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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2019 9:50 p.m. PST

….Attack Carried Out With Audacity

"In 1778 the Continental Congress authorized funds and instructed General George Washington to send an expedition of the Continental Army into Iroquois country to "chastise," or punish, "those of the Six Nations that were hostile to the United Stated." For more than two years, four of the Iroquois Confederacy's Six Nations, specifically the Cayuga, Onondaga, Mohawk and Seneca, along with many of the tribes they considered their "dependents" and allies, had "taken up the hatchet" in the king's favor.

Although led by their own war chiefs, the war parties were often accompanied by officers and rangers of the British Indian Department, who coordinated their efforts with the British military. Other Crown forces were also operating against American settlements. One was a corps of Loyalist volunteers and Mohawk warriors commanded by Captain Joseph Brant, or Thayendanegea, a Mohawk leading warrior and officer of the British Indian Department. Another was Butler's Rangers, a corps of Provincial regular light infantry raised specifically to "cooperate" with the allied warriors and fight according to the Indian "mode" of warfare. It was commanded by long-time Indian Department officer John Butler. Butler served concurrently as the Deputy Superintendent for the Six Nations with the Indian Department rank of lieutenant colonel, while at the same time holding a major's commission in Provincial service as the commander of his ranger battalion. Together they these forces conducted a campaign that terrorized American frontier settlements of New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia…."
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Durban Gamer03 Mar 2019 5:36 a.m. PST

Thanks Armand – I had been looking for a good scenario for my Butlers Rangers and Indians (besides Oriskany)!

Durban Gamer03 Mar 2019 7:32 a.m. PST

Having read up a bit more, I'm thinking that to wargame it historically the Americans should be allowed flank marches from two opposite sides of the table? But the score to come on should be difficult to reflect the challenging nature of the terrain. The British and Indians should have many of their units deployed only on map in ambush positions.
Has anyone gamed this battle?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Mar 2019 9:15 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)

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Armand

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