|Lord Rawdon advances through the woods|
|Layout of the table|
At first all went well, the leading 'brigade' under Campbell got three actions and managed to move clear of the woods (these halved movement distances). Robertson, with the remaining brigade also got three actions and kept pace with the attack. He (Robertson) decided to move Coffin's Dragoons to the left into a clearing to enable them to manoeuvre more freely. This caused the skirmishers from Hugar's brigade on Greene's right to seek the shelter of the woods. Once the loyalist troops left the cover of the woods they came under fire from the patriot artillery. The first round fired caused one of Campbell's units to fall back to rally. Greene's left wing skirmishers fell back before Campbell's advance, sniping away at the 63rd but not having any effect. Greene ordered Washington's Dragoons to move round the hill and attack the loyalist infantry. This they did, ignoring the skirmishers and charging at the 63rd. The latter met them with a volley and a steady hedge of bayonets. Disordered by the volley and unable to make headway against the resolute infantry the dragoons fell back, their losses such that they took no further part in the battle.
|The 63rd meet the Washington Dragoons|
|The loyalists near the ridge|
After lunch we ran the scenario again, swopping commands. Once again the loyalists won but the battle was notable for the cavalry again failing to make any impression. Washington's dragoons were disordered by musketry and proved unwilling to rally eventually being driven from the field. Whilst Coffin's dragoons charged a unit of skirmishers who attempted to evade and were caught. In the ensuing melee, which should have been a formality, some rather extreme dice results ensured that it was the dragoons who were defeated !
|A foregone conclusion?|