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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

"As I continue to prepare for my Carnage & Glory 1777 campaign, I've been playing out a few of the smaller skirmishes that took place in the winter and early spring of 1777, as the British tried to gather supplies in the Jerseys for their armies there and in New York.

Often these foraging parties came under attack by small bodies of Continental troops and larger forces of New Jersey Whig militia. Likewise, the Crown forces garrisons and their local patrols suffered repeated raids and shoot-and-run attacks by these same small rebel forces. These skirmishes escalated by the end of the winter to pitched battles, as the frustrated British commanders put larger and larger forces in the field in an attempt to catch and destroy the American raiders. These attempts almost always came to naught, however, as the Americans either melted back into the countryside or ambushed in turn the British detachments that were sent out to ambush them.

As in any insurgency, clear, factual accounts of engagements are hard to come by. Some of the American accounts of these fights are fairly hard to credit; time after time they claim few or no significant losses in encounters where British troops took heavy casualties. American unit records have largely been lost (or never existed in the irregular and chaotic early American army), and both official and unofficial communications are unreliable, as these were a regular channel for propaganda to the American population and rebel sympathizers back in Britain. So the only figures to go by are British ones, which show that the army took heavier losses in this "non-campaign campaign" than they did in the battles over New York the previous summer: over 900 men killed, wounded, or missing. Clearly, whatever the true story of the American losses, British forces were suffering badly…."


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RebelPaul Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2017 2:19 p.m. PST

Hi Armand

Where did you get the picture?



Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2017 2:48 p.m. PST

It came from the link he provided.


Jeigheff11 Mar 2017 5:25 p.m. PST

Hi folks,

The artwork was done by the late Richard Scollins. It appeared in an early 1980s Military Modelling magazine annual which featured an article about the battle of Guilford Courthouse. The great Mr. Scollins also illustrated a page of the American troops of Greene's army for the same article.

When I first came across this MM annual at the local hobby shop, I couldn't believe my eyes. Other people must remember and like these illustrations too: I see them often on Pinterest. I still have my copy, but it's located somewhere in a stack of old gaming magazines.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 9:24 p.m. PST

Well… our fellow members have answered you my friend…


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