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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 8:33 a.m. PST

Cornwallis defeated DeKalb's American army at the Battle of Winnsboro in South Carolina on March 30, 1780 in our SC campaign.

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Please click on the link to my blog for tons of pictures and accompanying battle maps.

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All of the figures used in the battle are Fife & Drum Miniatures and all of the buildings and fences were made by Herb Gundt.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 8:53 a.m. PST

Very nice.

saltflats192905 Jun 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

Beautiful looking game

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 10:04 a.m. PST

An outstanding campaign and game report coupled with excellent figures and terrain! It was a most pleasant experience to read and view.

Many thanks for sharing.

Bill N05 Jun 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

I love the pictures you have been posting so much that I hate to point out the time line seems off.

In Historic Time on March 30, 1780 the Siege of Charleston would still be in its early stages, Woodford's Virginia brigade would still be marching south to join Lincoln, Buford's Virginia regiment would be further back, and IIRC de Kalb's Maryland and Delaware troops don't arrive in the south until June. Unless you wreck the entire historic timeline, either the campaign cannot start until June or the American army would be stronger than what you have. Of course an earlier campaign would allow Cornwallis to avoid the army wasting effects of campaigning in the summer.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

With such games I usually fudge the time-line by saying March of 1780 or spring of 1780 or even just, late in the war.

Anyhow, I wish my roads looked that good. Lovely set up. To go to so much trouble for a solo game. I have seen games with up to 12 players and they weren't anywhere as nice as this set up. Good show!

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

Bill N: the timeline is not historical. It's just a devise to bring some structure to the campaign. evil grin

I do like the idea of starting the campaign in June or July and carrying it over into 1781. I might try that the next time.


I am not incorporating weather into this campaign. I just want to try out some basic ideas for a campaign in this test run. I will run more campaigns after the conclusion of this one, adding more bells and whistles to it.

I also do make provision to have small battles between Tories and Whigs in the back country as yet unless a small number of SPs happen to run into each other.

I also want to add some scouting to future camlpaigns to mitigate larger armies running into each other blindly.

The first battle was a success of sorts because neither side wanted to commit to a total battle that would destroy their own armies. This is why DeKalb elected to withdraw, because he was mindful of the need to save a part of his army for the future. I could have played out the game for 5 more turns (max. of 12 in a camlpaign game) and it might have been a different outcome/

Regimental casualties are carried forward into the next battle with no provision for reinforcements on a regimental basis. That tends to limit the desire to fight to the last man.

Bill N05 Jun 2017 4:25 p.m. PST

I should have left it at March 30 DAF timeline equals July 30 Historical timeline.

What triggered my comment was that an earlier fall of Charleston opened up an interesting "what if"-the possibility that all the reinforcements poured into Charleston and captured when Lincoln surrendered would instead have been available to form an additional Continental force larger than de Kalb's.

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

That is a beautiful table – almost looks like a painting. I will be following this on your blog. Thanks for posting.

Normal Guy06 Jun 2017 11:37 a.m. PST

Well done, Jim. Awesome presentation. Especially loved the split rail/stone fences. Way cool.

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