Winter stays late this year, but finally clears enough that I can put my few levies in the western border area of the middle states to some use. I’ve ordered the militia unit at Fort Venango to march to Presqu’ile to take that apparently empty town.
The 1st Light infantry at Pittsburgh has boarded the Ohio Bateaux and has orders to sail to Fort Henry and join Clark and his rangers. Clark will launch a campaign to take Vincennes on the Great Plains this year now that he has decent combat power available to him. If successful there, he’ll move on Fort Detroit next, the American objective town on the western tip of Lake Erie.
With winter gone around Lake Ontario, I expect Cornwallis will begin to move away from Fort Niagara this turn.
At Albany James Clinton appeared this turn and is a pretty bad leader overall. With ratings of 5-1-2 he isn’t good for much more than adding to command abilities, but unfortunately he outranks everyone at Albany. Therefore I’ve given him passive orders to march through British lines to try and go into garrison at Norwich in command of the small detachment Washington is leaving there.
John Glover and John Stark have been detached from Albany leading the two Continental Regular units with orders to march to Fort Stanwix. The purpose is two-fold. First I want to defeat Mathew’s small army of 1 regular and 1 grenadier at Dayton and second I need to get at least one of the militias at Fort Stanwix back to Albany for rebuilding.
Additionally I have a feeling Albany is about to get hit hard by Grey’s large army (27 units reported) at Springfield and I’d prefer not to lose regular units to siege combats if possible.
Washington has been given orders to cross east through the White Mountains to relieve Portsmouth which is again under siege by land. The British navy (Parker’s Fleet) has also shown up again to begin another bombardment and it suffered 26 hits by our guns this turn.
Once the siege is lifted (will take 2 turns to get there) Washington will march south in a bid to take Boston this year. With all the British strength moving into the Mohawk Valley and region around Ticonderoga, I’m hoping Washington’s move goes undetected and he manages to surprise the British around Boston.
Hopefully he can cause some serious damage in Eastern New England and force the British to pull back from campaigning in northern New York this year. If the British manage to take both Albany and Fort Stanwix they’ll cause a delay in French intervention, so I feel the need to make some aggressive moves right now even though Washington’s army is pretty small.
Washington is leaving 1 militia and 1 supply wagon behind as garrison at Norwich. I’d like to leave more but if he hopes to win any moderately sized battles against the British he really can’t afford to leave the 1 unit, but I don’t want to give the British a freebee.
Near Philadelphia my militia unit was met at Princeton by a single British regular and retreated to Trenton with no loss. So much for a cheap victory at Philadelphia.
I’ve ordered Anthony Wayne and Robert Howe with 4 Continental Regulars to march north to retake Philadelphia. Winter is still pretty bad in the area and it’ll take two turns to arrive, so they have orders to retake as many other towns as they can on the way.
Cortland Skinner and 2 British units pulled back to Philadelphia from the area just north of Baltimore, so it appears Wayne will face no opposition until he reaches Philadelphia.
Nathaniel Greene and his militia force should reach Petersburg this turn, so I’ve ordered the Continental regular at Richmond to start heading north to eventually join Wayne’s forces.
At Hillsboro Prevost and 1 British regular have set siege to the town. Marion has been given offensive posture with orders to sortie out of town with his 2 units (1 Partisan and 1 militia) to try and cause some damage and lift the siege.
In the Deep South, Lee captured Augusta without a fight. He’s detached 1 militia as garrison and has offensive posture set with orders to march on Ninety Six.
Lord Dunmore attacked Thickety Fort with 1 militia and 1 Dragoon and took the fort by storm. The defending colonist unit managed to inflict only 1 hit on Dunmore’s force.
It appears Dunmore then moved south after leaving the Dragoon unit behind (how on earth he managed to do that in the middle of a turn execution I’ll never know) as garrison. Dunmore is now in the area of Saluda with a large combined British army.
The army appears to consist of 5 Tories, 2 regulars, 1 artillery and just Lord Dunmore. My guess is that the leader penalty is very high, so I’m confident Lee should do well if he meets Dunmore’s army during the turn.
Finally I was startled to read in the text field that Privateer Bonhomme Richard and Merchantman Independence were sunk and replaced by the Insurgent and Liberty. I immediately assumed this meant Alexandria had been captured and the ships scuttled in port, but upon inspection they were still there and the town was still mine.
Now given the fact that the Bonhomme Richard didn’t historically join the Continental navy until 1779 (http://www.cronab.demon.co.uk/br.htm
) and then was sunk later in that same year, I can’t imagine this is an historical event. So perhaps something is amiss with the code intended to replace these ships if they are ever sunk?
The Liberty and Insurgent appeared at Annapolis and have been given orders to sail to Alexandria and join John Paul Jones’s fleet there.