British: Chris and Richard
American: Ian, Graham, and Steve.
While I questioned the brashness of Greene's attack across Chadd's Ford to meet the British head-on in the Saturday game, the American players in the Tuesday game doubled-down and attacked across both fords! In the Saturday battle, Greene's aggressiveness cost him the battle and his life. Would the same fate await the Americans in the Tuesday battle?
After eight turns of play over about four hours, we called the game due to the late hour. At that snapshot in time, the Americans firmly hold Chadd's Ford and have a tenuous hold on Brinton's Ford. With Stirn's command having hardly a scratch and Sullivan's Division showing signs of heavy wear and tear, we conclude that one more turn would see Brinton’s Ford in German hands. Given that each holds one ford and casualties roughly equal, a draw seems a reasonable assessment.
Let's see with a quick overview of the action.
|In the distance, Americans line Brandywine Creek.|
|Maxwell deploys forward of Chadd's Ford.|
|Sullivan defends Brinton's Ford|
|Greene defends Chadd's Ford|
|Vaughn begins skirmishing with Maxwell's light infantry.|
Pinned on three sides, the 4th Foot takes heavy casualties.
|Grant brings on his brigade to lend weight|
in pushing Maxwell aside.
|On the Allied left, Knyphausen orders the heavy |
artillery to unlimber on the road.
The two batteries target the American guns
in the redoubt on the far side of the creek
as Sullivan's men wade the creek.
|Quickly, the Americans cross the ford |
and fan out to take the high ground.
British dragoons race up to garrison the farm.
|While British heavy guns pound the American battery, |
counterbattery activities slow the German approach.
|The 16th Lt Dragoons are thrown in to thwart |
the American advance.
|Ferguson's Rifles engage the enemy at the farm|
in support. Too late. The dragoons are scattered.
|At Chadd's Ford, with the Redcoats tangled up with|
Maxwell, Greene strikes across Chadd's Ford.
|Maxwell's light infantry are giving much|
better than they get.
Maxwell, with his small command, stops two British
brigades in the their tracks.
Unbelievable display of cunning and luck.
|Even when attacked by two British regiments,|
Greene's light infantry throw them back down the hill.
Vaughn attacks up the road trying to break the Americans.
|Maxwell keeps up an unrelenting harassment|
of the enemy while Greene arrives to
reinforce Maxwell's successes.
|Maxwell's light infantry are such a nuisance that Grant throws|
five regiments into combat to deal with this meddlesome unit.
Despite heroic efforts, Maxwell's command breaks.
|Opposite Brinton's Ford, Ferguson retires as the British|
guns continue pounding the American positions.
The American guns are destroyed.
|Finally reaching Brinton's Ford, the Germans|
form up and attack.
Weakened, Sullivan is forced to vacate the west side
of the creek.
|As Maxwell's command scatters, Greene attacks.|
While Weedon's command is broken in the fighting,
so is Grant. Vaughn teeters on breaking as
both the 4th and 23rd scatter.
The British right has no more offensive capability.
|Dispositions at battle's end.|
Greene controls Chadd's Ford.
Sullivan about to lose Brinton's Ford.
This engagement saw a really a hard-fought battle especially on the British right. Maxwell's tenacity (coupled with some luck) combined with Greene's aggressiveness tore the British right to shreds. For the British, Grant's Brigade was broken and Vaughn was nearing that point. For the Americans, Weedon and Maxwell were broken with De Borre wavering.
My eyes could not believe what they were seeing. Having envisioned a defensive stance along the banks of Brandywine Creek, the Americans threw caution to the wind and attacked with great gusto. On the American left, that brashness paid off. On the American right, these attacks met with less success. This Battle of Brandywine was an exciting and long fight. Great fun watching this battle unfold. Sometimes the best defense is a great offense!
For battle accounts from two of the participants, please visit,
Patriot Games with that Battle from Hobbiton - Graham (Maxwell then Sullivan)
Battle of Brandywine Creek - Chris (Knyphausen and Stirn)
Thank you to all of the participants.
Next up on the gaming slate, a return to Matt's table with Rebels & Patriots and the Battle for Fort Washington.