EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Invasion!


Jan 7, 1842

THE BLUE REPUBLIC CROSSES THE LINE

Yesterday morning, an unprovoked attack was made on the new battery established at Torn Point near Belmont on the Blugene River.  The Queen's forces in the area were composed of 1/2 a company of the Royal Fusiliers guarding the bridge near Brown Rock, the gunners with their 12 pounder and a company of local militia. These troops were on the Qui Vive however,  and at the first sign of enemy preparations alerted neighboring garrisons who rushed to their aid with unprecedented haste.

Three companies of Blue's 1st infantry under General Scott landed  upstream of the bridge. One was dispatched to hold off reinforcements while another company approached the redoubt at the bridge and opened fire. Despite taking 25% casualties, the Elite soldiers of the Fusiliers stood their ground and with a withering return fire, drove off the attack. The 3rd company soon renewed the attack and forced the remaining Fusiliers to retreat. While some Blue soldiers set to work tearing up the bridge, the rest followed up the Fusiliers who were attempting to make their way across the fields to rejoin their regiment and drove them off.   A fresh company of Fusiliers supported by a company of Victoria Rifles was at hand already. Several point blank volleys routed the first company of Bluecoats then a bayonet charge cleared the bridge before the destruction could be completed.


The Stone House near the point was attacked by Brigadier Zinn with a company of Rifles and 2 companies of the 2nd Infantry. Brigadier Zinn, led the 2nd Infantry forward in person but a bullet from one of the defenders threw him from his saddle and the attack stalled. The Rifles began to work their way around the House and casualties began to mount amongst the defenders but help was at hand. Rushing up the road from Brooklyn came the Green Tigers led by Colonel Stoneforte. The Grenadiers rushed to reinforce the defenders of the house while the rest deployed and opened a heavy fire.

Moments later a loud whistle followed by an explosion announced the arrival of the Rocket Battery. Fresh from the exercise grounds, these opened an unusually accurate barrage. Behind them, Princess Louise's Dragoons  trotted up the road, helmets gleaming in the sun
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Crossing rapidly over into the adjacent fields, they charged the company of Blue infantry which had been pursuing the Fusiliers. Blinded by their own smoke, the Blue Infantry failed to form square and were ridden down.
The invasion seemed well repulsed but Blue was not yet done, The second wave was at hand! Despite the lack of any senior commanders, two companies of the 3rd Infantry and a Mountain Howitzer landed and pushed inland while the Rifles pushed up the road and opened a heavy and accurate fire on the Rocket Battery, forcing them to limber up and retreat. Behind them, another wave of boats landed. The Blue Guards were at hand!


Pushing up the road towards the bridge a company of the 3rd opened fire on the Dragoons from behind the fence line. The cavalry wheeled around but as they attempted to jump the fence to get at their foe, a tremendous point blank fire cut them down in droves and the remaining dragoons scattered back to safety.
The day hung in the balance as the Blue Guards formed with precision, their Colonel at their head. With a ring cheer they charged the house where the Tigers had replaced the garrison.
A volley the likes of which has rarely been known cut down the Colonel and nearly 1/2 the Guardsmen. The remaining Blue troops quickly re-embarked and abandoned their enterprise.


9 comments:

  1. A most enjoyable report. It sounds like the same could be said of the game and that the rules worked well.

    Thanks

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  2. Very nice battle report and photos, Ross. I like the Newport Noodle motto as well. :-)

    Regards,
    Steve

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  3. Interesting and entertaining as usual, Ross. It looks like it was a close-run affair.

    I will be interested in your comments and rule adjustments after you've thought about it for a bit.


    -- Jeff

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  4. Hurrah! Hurrah! Three cheers for the Queen!

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  5. I have to confess my mixed feelings about this post: the whole setup looks exelent (terrain, soldiers and specially the barges) really very inspiring and the photographs show it in the best way. For me these rank amongst the best you have post in this blog.
    But is sad for me to se the Blue Army defeated. It served so well under my command during the Oberhilse Peninula Mini-Campaing that will always be my favourite.
    I also want to express my concern about General Zinn health, whose gallant services during that campaing I still remember with gratitude. Hope he will be soon on his saddle again.
    Regards, Cesar.

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  6. I echo what good Cesar said about the quality of the pictures you've posted here, Cesar. They are quite fine, and make the battle all the more exciting. However, I disagree with what Cesar said about the Blue Army. I was truly glad to see them repulsed. I stand with that estimable gentleman Mr. Kinch and say Huzzah for the Queen and for her soldiers.

    Great post, Ross. I love your blog.

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  7. Cesar, The Brigadier is recovering rapidly and would like to thank you for your concern. He remembers with pride, his service under your command.

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  8. Thank you Padre. I do try to maintain absolute impartiality but I since I have worn the scarlet tunic and still have that little note from HM saying she reposed especial trust in me (mind you looks very much a form letter to me!), it can be a struggle. :)

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