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The Battle of Cormacks Creek - AWI campaign battle

A warm July Sunday evening saw a major battle to the southwest of New York between Von Knaphausen's Division, and troops led by none other than Washington himself. This is part of an ongoing AWI campaign, so I have to be vague with the wider details and background to the battle.

Suffice to say, both Von Knaphausen and Washington thought that a decisive victory to either side might decide the outcome of the campaign itself..........










The American camp and entrenchments

American forces had been watching New York from afar, unmolested by the British garrison. The Kings forces had even afforded them the courtesy of time to dig in. How gentlemanly.

The American position was to the southwest of the city, and gave the watching rebels an insight into British intentions in the north. It was only a matter of time before General Howe ran out of patience and took action.










A birds eye view of the table - looking NE

Up to this point, British …

The American Revolution - Part 3

The Battle of Yorktown

Two of my secret wargaming friends are engaged in an American War of Independence campaign. I am the umpire with the assistance of Berthier Campaign Manager.

I have to be coy with the wider details of the campaign so I do not give any information away, so I will stick to the battle.

The battle was between an American Brigade under the command of Brigadier General Sumter, and the British under the command of General Charles, Earl Cornwallis.






Charles, Earl Cornwallis pictured above (he looks strangely like one of the participants in the campaign).


Sumter found himself behind the safety of fortifications constructed over the previous 9 days. However, he had no artillery and only four battalions of militia to face the veterans of Cornwallis, who outnumbered his command by nearly two to one.

His orders were concise, " Defend Yorktown ".





Thomas Sumter pictured

The American commander, because he was defending, and in fortifications, deployed first. He chose to anchor his fortifications ar…