July 9th, 1777
To his Excellency Lt. Gen Burgoyne
It is my pleasure to relate the clearing of the rebels near Fort Anne allowing Excellency's continued advance to Albany
Please indulge me to describe the actions of hie Excellency's Brunswick forces this day in service of the King.
The Grenadiers had the post of honour on the right of our front line with the Regiment of v.Sprecht to the left. The second line wascomposed of my regiment and that of Hesse-Hanau. Due to the constriction of the field, the v.Rhetz formed column on the left while the Dragoons (dismounted) moved in the light woods to the right of the field. Our light cannon was in reserve.
|My German force of primarily Brunswick units during the Saratoga Campaign of 1777. Previously employed in the SYW, they have been recently "redeployed" and rebased.|
|The American rebel militia at the far end of the field.|
allowing the v Rhetz to move to the fence marking the end of the field.
|Von Rhetz's Regiment in column|
|now forming into line|
|the Grenadiers (a combined unit from the grenadier companies of all the regiments) stand before the fence facing fire from the rebel "in the shadows" .|
Your Obedient Servant,
 I placed the fence at 20” from the militia position and for each inch the leading German unit came closer to the Americans, the harder for them to roll under d20 and thus ‘stay to their guns’ and continue the fight. I placed a disorder for failure which they needed to roll off (per the rules) before they were able to fire (their only activation action)
 I rather like the look of the formed line on which the figures are based rather than the proscribed ‘blob’ allowed of the rules, so I had this unit ‘go through the motions’. Most of the units are a healthy 18 figures strong. Rules ='large unit' which can take more casualties to get to the troublesome 50%.
 the Militia on the right failed their ‘morale test’ and retreated from the fence into the forest not allowing firing.
 they, of course, failed activation and stood there inches from the fence and the militia who passed their morale test and directed well placed shots into the Grenadiers. Most of the Grenadier casualties occurred at his stage.
 the Grenadiers having passed their morale test (needing the +1 for elites to do so!) charged the fence line and the militia morale broke. The Germans did not fire a shot during the engagement.
 The v.Rhetz regiment sustained one hit. The rebel casualties are unknown but thought to be negligible.
|celebrating the victory|