(please note the 'fictional' part! So no complaining you can't find it on Wikipedia...)
"Who the blazes is knocking on the bloody door!"
"Me Lord", his adjutant replies, "the Yankees are attacking"
"Yes, yes. Let me get my trousers up"
"Well, tell the 49th to move with all haste and have the Swiss regiments(2) follow shortly. Oh and send someone to tell the Glengarries (3) to keep lively but stay on the hill. They will guard the left flank. "
And so starts the grand novel I will duly write about this 'pivotal' battle of the war....or not....
If you really must know the AAR about this solo battle I conducted with a homebrew rules, themselves a knock-off and combination of Andy Callan's "Loose Files and American Scramble" and Paul Koch's command rules [both published in wargame magazines in the early 1990's]; then I will give you a brief history.
|my British 49th Foot in Canada c1813|
Oops I digress.
Back to the battle.
The veteran 49th quickly moved and formed line to face the masses of Kentucky militia moving, albeit in slow confusion, towards them. The British regiment of Swiss origin, DeWatteville, moved into position to their left and together started volley fire into the milling regiments of the American militia who quickly melted away.
|the much depleted, retreating Kentucky militia [Knuckleduster figures] Note: the cannon balls are marking disorder - they have a lot of disorder being militia and all!|
|the Kentucky officers are left contemplating the number of cannonballs (small ball-bearings used to indicate disorder and casualties) they have gathered over the duration of this losing battle. [Limited Offer Lewis and Clark figures by Old Glory]|
(1) the 19th was the only British regular cavalry unit assigned to Canada during the war and was used for scouting and courier duties for the main part. The only recorded charge was by one small squadron during the Niagara campaign of 1814. It was beaten back by a company of American regulars. No 3,000 strong heavy cavalry charges in this war!
(2) There were two 'Swiss' units of British infantry in the war. The DeWatteville fought in the Niagara area, while the deMeuron Regt. joined the Plattsburgh force. I like them 'cause of their cool flags!
(3) the Glengarries were a well-trained unit of Canadian Fencibles who wore British 95th Rifles uniforms but armed with muskets.
|The British General with his adjutant, and well pleased with the performance of his regulars|