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Corporal Fagen10 Apr 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

I've come across a number of different accounts in regards to what they actually did there, for example:

A. They were on another assignment and actually missed the battle

B. They stayed with the guns the whole time

C. After the grenadiers' charge was repulsed, they participated in another unsuccessful advance

D. They were flanked by the militia and thrown into confusion

What's the real story?

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 8:49 a.m. PST

What were Ethopians doing in the ARW?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 9:07 a.m. PST

The British called their unit(s) of freed African slaves Ethiopians.


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 9:09 a.m. PST
RudyNelson13 Apr 2018 3:44 p.m. PST

From my special edition TTP on AmRev Loyalist units.
Black company of Pioneers, raised in 1977 from the Lord Dunmores Ethiopian Regiment. The company was commanded by Major Thomas Peters and lasted until 1783.
Corps of Blackioneers was different from the Company above, raised in 1776 from the Ethiopian Regiment
Jamaica Rangers, Legion and Volunteers were units raised mainly from black troops on the island for its defense.
Lord Dunmores Ethiopians were a specific Regiment, 1775-76 was raised in Virginia
, 150 men in 1775, 300 men in 1776, back to 200 strong by July 1776, they were assigned to other Loyalist units when the unit disbanded. They fought at Kemp's Landing on 11-15-75; the Great Bridge as mentioned, in Dec75 with 300 men. Their last battle was 200 men at Gwynn Island on July 1776.
Negro Horse raised from Dunmores Ethiopians in 1782-83, as replacements for troops lost at Yorktown
Ex slaves raised in Savannah May have had a specific name but I only found Savannah's Armed Negroes125 men raised 1778

historygamer14 Apr 2018 8:36 a.m. PST

So back to the original question – what happened at the battle of Great Bridge? According to the books I have on the subject, the links already provided seem to have it right. The Loyal Ethiopians were held back, and seemed to have been eventually outflanked – forcing them to fall back. Given how short a time the unit had been together, at best they might be rated as militia or levies in BG.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

I'm using for Lord Dunmore's Ethiopians the Perry packs, Foundry Maroons from the Pirate range, Old Glory Voodoo Warriors from the Pirates range, and Old Glory Black Seminoles with plastic Zulu head swaps.

That's a big investment for a single one off battle, so I intend a mini campaign. Burning the tobacco plantation of Thomas Jefferson's brother in law will be a highlight. On the bright side, I like to paint. grin

For my TSATF Flames of Liberty variant, they will be more or less treated as Dervish with mixed muskets and boarding pikes. Pikes will get a melee bonus but will not be javelins. As usual, key cards mean shooter picks figure casualties, normal cards mean owner chooses. It may turn out that both sides want to wipe out musketeers, for their own different reasons.

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