Taken part way through the action, this overview shows the terrain from the Cossack side . In the centre the village and two small hills, a stream on the 'Cossack' side and two wheat fields on the Muscovite side. A second small hill lies near the Cossack baseline.
|Steve's left wing cavalry|
At first things went in favour of the Cossacks; the Tartars drove back the Muscovite scouts and even managed to push back the rather ineffectual feudal cavalry. In addition, the Muscovite foot seemed reluctant to advance as did all the cavalry on the Muscovite left. Perhaps I could secure the village after all.
|Battle is joined|
|Muscovite Streltsy advance onto the hill|
|The Cossack flank is threatened|
|The Soldatski prevail|
Something needed to be done quickly. Fortunately, my light artillery now intervened and managed to inflict sufficient casualties to shake the Streltsy unit and prevent it from charging. Then the Cossacks defenders in the village gave way, eventually overpowered by the axe-wielding Streltsy attacking them. The registered Cossacks now found themselves in a quandary. If they advanced they would be attacked by the Soldatski, if they held their ground they would be shot at by two units of Streltsy, if they fell back they would also be shot at. The artillery played their part again and drove off the Streltsy on the hill, easing the pressure. The issue was decided when the Soldatski charged the Cossacks. Arquebus/matchlock musket versus pike melees tend to be very one-sided. This was no exception as in no time at all, my Registered Cossack unit was streaming to the rear. This left the Muscovites in undisputed control of the village and me on the losing side. The question was, would I be able to withdraw my remaining troops in good order?
|The Moloisty drive off the feudal cavalry|
On my left things did not go so well. The remains of the Tartar units were scattered by the Muscovite light cavalry and then the reformed feudal cavalry charged my remaining infantry unit. The closing volley was totally ineffective and the Cossack formation splintered under the impact of the Muscovite horsemen. Those who could fleeing for the baseline. All my remaining cavalry unit could do was hope to hold off the Muscovites long enough to allow my last infantry unit to retreat from the field.
Not a good day for the Cossacks. In retrospect I should have stuck to my original plan and try and prevail by musketry. Abandoning the defensive in favour of an attack split up my forces and allowed them to be picked off. It was however a good morale boosting outing for Steve's Muscovites, perhaps I should put up a Polish force as opposition next time.