Just before Christmas Steve and I managed to fit in a skype game. I drew up a scenario where a unit of Muscovite border dragoons had been carrying out a patrol, watching the Cossack lands for any signs of impending raids. Unfortunately, they strayed too close to the Cossack settlement and failing to get away, ended up in an old border fort. A messenger had managed to get away and he roused the local provincial Muscovite forces to come to the rescue. The Muscovite force consisted of two units of light cavalry, two of feudal cavalry, two units of urban streltsy and two of servant Cossacks.
|The initial set up of the Cossack force|
|Cossack force keeping an eye the fort|
The Cossack commander had been told by his scouts that the Muscovites were on the way and drew up his force to cover the fort. He had two units of Moloisty, a unit of Cossack musketeers and a small composite unit which was to keep an eye on the fort and stop the border dragoons sallying out. In addition he had four units of light cavalry. On the right was a unit of cavalry, the centre was held by the infantry, the musketeers between the units of moloisty. Two cavalry units were on the left with the final unit held in reserve. The Muscovite commander received reports of the Cossack deployment and decided to place all his cavalry on the right. His four units of infantry were to advance and pin the Cossack foot whilst his cavalry, having the advantage of the weightier feudal cavalry would disperse the Cossack cavalry and then sweep round and envelop the Cossack line.
|The Muscovite infantry prepare to advance|
|The Border Dragoons line the walls of the fort|
The action began with the Muscovite light cavalry moving quickly forward, although the feudal cavalry were a little more cautious. As he saw the mass of Muscovite cavalry bearing down on his left flank, the Cossack commander quickly galloped over to the right and led the unit of cavalry there across the battlefield to support the left wing. Action was quickly joined with the Cossacks gaining the upper hand. One unit of Muscovite light cavalry routed, the other held on, mainly because a unit of feudal cavalry joined them in the melee. The successful Cossack cavalry pursued their defeated opponents straight into the second unit of feudal cavalry. In the resulting melee both sides fought themselves to a standstill and had to fall back to reform and rally.
|The Muscovites rout|
|Cavalry action on the Cossack left|
|Overview of the battlefield|
|The Cossack cavalry rout the streltsy|