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Haitiansoldier Inactive Member12 Mar 2017 3:39 p.m. PST

I have been reading a lot of Rev War books recently, about a lot of battles I knew little about like Brooklyn or Yorktown. So much reading has got me thinking.
If you traveled back in time to the war and fight in one battle, major or minor, which would it be? Whose side would you fight on?
Now, you would be visible in this universe and you could talk to other soldiers, but you could not be killed or wounded. You would be in the real thing, shooting and being shot at, but at the end of the day when the battle is over, you return to the present.
So with those conditions and assuming you have to pick one before you are allowed to return to the present, which would it be? I would pick the Battle of Guilford Courthouse as an Continental soldier.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 4:22 p.m. PST

I'd pick each battle my ancestors fought in.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 4:23 p.m. PST

Wyoming Massacre. I live a mile as the crow flies from the battlefield.
I would have been peacefully going about my chores, and the bell or whatever would have sounded summoning me.
I would have grabbed my musket and kissed my wife.
I would have assembled at the muster place.
Then I would have been harangued about the stories and Indusns and set off north.
I would have wondered why we were leaving a perfectly good fort and going out to meet the enemy. But, hey. He's a Colonel!
And I would have run away when we were "Betrayed!" and tried to run back to the fort. If I could.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 4:40 p.m. PST

You don't seem to do anything but ask questions. Do you actually play wargames?

45thdiv12 Mar 2017 5:13 p.m. PST

You don't have to play wargames to be on this site. Plenty of folks of different interests here.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 5:38 p.m. PST

45th, agreed, but Hatiansoldier seems to do nothing but post polls. He offers no information or actual opinion.

Dynaman878912 Mar 2017 5:46 p.m. PST

Trenton – to see the details of my ancestor being captured.

Generalstoner49 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

If I imagined myself as a colonist in that time frame I would most likely be fighting at the battle of Princeton and Monmouth as both are basically in my back yard.

If I were part of the British forces most likely I would have taken the king's shilling in a lowland scot regiment!

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

Kings Mountain. My family still lives on some of the property my ancestor received as a land grant for participating in the battle.

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 10:09 p.m. PST

I'd like to be at Lexington Green and ID who fired the first shot.

45thdiv13 Mar 2017 3:25 a.m. PST

@nnascati. True. Maybe the person is a poll troll. ☺

historygamer13 Mar 2017 7:04 a.m. PST

I find it a rather odd question.

Virginia Tory13 Mar 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

Just be a reenactor!

grtbrt Inactive Member13 Mar 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

Since we are talking pure Sci-Fi/ fantasy here .
based upon his statement I couldn't be killed /wounded , I would choose the siege of Boston and look for Washington, Knox, Arnold and dispose of them .
Than come back to my time and read about the changed history. An amusing afternoon .

Terrement Inactive Member13 Mar 2017 11:44 a.m. PST


saltflats192913 Mar 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

I'd fight in that battle that ended without any casualties.

Bill N13 Mar 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

It is unlikely that I would have the temperament to serve as a regular in any AWI army.

42flanker14 Mar 2017 1:07 a.m. PST

No such thing as a free lunch

Tabletopndice Inactive Member14 Mar 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

No free lunch ???? I'm going home then..!!

42flanker14 Mar 2017 11:09 a.m. PST

Definitely a deal-breaker

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2017 1:49 p.m. PST

With those conditions I would walk right up to Arnold and shoot him dead. But after Saratoga of course.

I would like to be in any battle in warmer weather. Can I have indoor plumbing too? I want to bring a camera along. If I leave the camera by accident, when I return would Hillary or Bernie be President?

grtbrt Inactive Member15 Mar 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

If you left the camera behind -
Edmund , Lord Salterton would be Her Majesties Governor-General of the United Territories of the America's .

Indoor plumbing (flush toilets ) were in use in London by the middle of the revolution . Another important invention of a Scotsman (the S-trap).

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

Yes but those toilets would not be out in the field or at camp. Need a portable one.

Virginia Tory15 Mar 2017 10:43 a.m. PST

Thunder Box!

Haitiansoldier Inactive Member15 Mar 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

Rallynow: I agree, battles in warmer weather would be the best.
I would bring a camera along with me too, since we have no Rev War photos.

Haitiansoldier Inactive Member15 Mar 2017 12:14 p.m. PST

45th: I do wargames but they are not my main area of interest. I prefer discussing historical events instead of playing them.
I don't live in Haiti, my name is simply due to the fact I like the country and history.
If there is anything I want to wargame above all else, it would be battles of the Haitian war of independence against the French from 1802-04.
Anyway, I don't intend for these to be polls. If you are annoyed by them, you don't have to respond. And I certainly are not doing these to troll, but my next post will be dealing with wargaming.

Clays Russians Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 11:18 a.m. PST

None of them really, my family was split in two by the war, half sent to New Brunswick after for serving in the New Jersey Royals and having their farms confiscated, the other half helped them pack and moved to Pennsylvania to get away from the "Jerseys".

grtbrt Inactive Member19 Mar 2017 1:36 p.m. PST

Portable indoor plumbing ? So you want to drive a RV around?

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