Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Battle of Wheeler's Creek ends

The Battle of Wheeler's Creek has come to an end.  Despite the valiant efforts of His Majesty's soldiers, the Americans were able to fight off the British advance and inflicted stunningly high casualties in the process.
In the top middle of the picture you can see the casualty markers of the British regiments.  In the forefront are those of the Hessian grenadiers.  (to enlarge the photos, just click on them.)
The Bristish and Hessians had more success on their right, driving in the two brigades of American militia.  But behind them was a solid line of fresh Continentals.  Further attacks were deemed futile and so the King's men retreated back across the creek to await developments.  Washington considered a counter-attack, but as darkness was drawing a curtian across the bloodied landscape, he decided otherwise.  It is probably just as well since the British had several cannons in their line that would have dealt out death in bucket fulls.
A fresh wave of British infantry deployed to attack, but the American line was literally untouched by the previous assaults, so the charge was called off.

In this shot you can see the Hessians make progress against the American militia.  Note the many casualty rings, however, that adorn the mercenaries.

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