A Black Powder game focussed on Lord Cornwallis' flank attack against Washington's forces lining the banks of the Brandywine.
This idea comes from an article in Wargames Illustrated, September 2013 by Joe Krone in the US, so apologies for stealing it, Joe !
Smallwood's 1st Maryland Brigade and De Borre's 2nd Maryland Brigade are "fixed" on the banks of the Brandywine, facing Knyphausen's forces on the other side of the river.
Belatedly, Washington has reacted to news that British troops are approaching his open right flank, so Woodford's 3rd Virginia Brigade, Scott's 4th Virginia Brigade, Maxwell's New Jersey Brigade & Conway's Pennsylvania Brigade have been withdrawn from the river line to come to assist Smallwood & De Borre.
Here, elements of Matthew's Guards Brigade namely, the 1st and 2nd Light Battalions are rushing to attack Smallwood before he can turn and face them.
Behind the Lights, Von Donop's Hessians are likewise dashing across in support
The Brandywine with Smallwood's and De Borre's Brigades facing across the water.
Behind them, approaching Birmingham hill are Maxwell and Conway's troops.
The British have brought up a powerful artillery force (2 x 6 pdrs and 2 x 12 pdrs) aimed either side of the Birmingham Meeting House.
Woodford has men along the fences here and in the background Scott's brigade are arriving
One of Woodford's units, 3rd Virginia are in front of the Meeting House blocking any approach to the crossroads
The three Hessian units press on
Over on the British left, Agnew's 4th Brigade attack Woodford
as Grey's 3rd Brigade advance across the fields right of the road, heading towards Conway's men
The 1st Light Battalion is upon Smallwood's Brigade
with 2nd Light Battalion in support
Shaken, Smallwood's lead battalion turns to face the enemy
but it is too much and they break, leaving 3rd Maryland to hold them
More British success, this time on the left where Agnew's men have broken one of Woodford's units - but Scott's men arrive to plug the gap
Behind the Hessians, the Guards and Grenadiers arrive
The Americans have deployed a gun to try and cause some damage to the Hessians
Agnew's and Scott's men clash across the stone wall
The Scots of 42nd Foot reach the road as Conway's men approach
On the road, just short of the crossroads British skirmishers fire at 3rd Virginia
Locking horns ! Smallwood's and De Borre's men try to hold the British
Maxwell's American brigade has now taken possession of Birmingham hill and their artillery is deployed up there too
The 42nd exchange fire with Conway's men
Woodford's men have taken so much fire, they are retreating either side of the Meeting House
but Scott's men are made of sterner stuff and continue to hold off Agnew's Brigade
as Smallwood's men stream away, De Borre tries to hold the line, as the Hessians charge
Don't buckle now men !
The Grenadiers and Guards are now at the foot of Birmingham hill and receiving fire from the two American guns up there
Conway's men try to hold the fence line against both Grey's Brigade and the two units of British skirmishers
So far, Scott's men are holding the American right wing OK
Best they don't look behind them as there is little support there !
the British gunners keep up their fire in support of Agnew and Grey
The Grenadiers are in a duel with the American guns !
more Americans wilt under fire
Disordered troops are denoted by puffs of smoke
at last something for the Americans to crow about - a Hessian unit breaks from combat
but its too late - the Guards have taken the hill and the American guns are over run
The 42nd Foot have driven off Conway's Brigade
Only the American right wing is holding
apart from Woodford's men !
At this point, Washington orders a general retreat from the field - Smallwood, Conway and Woodford have broken and Washington needs to try and preserve whats left of his army.
Cornwallis and his exhausted army have won convincingly.