|Looking north towards Richards Smithy|
On the left hand road Nathanial Parker's brigade of infantry, (3 regiments of foot, a unit of commanded shot and a light gun), with the support of Colonel James Meldum's cavalry, (2 units of horse and one of cuirassiers), had orders to seize the farm complex and then move up onto the ridge. On the right, Colonel Boyes was to advance his infantry (3 regiments of foot and a light gun) towards the central hill. Meanwhile Sir Roderick Murgatroyd's cavalry (2 regiments of cavalry and one of dargoons) were to advance between the road and the woods seize the high ground and threaten the flank of any units defending Richards Smithy.
|Richards Smithy from the farm complex|
It was none too soon. Parker's infantry had reached the farm, his commanded shot had occupied the barn and begun sniping away at the Royalist infantry on the ridge. One regiment had deployed in the field to the left of the road and their first volley had driven off the dragoons placed there by Lord Withers, who commanded the Royalist right wing cavalry. He ordered one unit to remain on the ridge to threaten the flank of any infantry advance on Richards Smithy and led forward the other two regiments to prevent Meldrum's cavalry advancing any further. The ensuing melee was won by the Royalists, but they were too battered to follow up and by the time they had recovered, Parker had deployed his light gun to support Meldrum's horse.
|Meldrum and Withers clash|
Whilst one unit began to exchange volleys with the Royalists, Boyes sent his remaining unit straight for the ridge, hoping to push back the defenders before they became too strong. Unfortunately, the Parliamentarians became disorganised crossing hedges and as they reformed they were swept by musketry. Boyes galloped forward to rally his men, but as he moved up and down the ranks he was felled by a musket ball and command devolved upon Ezekiah Clarke. Clarke pulled the men back over the hedges hoping for a respite. However, Sir Hugh Tipton spotted the opportunity and approaching the nearest Royalist infantry unit called "Follow me they're running". Streaming off the hill the Royalists reached the hedge line before Clarke's men could rally. Another volley crashed into the milling ranks with the inevitable result that the unit dissolved into a mob streaming from the field. Sir Victor and Clarke tried to stop the rout but to no avail. All Sir Victor could do was to order Clarke to hold his position at all costs. Indeed the Parliamentary right was on the edge of disaster. Murgatroyd's cavalry had made no headway against Hesketh's men and Clarke's remaining unit had it's flank 'in the air'.
|Following the death of Boyes, his infantry rout|
|Parlismentary fire against the ridge increases|
|Parker's attack is beaten back|
|Meldrum's cavalry reach the ridge|
|The Royalist infantry prepare to defend Richards Smithy|
Sir Victor had once again lost valuable commanders in a battle. In addition he faced an imminent interview with the Kelhamshire Association, which would no doubt like to know when it would see an improvement in the military situation.
Many thanks to Steve for a very enjoyable scenario.