|The British lines from their right flank, Bracegirdle's brigade nearest the camera|
|The arrival of the Rebel troops|
In the fields behind the house are the battalions of Bracegirdle's brigade; to their left, in the lee of Robert hill can be found the battalions of Clark's brigade. This information has been passed to the commander of the local rebel forces, general Greene, who has assembled three brigades of infantry with the intention of carrying out a dawn attack on the unsuspecting British forces.
On the British left, Clark's brigade roused themselves and as reports came back from the light companies on Robert hill plans were made to deal with the rebel attack. Two battalions moved to fill the gap between Robert hill and Hunter's Ground whilst two more moved further left around Robert hill to threaten the flank of any attack. On Robert hill the light companies were joined by the brigade artillery.
It was in the centre that things were unravelling for the British. Thornleigh waited with increasing impatience for Bracegirdle's brigade to move forward and support the riflemen. As knots of riflemen began to fall back he decided to see what was causing the delay and made his way to Bracegirdle's camp. Here found the staff rushing around trying to form up the battalions. Finding one of the colonels he asked brusquely to be taken to the brigade commander. The colonel haltingly informed him that Bracegirdle had decided to take up residence at an inn two miles back down the road, rather than use the tented accommodation provided. "Are you the senior colonel?"asked Thornleigh. "Right, you are now in command. Restore some order and send Mr Bracegirdle to me when he deigns to appear!"
|The Loyalist riflemen fall back|
|Brewer's men advance|
|Caldwell's men begin their attack|
|The British line before the collapse|
On the British left Clark's men were gradually gaining the upper hand. Two attacks had been driven back and the rebels were having to give ground. Indeed, Clark's men were now supporting the loyalist riflemen who were moving to outflank Brewer's men around Hunter's Ground.
|Archer's men are forced back|
All thoughts of counter attack now evaporated. A new flank was required to cover the withdrawal of the remainder of the British force. This was achieved remarkably quickly. Archer's men were in no fit state to attack, half of Brewer's battalions had taken heavy losses, so the only pressure would come from Caldwell. He would have to attack on a narrow front and so negate his numbers. The final position around Hunter's Ground can be seen below.
|The final position|