4th of July and Revolting Americans

After doing a bit of research, I thought I could try my hands in some battles of revolutionary wars. American that is, in case people thought I meant French, or any other former colony that had gained it’s independence after a struggle against their colonial masters. There are few interesting things about these conflicts. First, they usually have limited in number of troops deployed and the troops that are deployed, tend to be less of the professional, and at least on one side, more on the amateur end of the spectrum.

For this 4th of July, I have thought about battle of Camden, albeit after reading about it, there are few brave people who have turned it into scenario and figured out after all the trouble that yes, British did indeed won. Not much of a balance then, is there? No worries, I like desperate situations, and especially fights against opponents that have the superiority in numbers of quality – and sometimes both.

While doing a bit of research, it is quite easy to figure out that Gates was an idiot. How else would you call a man that takes up piched battle against battle hardened British regulars and more seasoned loyalists, far from your own line of communications? At least it seems to be common view, I grant you that.

However, I am inclined to think that Battle of Camden actually taught American rebels an important lesson about overconfidence and arrogance after relatively easy victory of Saratoga. It is only ironical that British fleet under Graves would be defeated by French at Chesapeake Bay probably by same virtue of overconfidence (why would French have suddenly developed a fighting spirit they never really possessed at sea?). It is interesting that in that one decisive moment, British fleet acted ineptly, when a little later they utterly defeated French. Something that evolved into a pattern in years to come.

After much court intrigue and politics, Cornwallis, of course was cornered in his fortification in Yorktown, and when Graves fumbled the relive attempt, he lost heart and gave away few weeks after the battle of Chesapeake bay. Not much of a fighter there – talking of superior numbers. After all, Graves did not actually loose so much of his fleet that he could not have renewed the relief attempt.

Back to battle of Camden. It was not terribly large engagement. Mere two brigades and reserve for British, and about same for Continental forces amended by a bit of artillery on both sides.

Now, need to hunt down some 6mm troopers and some ruleset that would be decent for the revolutionary war conflicts.

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