, things look up for the Americans with the arrival of Captain William Cash and his three groups of Militia
Another disaster for the Americans - the Continentals commander, John Archer has been hit
and receives a final blessing from the local preacher
The Queen's Rangers advance with confidence
The riflemen get another leader to replace Cobbler and go to assist the Continentals
At last the Americans have something to cheer - the Queen's Rangers Hussar leader, Lt. Mark Noble is shot by the State Line on the hill, which gives Captain William Bond and the newly arrived 4th Foot something to think about.
The State Line boys fire again
The 4th Foot take cover behind a thick hedge line
Over confident, one group of Queen's Rangers rush forwards unsupported
Here we see that the 4th Foot have crossed the hedge and head for the church yard
mainly because the State Line have run out of ammo and have to retire back to the turnpike to get more !
Here we see Kapitan Martin Petershof and his Sergeant, Heinz Benz, pushing the Hessians forwards
The American militia open fire on them
A furious exchange of fire takes place - everything seems to depend upon this
Cash sends one of his group of Militia to attack the Hessians whilst the rest of the force fire at them
but the Hessians hold firm and repel the Militia with casualties
Casualties mount up on both sides
Colonel Moore moves forward to encourage the Hessians
Whilst Bond's 4th Line reach the church yard fence
I meant to show you this at the beginning - here's the new rule book !
The Continentals receive fire from a group of the 4th Foot and we can see the State Line making their way to receive more ammunition
Seeing the redcoats are unloaded, Lieutenant King of the Continentals charges his men forwards
beats the red coats
and kill all bar one of them
The Militia try to attack once more but fail
Now the second group of the 4th Foot attack the Continentals, pushing them back with casualties
But a second charge fails badly and the Americans defeat the 4th Foot again
So finally, the battle is won here as British morale has crumbled. The Hessians will have to retire covered by the Hussars which have managed to achieve nothing at all all day, just skulking at the back since their commander fell early on !
A tense battle which hung in the balance until the 4th Foot, which had split into two groups, managed to lose the day for Colonel Moore.
Colonel Lee's officers clapped him on the back for securing the turnpike for the revolution !
We are really enjoying the revamped Sharp Practice rules - much slicker now and somehow using the chips was more fun too !
Give them a go !