The Vales of Lyndurst records the lives of the Anders family in my imagi nation world of mid 18th century England. An England without a King and a dysfunctional Ruling Council of Nobles.
An England where families are torn apart by factions and loyalties remain questionable.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The 1st assault is Repulsed
The First Melee
Confederation 12th, 13th and 94th
battalion charged the hedge-line defended by the Royalist 36th
Foot. All three attacking battalions were already showing signs of
weakening cohesion, none the less they scrambled up to and onto the
hedge- line with considerable impetus.
was all the 36th could do to hold them on the hedgerow, it
was literally every man for himself as they threw themselves at each
other. In some places Confederation troops would make it across the
hedgerow only to be killed on the other side, in other places the
Royalists would themselves climb over the hedge in the madness to get
at the enemy. There was no doubt however the higher morale of the
defending troops was telling against the Confederate soldiers who
were tired and not a little demoralised
with the many losses they suffered in the advance
Confederation Infantry charge the Royalist 36th Foot.
melee lasted for about 15 minutes and in that time though the 36th
remained at the hedgerow, they literally ceased to exist as a
fighting force, in the maddening frenzy of the fight for the
hedgerow, the 36th lost 558 men, 167 dead, 235 wounded and
156 missing. For the Confederates despite attacking through a hail of
musketry and attacking a defended position the units suffered less
in casualties than the Royalists, however it was their low morale
that decided the issue and they broke fleeing to the rear of the
Confederation lines. There was no doubt they would reassemble,
recover and perhaps return to the fray. Their losses in the advance
and the melee for the hedgerow had been 101 dead, 141 wounded and 94
to the road the 111th had come to a halt, refusing to
advance it was all they could do to stand and fire at an enemy in the
woods, an enemy they could not see, apart from the musket flashes and
smoke from their muskets. On seeing their 3 sister battalions
retreating for the rear they themselves fled, their total losses
dead 36 wounded and 24 prisoners.
4 confederate battalions had severe cohesion issues that would take
several hours to recover from.
the next confederate brigade was moving forward to replace the
unfortunate 2nd, it was the 3rd Brigade on loan
from the Duke of Warwick's army.
3rd's commander Major General Sir Edward Saunders merely scoffed at
the 2nd Brigade as its battalions fled past his 3rd,
riding high on his horse he lambasted the 2nd for being
cowards, he urged his own men not to learn anything from people who
were born and bred in Norfolk,
they dont make real soldiers in Norfolk, more like good fisher folk
and dung gatherers; so we have to show them how to behave as real
ordered his 13th Light Infantry out front, he wasn’t
going to make the same mistake that damned cocky General Clinton of
the 2nd made....
“never heard the like of it,” he mused to himself, “advancing
without his light troops, good god the man deserved a good
would take his brigade at least 15 minutes to cover its position in
the reserve area to the front line and be in a position where he
could attack the hedge-line, as he advanced he noticed to his rear
someone had finally the sense to send some artillery forward with
on the other flank the 12th Light Battalion was closing on
the Light troops in the woods as well as spreading out before the
battery. They had already engaged the battery with musketry but the
fire was quite ineffective at long range so therefore the Light
infantry darted and weaved their way forward, all the while being
fired on by the Royalist troops in the woods the right of the
battery, and as they closed on the guns they saw the gunners were
finally alive to the threat closing in on them, the guns were
pointing straight at the 12th, many men dove for the
ground, others continued as they were trained.
Brigade commander of the 6th brigade was pleased the way
his Light Battalion had behaved, he had now decided that he needed to
clear those woods beside the guns, so he sent his 35th
Battalion forward in line, at least this way it would minimize his
losses to fire and give his own men a greater fire effect when they
The 2nd Assault is about to begin.
Preston was both horrified and proud of his 36th
battalion, they had fought like lions and as they withdrew from the
hedge row they crossed over the Claudia stream pushing ahead of them
a large gathering of prisoners , the general rode up to them,
cheering them on.
good fight men, damned good fight, now take your selves back to the
rear and rest up”.
then noticed the Battalion commander riding up to him, Colonel Ramsey
looked exhausted, covered in cuts,scrapes and with blood oozing from
several small wounds.
you and men behaved magnificently, you deserve a rest so take
yourselves to the rear, we will not need your services any more this
Ramsey looked own at his men as they straggled by, exhausted, wounded
but each walking with obvious pride.
turned to General Preston,
be damned, we mauled those bastards that’s for sure, but they will
be back and when they do, me and my lads will be there to meet the
Preston nodded, “But Colonel your Battalion is no more, you have
done very well and your men certainly do not need to prove anything
General Preston, my men will still be in the fight if you have to
strap us to the bloody fence posts, now sir you can piss on your
rest, just give us some food and more ammunition and I will bring my
men back where they belong, in the fight”.
Preston nodded, smiling to himself, he could not be more proud of his
army than he was at this moment, but as he looked towards the enemy
he saw a new Brigade marching towards them, and whoever was
commanding them was not making the same mistake as the earlier
commander, he had light troops out front and they could be a problem
to his remaining battalion on the left, the 33rd Foot.
What is more they were bringing up artillery and cavalry, this attack
was going to be a totally different ball game, that was for sure.
looked anxiously to the rear, hoping to see sight of General Graham
and his men, but still no sign of them.
he could do is wait and pray, pray that his men would hold and pray
General Graham arrived soon.