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Cowpens Order of Battle

I’ve picked up various references for Cowpens over the years but never got round to picking up Babit’s Cowpens Battlefield: A Walking Guide. I’ll be remedying that soon but someone very helpfully supplied me with the Order of Battle from the booklet which I’ll reproduce here and then compare with some of my other sources vefore finally committing to actual unit sizes. I’ve got the British Grenadier scenario for Hannah’s Cowpens as well so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out…

Table of Organization – American Forces
The Flying Army – Brigadier General Daniel Morgan
Headquarters Flying Army
Brigade Major – Captain Benjamin Brookes
Aide de Camp – Major Edward Giles
Baron de Glaubeck
Commissary – Captain Edward Chitty
Morgan’s Life Guard (ca. 10 men)

”Regular” Infantry – Lieutenant Colonel John Eager Howard
Continental Infantry
Delaware Company Captain Robin Kirkwood (60 men)
1/7 Maryland Company Captain Richard Anderson (60 men)
3/5 Maryland Company Lieutenant Nicolas Mangers (60 men)
2/4/6 Maryland Company Captain Henry Dobson (60 men)
Virginia Company – Captain Andrew Wallace (60 men)
North Carolina Company Captain Henry Connelly (307 men)
Virginia State Company – Captain John Lawson (50 men)
South Carolina S(ate Troops Major Samuel Hammond (ta 6O men)
Virginia Militia Major Francis Triplett
Fauquier Company Captain John Combs (40+ men)
Augusta Company – Captain James Tate (40+ men)
Rockbridge Company Captain James Gilmore (45 men)
Burke County, NC, Company ‘ (ca 25 men)

Militia – General Andrew Pickens
Brigade Major James Jackson
1st Spartan Regiment
1st Bn Col John Thomas (ca 150 men)
2nd Bn LtC Benjamin Ruebuck {ca 150 men)
2nd Spartan Regiment
1st Bn – Col Thomas Brandon (ca l00 men)
2nd Bn – Lt Col William Farr (ca 100 men)
Little River Regiment – Lt Col Joseph Hayes (ca 180 men)
North Carolina Battalion Lt Col Joseph McDowell (ca I80 men)
Georgia Refugees Major John Cunningham (ca 75 men)
Virginia Militia Major Thomas Posey(?) (ca 100 men)

Cavalry
Continental Light Dragoons – Lt Col William Washington (82 men)
South Carolina State Troops – Major James McCall (45 men)
Virginia State Dragoons – ? (ca 15 men)
North Carolina State Dragoons – ? (ca 15 men)
South Carolina ”Guides” – ? (ca 15 men)
Militia Volunteers – Benjamin Jolly
North Carolina Captain Mordecai Clark (ca 20 men)
South Carolina – Thomas Young (ca 25 men)

Table of Organisation – British Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton

Infantry

7th Regiment of Foot – Major Timothy Newmarsh (ca 170 men)
71st Regiment of Fool – Major Arthur MacArthur (ca 249 men)
British Legion Infantry – ? (ca 250 men)
Light Infantry
16th Foot Regiment (41 men)
1st Battalion 71st Regiment (35 men)
2nd Battalion 71st Regiment (34 men)
Prince of Wales American Regiment (ca 40 men)
Strength 150 men

Cavalry
17th Light( Dragoons – 1 Troop Lieutenant Nettles (50 men)
British Legion Dragoons – Major Ogilivy (250 men)

Tory Scouts/Guides – Alexander Chesnee (?) (ca 50 men)

Artillery
2 – 3 pounder field pieces (ca 36 men)

The detail on the makeup of the American Cavalry may make for a small but colourful and interesting unit if I can pin down the uniforms for the Militia and State troops.

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More troops for the King…

Well, finally saw Terry last night and picked up some figures and more Purbeck Terrain – some I think is Gary’s so if you’re reading this, I have it on loan now :-).

Figures consist of…

Hessians – von Bose. Old Glory figures.

British Legion Cavalry. Polly Oliver figures.
Still lots more to paint for Cowpens!

And finally, straying way south, some native support!

Terry’s painting is really nice and the photos don’t do them justice. There’s a command stand for the Hessian 90% complete which may be my first task. The remaining British Legion cavalry will probably be Old Glory as I have few if any of the Polly Oliver figures left.

There was also a nice selection of the 9″ Purbeck blocks with roads and rivers and some more hills and trees. I can put together a fair size battlefield now – if only I had a table to put it on!

Also gotback my copy of Ewald’s Hessian Journal which has cropped up many times in the account if the Philadelphia campaign I’m currently reading.

Took delivery of the Encyclopedia of Uniforms of the American Revolution. Only had a quick glance but the images seem to be of variable quality. Some very nice, some less so. Text seems very pro -American to me too :-). Some useful info there though so will investigate more later.

Back again soon…probably after Derby.

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The British are coming!

Seems I have far fewer British troops than I thought. The other two guys had done the Royal Welch, some Hessians, Indians and Tarleton’s Dragoons which made up a respectable force for the few games we had.

My contribution was:

British Legion Infantry
British Light Infantry
Jaegers
contingent of 71st Highlanders
Tarleton himself and a British Major for him to upstage!

When I can afford some lights I’ll try for some better detail shots but to introduce them here comes the British flank attack!

The Maryland Continentals are forced to face their flank as Light Infantry descend from the woods and the British Legion supported by the 71st Highlanders launch their attack, Hessian Jaegers pushing back the riflemen and harassing the Continentals. Tarleton himself urges them on.

The Light Infantry emerge from the woods in support of the main attack.

The British Legion infantry, shielded by Jaegers, begin their assault.

I’d like to get some detail shots and closeups of the troops but may need to borrow a better camera for that. I now need to decide what to paint next…

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A First Attempt at Photos

I’m not a photographer and this is just to get something going but here is my current American Order of Battle:


This is what I’ve got painted so far:

First Line, left to right: Lee’s Legion Foot, Regular Light Infantry, Riflemen

Second Line, behind the fence: Militia

Third Line, Continentals: New York, Virginia, Maryland

Cavalry: front to back: Lee’s Legion with a contingent of 4th Continental Dragoons, with 3rd Continental Dragoons behind.

Hill: a contingent of French Royal Deux-Ponts guard the artillery on the hill.

Some details:

1st New York Continentals prepare to deliver a volley!

The militia wait to deliver their first volley as the Maryland Continentals stand in support.

And steel themselves for the approaching bayonets!

On the flank, Lee’s Legion move aggressively forward while the 3rd Dragoons and French observe.

So there we are. First photos I’ve taken of wargames figures since I went on a Wargames Holiday at Peter Gilder’s more years ago than I care to remember! I probably should have waited for natural light as some are taken with and some without the flash. Mayb I’ll redo then at the weekend if my wife hasn’t made me pack them away or the cat attacked them!

A few British to follow but it is a few as the other guys I started this with were doing the Soldiers of the KIng.

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Rules

Don’t have much time to write about the rules now but here is a link to the download. They are based on Andy Callan’s Loose Files and American Scramble which appeared in Wargames Illustrated many moons ago. I got rid of all my wargame mags a few years back as part of a pre-family cull, only keeping my old Battle for Wargamers copies for sentimental value!

The rules were aimed at small scale actions to give largish unit sizes but allow the small contingents to have a presence as well. We only ever put together a Quick Reference Sheet as when playing we were still arguing about how it all worked.

I’ll expand later and maybe add the links to the original rules but here’s our version to be going on with:

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