So, without further ado......
The setting is a farm in the border area of the North and South Carolina low country, where, according to loyalists in the area, there is a herd of Guernsey dairy cattle, renowned for producing high-butterfat, high-protein milk. These cows were the British objective - they needed to round them up and drive them back (overland), to the British camp. Rollin, Rollin....Rawhide!
The Farm with Dairy
|Stable worker and Blacksmiths working hard|
|Milk maids getting that good Guernsey milk|
|The Axeman Cometh|
The British force consisted of elements of the 23rd Regiment of Foot, the 42nd Regiment of Foot, the Queen's Rangers and a group of Hessian Jaegers. The British deployed onto the table at the two deployment points shown below:
|No, we didn't spill something on the floor, that is the new carpet in Distlefink|
Note to the reader: Be sure to take notice of the bateau in the photo above because this was available to the British, complete with two stout rowers, to transport some troops across the deep water to the pasture in the quickest possible manner.
The Americans countered with members of the Maryland Continental Line, Virginia State Line, North Carolina militia and a group of riflemen. They patriot forces deployed from a single deployment point which proved to be difficult and time-consuming for the Americans.
|American Deployment Point|
The battle started with the British splitting their command, sending one group of the Queen's Rangers across the water in the bateau, with the remaining group circling around the water to hopefully screen the Rangers and their hopefully, captive cows from the presumed oncoming Patriot forces. The Hessian Jaegers, 42nd and 23rd Foot deployed near the British camp and proceeded up the road to intercept the Americans, with the Jaegers leading the way.
|Route of the 2nd group of Queen's Rangers|
|Jaegers prepare to fire|
|23rd Foot deploys on the table|
|42nd Regiment of Foot|
|The Queen's Rangers are afloat|
|Virginians and North Carolinians exchange fire with the British|
Now, back to the Cows. The Queen's Rangers managed to cross the Deep Water and were able to quickly round up the obedient cows.
This game, with some tweaks, will be run again at Historicon. I asked for and received input from the players and together with some areas I saw that needed improvement, I hope to have an even better game this summer.