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"The Battle of Newtown, August 29, 1779: An Aggressive" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2020 1:16 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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Berzerker7315 Oct 2020 3:57 p.m. PST

Good account of the battle. Would really like to come up with a Newtown scenario to wargame. The main difficulty would be balancing the scenario where the Iroquois and Rangers have a reasonable chance to win.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2020 5:07 p.m. PST

Or you could have everyone play against the GM as the Continentals and give each different Victory Points if they achieve objectives, some of which may be conflicting.

A la OFM, those points translate into postwar political careers and influence…

Just a thought.


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse16 Oct 2020 8:02 a.m. PST

Eric. That was a Wyoming Massacre game in which the Connecticut Squatters turned on the Tories and Indians and routed them. Who knew?
The most successful Patriot squatter leader was wounded twice. I ruled him dead. He was delighted, because not only would he get a golf course or cemetery named after him like those who survived (Hollenback) but a whole town!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 12:41 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse16 Oct 2020 12:46 p.m. PST

Interesting thing about Butler in the Wyoming Massacre.
There was one on each side, both high ranking officers. The one on the Patriot Connecticut Squatters side survived, and had streets (and a strip club) named after him.

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