|The Grenadiers and Highlanders halt at long range to return fire before plunging into the ford.|
I allowed the British to search the stream for other fords passable to infantry of which one was eventually found on their left. The bushes along the stream blocked line of sight and provided concealment but not cover. The British plan was to scout their left with a company of rangers, plant the gun anywhere where it had something to shoot at without being in the way, and hey diddle diddle with the redcoats right up the road and over the redoubt. Their first assault was repulsed but they rallied, came back and stormed the redoubt only to be thrown back out by a counter attack by the original garrison after it rallied.
|The Grenadiers and Black Watch take a pounding from cannister and point blank musketry and are repulsed|
For a while I wondered if the game was even winnable but the British General got smarter and sent the Irish to clear out the militia on either side while moving his artillery up to pound the redoubt. The militia proved to be stubborn but less effective and were eventually seen off. The provincials on the left flank tied up one group of Indians while the other refused all hints, orders and pleas for them to leave the impassible section they were guarding and move to the centre. By this time the British elites had been repulsed and rallied yet again but the redoubt was outflanked on both sides. A final all out assault took it and I ruled the game over before the Colonial troops could try for another unlikely rally.
Three hours had passed.
|The British begin to make headway.|
So, both games were exciting and close and gave a similar result given similar command decisions. The biggest difference was that the first game took three hours and was beginning to feel never ending while the 2nd game was over in less than 2 hours with an increasing feeling of desperation on the part of the British commander. Oh, and I didn't need to drag casualties with me whether lying down or dunce capped. Sometimes you shouldn't go back.
Onwards it is!