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Tarleton’s Blunder!

Part Two of the Battle of Camden

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The remorseless Brish pincer movement didn’t dent the Americans’ confidence. Volley after volley tore through the redcoats. The Maryland continentals were prooving more than a match for their loyalist adversaries.

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Horatio Gates even had the audacity to order the elite Delaware continentals from the reserve into a flanking manoeuvre.

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Cornwallis’ plan to attack both flanks whilst raking the American militia with cannon fire was faltering. With some lucky dice rolls, the American batteries were tearing great gaps in the lines of redcoats……

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imageIn the actual battle, Webster’s brigade had sliced through all opposition but Paul found it hard going. Instead of the bayonet, Webster relied upon the disciplined musketry of the British infantry but the Americans held. Switching back to the right of the American position, the elite Delaware Continentals put the British Legion to flight and then rolled up the Volunteers of Ireland.

Even the charge of the gallant 33rd Foot could not shift the colonist light infantry. The Highlanders of the British centre were stalled by cannon fire.

At moments like this, heroes are born. The Highlanders may be stalled but Banastre Tarleton was intent on renewing the British attack. The dice game him three moves and in Black Powder that is a long way, from one flank to the other, circumnavigating the artillery park and American flanking fire. The charge took the Men of Delaware by surprise but still they held on!

The elite Delaware continentals are caught by the Devil on horseback!

The elite Delaware continentals are caught by the Devil on horseback!

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The cautious American commander refuses to help the struggling Delaware regiment. However, the elite infantry obviously didn’t need any help. Tarleton’s feared riders had to fall back and then when another charge was ordered, they blundered and raced off to the the edge of the battlefield.

The collapse of the Crown forces !

The collapse of the Crown forces !

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It had been a brilliant afternoon’s game. Paul was an absolute gentleman and the scenario faultless. Let’s hope that Tarleton can redeem himself in later games! Thanks for reading – next report on last weekend’s Spring Skirmish, Flames of War competition.

However controversial, British heroes must not be forgotten, Tarleton or Alexander Blackman!

However controversial, British heroes must not be forgotten, Tarleton or Alexander Blackman!

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2 Comments

  1. Phil Johansson

    Caught the tail end of the game Thursday. Paul certainly has a lovely collection of models. As regards controversial British heroes, Tarleton and Sgt Blackman are only guilty of being bloody good soldiers. Tarleton was hated because he was effective against the rebels and seeing as history is written by the winners… As for Sgt Blackman, apart from a little misplaced bravado which was caught on camera, what he did was basically a mercy killing. The Taliban in question had been hit by 20mm cannon so was little more than mince and wouldn’t have lasted much longer even if the Marines hadn’t found him. The Taliban also have a habit of leaving injured fighters as lures, knowing full well coalition troops would call in a casevac helicopter which would then be targetted by the Taliban when it came in to retrieve the casualty. Sgt Blackman was sold out by the same gutless politicians who put him and his colleagues in the firing line in the first place!

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