|The Rebel River Run|
photo courtesy wargamesinthedungeon
Matt and I finished off our three-game Long Island battle trilogy on Sunday. In this last episode of the Long Island campaign, Matt put together a scenario recreating the American race back to the safety of the Brooklyn fortifications before becoming completely enveloped by the advancing British. For Matt's account of the battle and scenario background, please visit Maryland 400: Battle of Long Island. Really, check out Matt's excellent battle account with terrific close-up photos and then return to enjoy my spin.
The American goal was to simply make it across a contested table and wade the river to safety. Casualties mattered not. How did the Americans fare? Did they splash across the river to victory? To find out, please wade through my battle pictorial.
|Maryland 400 stands alone against the enemy.|
|The '400' must sacrifice so the army can escape.|
|The Rebel escapees.|
|Fighting begins as my host (Matt) |
takes some opening shots (literally!).
|Redcoats advance to contest the path|
to the mill and freedom.
|More redcoats arrive as fighting intensifies!|
|The Guards Attack!|
|British advance on the left to close off |
the Rebel escape route to the river.
|The Rebels are forced to halt and fire.|
One British regiment breaks!
|With one Redcoat regiment in retreat,|
the American push to the river continues.
|View of the action from the other camera.|
|By luck, Rebel reinforcements arrive |
as the Maryland 400 continues to shrink!
|Rebels close upon the mill and the river crossing point.|
|View of the action from behind enemy lines.|
|British advance upon the enemy continues |
in an effort to drive the rebels back from the river.
|American progress is slowed |
as they must stop to defend themselves.
The Maryland '100' fights on.
|The Marylanders die to a man.|
The annals will say they say
sacrificed themselves to save an army.
|A British regiment breaks!|
|A second British regiment breaks!|
|A third British regiment breaks as the Americans |
get two green militia regiments over the river.
|Attrition thins the battlefield.|
|The fire from the cannon and guards is too great. |
The Americans break to the rear and
AWAY from safe harbor.
After three hours of hard fighting and barely a soldier left standing, we declare the battle a draw. The Rebels managed to get two regiments across the river to safety for six Honor Points while the British tallied five Honor Points. A draw seemed a fitting conclusion to the contest.
Another exciting action to end our Long Island trilogy. This trio of battles witnessed one victory each plus a draw. Can't get a much more closely contested match than this.
Great fun and thanks again to Matt for another terrific remote game. Where do we go next in the continuing AWI campaign? Perhaps Kip's Bay or Haarlem Heights? We will see.